Sept. 12, 2009
Two of Tennessee's doubles pairs won their semifinal matches Saturday to earn spots in Sunday's finals at the Louisville Fall Invitational at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky.
Sophomore Bryan Swartz and freshman Edward Jones defeated Skip Span and Matej Zlatkovic of Illinois State 8-1 in the Flight A bracket semifinals. Swartz and Jones play Illinois State's Alexander Pelaez and Filip Miljevic on Sunday.
Redshirt freshmen Taylor Patrick and Max Stevens advanced to the Flight B doubles final by defeating Priyank Gangadharan and Arul Selvan of Western Kentucky 8-5. Patrick and Stevens face Lendl Smith and Jonas Imhof of Vincennes in the finals.
"We progressed well in doubles today and continue to work towards what's going to help the team win championships," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "This tournament has been good for the guys to know what high quality college tennis is and what we expect of them at Tennessee."
Stevens had won twice on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Flight A singles competition but lost a three-set match Saturday to Western Kentucky's Tomi Krug 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Jones also reached the Flight A semifinals courtesy of two three-set victories but dropped his semifinal match 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to Timon Reichelt of Illinois State.
Patrick and Swartz played in the Red Flight consolation draw in singles. Patrick defeated Adam Donaldson of Louisville in straight sets 7-6, 6-4. Swartz lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Andrew Carter, also from Louisville.
The Louisville Fall Invitational concludes Sunday.