After defeating in-state rival Tulane and wrapping up nonconference play last weekend, the No. 31 LSU men’s tennis team will get a taste of Southeastern Conference competition when No. 56 Tennessee (8-4) and Kentucky (6-6) travel to Baton Rouge.

The Tigers (9-1) will square off against the Volunteers on at 4 p.m. Friday before facing the Wildcats at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“These are the matches you come to college to be a part of,” said coach Jeff Brown. “Tennessee and LSU are among the top programs in the conference, and it will be a great fight to the end.”

LSU sits atop the SEC standings and doubles play is a large part of the reason. The Tigers are undefeated this season when securing the first team point on the doubles courts.

Women’s tennis

LSU OPENS SEC PLAY AGAINST SECOND-RANKED GEORGIA: The No. 44 ranked women’s tennis team (8-3) begins its SEC schedule against No. 2 Georgia at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dan Magill Complex.

“It’s going to be a tough test at Georgia,” coach Julia Sell said. “This just begins a difficult conference slate. We are going to face five teams in the top 15 and the depth of the league is so great. We just have to go out there and improve off the things we worked on this week.”

Georgia is 7-3 and boasts five singles players ranked and three doubles teams in the top-60.

The Lady Tigers are 8-3 year and have two players ranked in the latest ITA poll.