Tennessee men, women extend NCAA streaks in tennis

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese in the final singles match during the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships at Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, TN on October 15, 2013. Reese won the match 4-6, 3-1, after Libietis retired due to injury. Photo By Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics

Photo by Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athleti, University of Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese in the final singles match during the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships at Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, TN on October 15, 2013. Reese won the match 4-6, 3-1, after Libietis retired due to injury. Photo By Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee’s men and women are headed to North Carolina for NCAA tennis but not the same location.

The men open at Duke, the Lady Vols at North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

UT’s 20th-ranked men will play the first and second rounds at Duke in Durham, N.C., as the No. 2 seed in the four-team region. The Vols (17-10) face 54th-ranked Elon (19-4) on May 10 at 9 a.m. If the Vols win, they advance to face either 11th-ranked Duke (19-6) or unranked Winthrop (16-9) on May 11 at 2 p.m.

Tennessee beat Duke 4-2 in an indoor thriller at home early in the season.

Tennessee has made the NCAA field 24 times since the change to the tournament’s team format in 1979. It will be the Vols’ eighth appearance under coach Sam Winterbotham.

Under Winterbotham, Tennessee is 17-7 in the tournament, advancing to the round of 16 five times and the quarterfinals or beyond three times. Tennessee played in the championship match in 2010.

The Lady Vols will be nearby in Chapel Hill for their 20th straight NCAA appearance.

Tennessee (13-12) will face Sun Belt champion Georgia State (12-8) on May 9, while seventh-seeded North Carolina (24-5) will play VCU (12-9).

The winners square off May 10 for a berth in the Round of 17 in Athens, Ga., which also holds the men’s tournament.

“Getting in was a great thing and I am excited that they did get in,’’ said Lady Vols co-head coach Mike Patrick in a school release. “It will give us a lot of experience.’’

Singles and doubles selections for the NCAA individual championships will be announced Wednesday.

Baseball: Tennessee’s home game on Tuesday night against Middle Tennessee State was canceled due to field conditions and impending bad weather.

No make-up date was set. The Vols (26-16, 8-13 SEC) play host to Kentucky in an SEC series starting Thursday night.

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