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Men’s Tennis Central: #6 Tennessee at #5 TCU

Men’s Tennis Central: #6 Tennessee at #5 TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas – The sixth-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team is set for a top-six matchup against No. 5 TCU on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (1 CT) at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Vols took a 4-1 decision over Oklahoma in the ITA Kickoff Weekend final to advance to their fourth consecutive ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Angel Diaz clinched the match for the Big Orange, routing the Sooners’ Mark Mandlik, 7-6(5), 6-3, at the No. 6 spot.
 
SCOUTING TCU
Sunday marks the 11th all-time meeting between the Vols and Horned Frogs. Holding a 7-3 all-time advantage over TCU, Tennessee won the first five matches of the series, which dates to 1983, and has won two of the past four.
 
The most recent meeting between the two squads came last season, with TCU emerging with a 4-1 win in Knoxville. In 2022, the Vols traveled to Fort Worth and defeated the Horned Frogs, 4-3, in a nearly five-hour affair.
 
TCU is off to a 3-0 start in 2024, sweeping Abilene Christian, Rice and Tulsa. Third-ranked Jack Pinnington, playing at the No. 2 spot this season, earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors after accumulating a 9-3 singles record, six vs. ranked opponents, in 2023. No. 14 Pedro Vives, reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year, posted a 17-6 record last season, playing primarily at No. 5 and 6.
 
VOLS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
#20 – Johannus Monday
#33 – Shunsuke Mitsui
 
Doubles
#26 – Johannus Monday/Angel Diaz
#34 – Filip Pieczonka/Shunsuke Mitsui
 
HORNED FROGS IN THE RANKINGS
Singles
No. 3 – Jack Pinnington
No. 14 – Pedro Vives
No. 30 – Sebastian Gorzny
No. 64 – Lui Maxted
 
Doubles
No. 7 – Sebastian Gorzny/Pedro Vives
No. 15 – Duncan Chan/Lui Maxted
No. 58 – Julian Alonso/Tomas Jirousek
 
HOT START FOR SHUN
Shunsuke Mitsui is off to an impressive 11-0 start on the singles courts, dating to fall action. The junior has defeated three ranked opponents while holding the longest winning streak of the 2023-24 squad. With his win over OU’s Schlageter last weekend, Mitsui tied his career-best win streak of 11, which he’s now accomplished three times, the last being March 16, 2023 to April 22, 2023.
 
UNDEFEATED IN SINGLES
Johannus Monday and Filip Pieczonka, along with Mitsui, are all undefeated in singles competition through UT’s first seven matches of the dual season.
 
VOLS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Tennessee is off to an impressive 7-0 start to its 2024 campaign. This is the third time under head coach Chris Woodruff the Vols have started a season 7-0, going 8-0 to start the 2021 season and 7-0 in 2018.
 
MILESTONE TRACKER
●      Johannus Monday is two wins shy of earning his 75th career doubles victory.

  • Younes Lalami is one victory away from reaching 40 career singles dual match wins.
  • Shunsuke Mitsui needs one more singles victory to hit 75 career singles wins.

●      Angel Diaz is three wins away from earning his 90th career singles victory.
UP NEXT
Tennessee will head to the Big Apple to take on No. 9 Columbia at Philip and Cheryl Milstein Family Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. ET.