BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The WKU men's tennis team returns to action on Thursday with a road contest against Tennessee State after going 13 days without playing a match.
The Hilltoppers (4-6), who started the season 0-5, won four of five during a stretch of five matches in five days in Alabama, concluding the trip on March 9. WKU's only loss on the trip came in a 4-3 defeat to Alabama-Huntsville.
WKU is a perfect 25-0 all-time against Tennessee State dating back to the 1991 season. The Hilltoppers swept both matches with the Tigers last season.
WKU vs. Tennessee State News and Notes
- WKU will look to remain undefeated against Tennessee State, as the Hilltoppers are a perfect 25-0 against the Tigers dating back to the 1991 season. WKU is 15-1 in matches played at Tennessee State, with the only loss coming this season to Detroit. The Hilltoppers played Detroit at TSU before hitting the road for Alabama on March 4.
- The Hilltoppers picked up a pair of 6-1 wins over Tennessee State in 2011, with the last coming on April 3 in Nashville, Tenn. WKU swept the doubles portion of the match and took five of the six singles, losing only at the top singles spot.
- WKU and Tennessee State will meet for the 15th consecutive season. The Hilltoppers and the Tigers are scheduled to meet twice this season, mark the fifth-straight season the two programs have met twice in a season.
- After opening the season 0-5, WKU has reeled off four of its last five, including two in a row. The Hilltoppers went 4-1 during a five day trip through Alabama.
- WKU has seven scheduled matches left in the 2012 season before heading to Texas for the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The Hilltoppers went 5-1 against the remaining opponents in 2011, with the only loss coming to Bellarmine.
- The Hilltoppers have used 15 different doubles combinations in 2012, after just eight different duos in 2011. Arul Selvan and Josh Smith lead the team with four different doubles pairings this season.
WKU Individual News and Notes
- Sophomore Josh Smith has seemingly won the No. 1 singles spot in the Hilltopper lineup, winning six in a row from the top singles position to improve to a team-best 6-2 in singles play. WKU managed just one win from the No. 1 spot last season, finishing 1-16. Smith’s six wins in a row are the most since 2010, when Thomas Krug also ran off six in a row. Krug finished that season 16-2 from the No. 1 singles position.
- Senior Arul Selvan has won three singles in a row, giving him 31 for his career. Selvan hit 30 career wins on March 8 against Alabama State, taking down Lex Pierre, 7-5, 6-1.
- Junior Lance Freeman is also closing in on 30 career singles wins, currently sitting at 26 for his career. Freeman has won two in a row and is currently 4-6 in 2012.
- Junior Lance Freeman played in his 30th-consecutive match against Murray State. Currently, Freeman has suited up in 36-straight matches, trailing only Arul Selvan’s 42 consecutive starts among active WKU players. For their careers, Selvan leads all Hilltoppers with 64 career starts, followed by Freeman with 47.
- Junior Lance Freeman and cousin Brody Freeman have been become quite the doubles tandem of late, as the Freeman’s went a perfect 5-0 in doubles play during the spring break road swing in Alabama. The doubles pairing was the first this season for the two. Brody is now 5-2 in doubles in 2012, while Lance sits at 6-3.
- Freshmen Brody Freeman and Andrew Fish have seen extensive action on a relatively young Hilltopper tennis team. Fish and Freeman have gone a combined 8-7 in singles play and 10-4 in doubles play. Fish owns the second-best singles record on the team at 5-1, trailing only Josh Smith’s 6-2 mark.
- Sophomore Patrick De Seroux saw the first action of his career against Murray State, starting at No. 3 doubles along with teammate Bobby Whitmer.
- Junior Lance Freeman picked up his 20th career doubles win against Alabama A&M, teaming with cousin Brody Freeman. The Freeman’s have won five in a row, with all five wins coming in Alabama. Lance is now 20-12 in doubles play for his career and just four singles wins away from 30.