May 21, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rain delayed Tennessee's match for most of the afternoon Friday, but the hours off the court did not alter the rhythm of the second-ranked Volunteers.
The Vols swept Louisville for the second time this year, rolling quickly to a 4-0 victory indoors to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tennis Championships for the first time since 2002.
Tennessee (29-1) won the doubles point and took first-set leads on three of Georgia's four indoor courts. The Vols have posted a school-record 15 shutouts this season.
"The score looked like it was easier than what it actually was," Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham said. "I thought Louisville did a great job. They pushed us really hard in doubles. We had a couple guys really step up and play well in singles."
Friday's round of 16 match started outdoors at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, but rain started pouring 10 minutes into doubles play. Tennessee and Louisville had to wait two hours for the conclusion of UCLA's 4-2 victory over Stanford on the indoor courts before resuming competition.
Tennessee faces Baylor in the quarterfinals Sunday at 3 p.m. Baylor defeated Texas A&M for the first time in three meetings this year, winning 4-1 after losing the doubles point.
After moving inside, junior Matteo Fago and freshman Edward Jones collected a quick 8-3 victory on court 3. Senior Davey Sandgren and junior John-Patrick Smith, the third-ranked team nationally, defeated Simon Childs and Alejandro Callegari 8-5 to clinch the doubles point for Tennessee and earn their 36th win of the season in the process.
Singles went quickly for the Vols with their pair of standout freshmen Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams led the way. Sandgren extended his winning streak to 14 matches, defeating Alejandro Calligari 6-1, 6-3.
Less than minute later, Williams finished with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Simon Childs. Williams has won four sets 6-0 in his first three NCAA dual matches and improved to 37-6 this season.
"I thought Rhyne and Tennys, our two freshman, came out just as they've done all year," Winterbotham said. "Just seeing them develop is fantastic. They handled this situation just like it was one more match, nothing special about it. They're doing their part."
Smith, the top-ranked singles player, closed the door on the shutout with his ninth win over a top 25 player this year, defeating Austen Childs 6-2, 6-2. Smith has a 41-6 record this season.
The fifth and sixth singles positions did not even begin their matches.
1. #1 John-Patrick Smith (TENNESSEE) def. #19 Austen Childs (LOUISVILLE), 6-2, 6-2
2. Viktor Maksimcuk (LOUISIVLLE) vs. #36 Boris Conkic (TENNESSEE), 6-4, 1-4, DNF
3. #45 Rhyne Williams (TENNESSEE) def. #92 Simon Childs (LOUISVILLE), 6-2, 6-0
4. #111 Tennys Sandgren (TENNESSEE) def. Alejandro Calligari (LOUISVILLE), 6-1, 6-3
5. Andrew Carter (LOUISVILLE) vs. #116 Matt Brewer (TENNESSEE), DNP
6. Robert Hall (LOUISVILLE) vs. Matteo Fago (TENNESSEE), DNP
1. #3 Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith (TENNESSEE) def. Simon Childs/Alejandro Calligari (LOUISVILLE), 8-5
2. Austen Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk (LOUISVILLE) vs. #12 Rhyne Williams/Boris Conkic (TENNESSEE), 5-3, DNF
3. Edward Jones/Matteo Fago (TENNESSEE) def. Andrew Carter/Chidi Gabriel (LOUISVILLE), 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,3,1).