April 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team (12-10, 3-7 SEC) will wrap up its regular season this weekend against two top-10 opponents, traveling to Knoxville to take on the No. 10 Tennessee Volunteers (19-7, 6-4 SEC) on Friday and then to Athens on Sunday to face the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (17-4, 9-1 SEC). Friday's match is set to start at 1 p.m. CT, while Sunday's match will begin at Noon CT.
The Crimson Tide is coming off a tough loss to the then-No. 12 Texas A&M. Alabama started off hot with two top-25 wins in the doubles portion to earn the early 1-0 lead, however, the Tide stumbled in the singles portion of the match, dropping four straight matches to seal the victory for the Aggies.
Alabama currently has two players nationally ranked in singles with No. 79 Jarryd Botha and No. 98 Becker O'Shaughnessey. The men also have two doubles teams ranked nationally in No. 30 Botha and David Vieyra as well as No. 58 O'Shaughnessey and Daniil Proskura.
The Volunteers dropped four spots in the ITA DI National Team Rankings this past week due to their 4-3 loss to LSU. Tennessee is led by No. 4 Mikelis Libietis, who has a 17-1 record this spring in the No. 1 singles position. The Volunteers also have the sixth-ranked doubles team in the nation with the duo of Libietis and his partner, Hunter Reese.
Georgia has won eight matches in a row with all of those wins coming by at least a two-point margin. The Bulldogs currently have four players ranked nationally in singles in No. 7 KU Singh, No. 44 Nathan Pasha, No. 64 Ben Wagland, and No. 121 Hernus Pieters. They also post two top-25 doubles teams with the duos of No. 5 Wagland and Pieters, as well as No. 24 Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux.
Live scoring will be available for both matches and can be found on the men's tennis schedule page on RollTide.com.