KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A 4-0 sweep for the No. 6 Tennessee men's tennis team over 28th-ranked Florida State Saturday afternoon at Barksdale Stadium advances the Vols to the NCAA quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.
Tennessee (25-7) also moves on to the NCAA Round of 8 for an 11th time in program history, while Florida State's (18-11) season comes to a close.
"We were talking about it in the locker room, the season kind of starts now," Tennessee head coach Chris Woodruff said. "This is where you want to be. Most of the schools that are going up here have a long history of winning titles, or are runners-up, conference championships or tournament championships. It's a very special feeling and I'm glad that we get to go there.
"As we've discussed, almost everyone on our squad has been in this environment and knows what we're getting into. Having said that, we will prepare like we would for any other tournament, and we will go out there to play loose, play free, go for our shots and see what happens."
UT graduate student Adam Walton etched his name further into the record books Saturday, as his 6-1 doubles win with Pat Harper made him the sixth Vol in program history to accrue 100 singles wins and 100 doubles triumphs in a career.
The Vols clinched the doubles point behind a 6-4 victory from No. 21 Emile Hudd and Shunsuke Mitsui on court two, defeating Florida State's Loris Pourroy and Andreja Petrovic. Tennessee continued to ride the momentum created by the home crowd as singles play began and had a red-hot start to those singles matches, taking five first sets in the early going.
"I can't thank the fans enough that they would want to come out and support us," Woodruff said. "We've worked really hard. The community should be proud of our guys, and we should be honored that they would want to come out today. It was a great day for tennis, and I am really excited about the future of our program."
UT senior Martim Prata was the first to earn a singles victory Saturday, conquering Maks Silagy in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Court three saw #74 Hudd toppled Florida State's Sebastian Arcila, 6-4, 6-3 to hand the Vols a commanding 3-0 lead.
Then, in poetic fashion and his last match in Knoxville, third-ranked Walton clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over #51 Pourroy. It marks his second clinch of the season and his 119th career singles win.
WALTS REACHES HISTORIC MILESTONE
In the final home match of his collegiate career, Adam Walton reached the 100-win mark in doubles to join five other VFLs as the only Vols in program history to tally 100 career triumphs in both singles and doubles. Tennessee's 100/100 Club Byron Talbot (1985-88) - 161 singles wins / 131 doubles wins Shelby Cannon (1985-88) - 140 singles wins / 128 doubles wins John-Patrick Smith (2008-11) - 152 singles wins / 146 doubles wins Boris Conkic (2008-11) - 108 singles wins / 115 doubles wins Mikelis Libietis (2012-15) - 106 singles wins / 118 doubles wins Adam Walton (2017-22) - 119 singles wins / 100 doubles wins.
1. #13 Adam Walton/Pat Harper (UT) def. Maks Silagy/Josh Karpenschif (FSU) 6-1
2. #21 Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui (UT) def. Loris Pourroy/Andreja Petrovic (FSU) 6-4
3. Johannus Monday/Mark Wallner (UT) vs. Alex Bulte/Youcef Rihane (FSU) 6-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: (1,2)
1. #3 Adam Walton (UT) def. #51 Loris Pourroy (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
2. #10 Johannus Monday (UT) vs. Andreja Petrovic (FSU) 6-4, 6-6 (0-1), unfinished
3. #74 Emile Hudd (UT) def. Sebastian Arcila (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Shunsuke Mitsui (UT) vs. Youcef Rihane (FSU) 6-2, 6-6 (1-4), unfinished
5. Pat Harper (UT) vs. Josh Karpenschif (FSU) 4-6, 5-5, unfinished
6. Martim Prata (UT) def. Maks Silagy (FSU) 6-3, 6-4 Order of Finish: (6,3,1)
The Vols will face Baylor in the NCAA quarterfinals Thursday at 4 p.m. ET