Sept. 23, 2012
WACO, Texas -- Jarryd Chaplin and Edward Jones captured the Baylor HEB Intercollegiate doubles title, and Hunter Reese reached the singles final Sunday to wrap up Tennessee's first fall tournament.
Veteran doubles players Chaplin and Jones broke Robert Verzaal's serve in the final game to beat him and Baylor teammate Marko Krickovic 8-6 in the championship match to win their first title together.
"There were some close matches, but we stepped it up when needed," said Jones, who recorded his 70th career doubles victory Sunday. "Chaps served great all weekend, which made my job easier."
Tennessee's early-season trophy collection did not end with doubles, though.
Thanks to consistent play all weekend and a career-best five-match winning streak, Reese was the finalist in the 64-player singles tournament.
Reese, ranked 34th nationally in the ITA preseason poll, earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded Julian Lenz of Baylor in the morning semifinals. He lost 6-3, 6-3 in the afternoon championship match to Mate Zsiga of Baylor, the tournament's top seed and seventh-ranked player in the country.
"Hunter has proved he's one of the better players in the country right now," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "He definitely improved from his first match this weekend to the last one. He played a very tough, close match in the final. He's managing his game better than he has in the past, which is great to see."
Seeded fourth in the tournament, Chaplin and Jones won five matches in three days on their way to the title. The road was not an easy one and included three close 8-6 wins and a tiebreaker victory over Idaho in the quarterfinals. The Vols upset second-seeded Zsiga and Lenz 8-6 in Saturday's semifinal.
"It was great we could get through a couple of tight matches and come away with the title," Chaplin said. "It's great to win a title, especially against some good competition."
Chaplin and Jones, who formed Tennessee's reliable No. 2 team last season, now have two career doubles titles each. The two now have a 15-4 record together, including 9-2 in dual matches together last season.
"Ed and I play well together, and it felt like we just picked up from the spring last year," Chaplin said.
The Vols are back in action next weekend as the ITA All-American Championships prequalifying singles tournament begins in Tulsa, Okla.
Baylor HEB Intercollegiate
Sunday's Tennessee Results
Hunter Reese (2), UT, def. Julian Lenz (4), Baylor, 6-1, 6-2
Mate Zsiga (1), Baylor, def. Reese (2), UT, 6-3, 6-3
Jarryd Chaplin/Edward Jones (4), UT, def. Marko Krickovic/Robert Verzaal (3), Baylor, 8-6