Sunday's Success Promises All-Vol Final

Oct. 4, 2009

Junior Matteo Fago and freshman Rhyne Williams earned two more victories Sunday and will face each other for the championship at the Georgia Tech Fall Tournament in Atlanta.

No. 2-seeded Fago defeated No. 8-seeded Gera Boryachinskiy of Clemson 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Later that day, he earned a victory in straight sets over Georgia's Christian Vitulli 6-3, 6-1.

Williams, the No. 5 seed, won his quarterfinal match 6-3, 6-3 over No. 4-seeded Drake Bernstein of Georgia. In the semifinals, Williams beat South Alabama's Lucas Viel 6-2, 6-0.

"Having two players in the finals is great because it's one of the few times as a coach that you can be a spectator and just watch the show," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "And hopefully, Matteo and Rhyne will put on a good show. The great part is that no matter the outcome tomorrow, it will be a win for Tennessee."

In the back draw, redshirt freshman Max Stevens played past Tyler Droll of Furman 7-5, 6-4. He then defeated Virginia Tech's Will Beck 6-4, 6-2. Stevens lost his opening-round match on Saturday but has won three consecutive matches since.

Freshman Edward Jones, who defeated the No. 1 seed Saturday before falling into the back draw, earned a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Virginia Tech's Zach Pine. Jones later lost to Rok Bizjak of Clemson 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles, Fago and Williams lost in the quarterfinals to Mikk Irdoja and Rafael Array of Armstrong Atlantic State.

ITA All-American: Senior Matt Brewer begins qualifiers Monday to earn a spot in the main draw of the annual ITA All-American in Tulsa, Okla. Brewer earned a qualifying position by finishing runner-up in the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in August.



Juniors John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic automatically qualified for the main draw, which begins Thursday.


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