Action for the singles draw kicks off Monday, May 23, while the doubles bracket begins play Tuesday, May 24. Tennessee is represented in the singles draw by Rebeka Mertena while Tenika McGiffin/Daria Kuczer partner up for doubles action.
Live stats for singles and doubles will be provided by Illinois and can be found here. There are also still a number of tickets available for the duration of the men’s and women’s singles and doubles championships which can be purchased here. For those unable to attend, all matches will stream live through the TennisONE app, the same streaming service that was used during the team bracket of the NCAA Championship.
Mertena enters the weekend holding the No. 29 ranking nationally. The senior holds a 23-16 record in singles this year and was 6-6 in dual action at No. 1. She will take on seventh-seeded Erin Cayetano of USC in the first round of the tournament beginning at 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET Monday evening.
In doubles, McGiffin and Kuczer reunite for the first time since the final match of the regular season at Alabama. The pairing posted a 9-8 record and compiled five ranked wins throughout the season, including two victories over top-10 foes, being the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked pairings in the country. The duo enters the weekend ranked 21st nationally and will face Anna Brylin/Brooke Killingsworth of Wake Forest in a rematch of the January 23rd match where the Lady Vol duo won 6-3. The time of first serve is still TBA.
All singles and doubles matches will be best two-out-of-three sets. In doubles play, a 10-point super tiebreak will be used in lieu of a third set.