Men’s Tennis Central: # 5 Tennessee at # 12 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riding a three-match win streak and holding a top-five national ranking for a 25th consecutive week, the No. 5 Tennessee men’s tennis team is on the road this weekend for a bout with the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats Friday. First serve is scheduled for 5 pm ET.

The Wals have won each of the previous four meetings with the Cats and would improve to 6-3 in conference action this season with a victory Friday.

Match live stats can be found here and live streaming can be accessed here.

LAST TIME OUT
Tennessee enters the road contest in the Bluegrass State having trounced Arkansas in its most recent outing, 6-1 in Knoxville last Friday.

SCOUTING KENTUCKY
Friday marks the 114th all-time meeting between the Vols and Wildcats. Tennessee leads the series 67-46, dating to 1930. The Vols (17-5, 5-3 SEC) have taken the previous four matchups against Kentucky (15-6, 6-2 SEC), with the latest victory coming in 4 -3 fashion in 2021. A win would extend the Tennessee streak to five matches and would serve as the fifth consecutive triumph over Kentucky. A five-match win streak would be the Vols ’longest win streak over the Wildcats since winning six consecutive matches from 1977-84. Kentucky is 3-2 in its last five outings and have dropped two in a row, with wins over no. 22 Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, as well as losses to No. 8 Virginia at home and No. 10 South Carolina on the road.

VOLS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
# 5 – Johannus Monday
# 14 – Adam Walton
# 45 – Emile Hudd

Doubles
# 19 – Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui
# 79 – Pat Harper/Adam Walton

WILDCATS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
# 16 – Gabriel Diallo
# 30 – Liam Draxl
# 84 – Joshua Lapadat
# 95 – Francois Musitelli

Doubles
# 56 – Liam Draxl / Millen Hurrion

HUDD STEPPING UP
Since being called on to play No. 2 singles for the Vols, senior Emile Hudd boasts a 5-2 record in the previous seven matches, including two match clinches and a pair of ranked singles victories during that span. Overall this season, Hudd is 23-7 through 30 completed singles matches, including a 14-5 (6-2 SEC) mark in dual matches.

STILL THE REIGNING DOUBLES CHAMPS
Tennessee’s Aussie doubles tandem and reigning NCAA Doubles National Champions Adam Walton and Pat Harper are 11-4 as a pairing this season, including an unblemished 5-0 mark in SEC play. The duo has won six in a row and eight out of their previous nine finished doubles matches.

ROAD VOLS
Tennessee is 5-1 in true road matches and 9-2 away from Knoxville this season. Four of its five true road triumphs have come in SEC action, while also defeating then-fifth-ranked TCU in the third match of the dual season.

LEXINGTON FACTS
• The Jif peanut butter plant in Lexington produces more peanut butter than any other factory in the world.

• Until 1793, Lexington served as the temporary capital of Kentucky.

• Lexington is referred to as the “Horse Capital of the World.”

UP NEXT
Tennessee travels south on Interstate 65 to face in-state rival Vanderbilt in Nashville Sunday. First serve is slated for 1 pm ET.

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