Sept. 22, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Tennessee's Hunter Reese marched to the singles semifinals while Edward Jones and Jarryd Chaplin advanced to their first final career doubles final together Saturday at the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate.
Reese lived up to his No. 2 seeding in the second day of the Vols' season-opening tournament. He defeated Idaho's Abid Akbar 6-2, 7-6 in the third round and then cruised past UT-Pan American's Thomas Panoulas 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Ranked 34th nationally in the ITA preseason rankings, Reese has nearly matched his freshman fall win total with this one tournament alone. He was 5-2 last fall and already has four wins to start his sophomore year.
In doubles, the Vols had three of the eight teams in the quarterfinals, but only one pairing advanced. The veteran team of Chaplin and Jones, the fourth seeds, defeated Akbar and Marius Cirstea of Idaho 9-8 (2) in their quarterfinal match.
A few hours later, Chaplin and Jones punched their ticket to the finals by knocking off the second-seeded Mate Zsiga and Julian Lenz of host Baylor 8-6 in the semifinals.
Chaplin and Jones will play for their first doubles title as a pairing while improving to 14-4 together in their careers. Sunday will be the second title match for both Chaplin and Jones individually. Chaplin won the top flight of the 2011 Tennessee Fall Invitational with Mikelis Libietis, while Jones teamed up with Tennys Sandgren to win the first flight of the 2010 Elon Invitational.
In the other doubles quarterfinals, top-seeded Reese and senior John Collins were upset 8-4 by Tulsa's Japie De Klerk and Alejandro Espejo. Sophomore Brandon Fickey and senior Taylor Patrick lost to third-seeded Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal 8-4.
Chaplin and Fickey both lost their singles matches in the round of 16. Chaplin rallied to win the second set but lost to Southern Mississippi's Matt Frost 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, while Fickey dropped his match 6-3, 6-4 to Trpimir Kujundzic of Virginia Tech.
Baylor HEB Intercollegiate
Round of 16
Hunter Reese (2), UT, def. Abid Akbar, Idaho, 6-2, 7-6
Matt Frost, Southern Miss, def. Jarryd Chaplin, UT, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3
Trpimir Kujundzic, Va. Tech, def. Brandon Fickey, UT, 6-3, 6-4
Reese, UT, def. Thomas Panoulas, UT-Pan American, 6-2, 6-1
Jarryd Chaplin/Edward Jones (4), UT, def. Abid Akbar/Marius Cirstea, Idaho, 9-8 (2)
Japie De Klerk/Alejandro Espejo, Tulsa, def. Hunter Reese/John Collins (1), UT, 8-4
Marko Krickovic/Robert Verzaal (3), Baylor, def. Brandon Fickey/Taylor Patrick, UT, 8-2
Chaplin/Jones (4), UT, def. Mate Zsiga/Julian Lenz (2), Baylor, 8-6