Feb. 14, 2011
The third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers swept Louisville 7-0 Monday at Goodfriend Tennis Center in their last match before traveling to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships later this week.
The Vols (6-0) took the doubles point and won five of six singles matches in straight sets to hand 13th-ranked Louisville (8-1) its first loss of the season.
"We're getting better," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "I can start to see us getting our legs under us a little bit. We've worked them very hard, and we're starting to see them coming out of that. I felt the last couple of matches like their legs were heavy, but I didn't see that today."
Tennessee can now turn its attention to the 16-team field at the National Indoors, which starts Friday in Seattle. The ITA has not released the tournament draw. Last season, the Vols reached the finals for the second time in program history.
The Vols started Monday by winning doubles matches on all three courts. Sophomores Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren were first off court 2 with an 8-4 victory against Simon Childs and Andrew Carter. Seniors Boris Conkic and John-Patrick Smith clinched the point for the fifth time this season by beating Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk 8-6 at the top of the lineup.
Singles went quickly for the Vols as Tennessee wrapped up the team shutout in just less than three hours.
Like in doubles, Sandgren was first off the court in singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Maksimcuk on court 3. Conkic followed suit on court 5 with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Carter to give the Vols a 3-0 lead.
Williams clinched the team victory for the Vols by defeating eighth-ranked Austen Childs for the fourth time in his career and the third time this season. The top-ranked sophomore won the first set 6-3 and shut out Childs 6-0 in the second on court 1. Williams improved to 21-4 overall with seven wins against top-10 opponents.
After the victory was secured, Fago won in straight sets on court 4 and Jones did the same on court 6. It took a 10-point tiebreaker to win it, but Smith preserved the shutout by rallying from a slow start to beat Simon Childs 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
The Vols were coming off a 7-0 shutout on the road against 14th-ranked Duke on Saturday. While it was unusual to play an away and home match in a three-day span, Winterbotham said the experience was good preparation for the SEC season, where the Vols will travel to two schools for matches during road-trip weekends.
"It was different, but I think the guys handled it really well," Winterbotham said. "We talked about how we need to be ready. This is home.
"I feel like we have a great crowd, but we lead the crowd with our emotions, just like anybody. I don't feel like we did a very good job of that in three doubles courts, but we led in singles and that was good."
Tennessee 7, Louisville 0
1. #1 Rhyne Williams (UT) def. #8 Austen Childs (UL) 6-3, 6-0
2. #21 John-Patrick Smith (UT) def. #98 Simon Childs (UL) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. #75 Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) 6-3, 6-0
4. #38 Matteo Fago (UT) def. Alejandro Calligari (UL) 6-4, 6-3
5. Boris Conkic (UT) def. Andrew Carter (UL) 6-1, 6-1
6. Edward Jones (UT) def. Dante Terenzio (UL) 6-4, 6-2
1. John-Patrick Smith/Boris Conkic (UT) def. Austen Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) 8-6
2. Rhyne Williams/Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. Simon Childs/Andrew Carter (UL) 8-4
3. Edward Jones/Matteo Fago (UT) def. Alejandro Calligari/Amaury Derognat (UL) 8-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,6,2).