Oct. 11, 2013
SINGLES | DOUBLES
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Fresh off their national title win Sunday, Tennessee juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese picked up where they left off Friday to start the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships.
Libietis and Reese, the tournament's top seeds and nation's No. 1 team, teamed up for two wins in doubles to advance to the doubles quarterfinals.
The doubles competition picks back up Sunday. Two rounds of singles are scheduled for Saturday with four Vols -- including No. 1-ranked Libietis -- taking the court at 8:30 a.m. at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Since winning at the ITA All-American Championships on Sunday, it has been an short three-day practice week for Libietis and Reese. The two had not spent much time drilling doubles before taking the court for their first match against MTSU's Aaron Jumonville and Ettore Zito.
Libietis and Reese broke MTSU's serve midway through the match and earned an 8-6 victory.
"Mikelis and I just had to get out there," Reese said. "It was our first indoor match of the year. We had to get a little rhythm going. We didn't return particularly well in the first match. I think it was important to just get a win and we got better in the next one."
A few minutes later, the Vol duo returned to the court with a more energetic presence on court and rolled to an 8-2 win against Memphis' Cedric DeZutter and David O'Leary. Libietis and Reese improved to 7-0 on the season and moved into the quarterfinals.
Chaplin and Kerner won their first match of the day and were up two breaks against Louisville's fifth-seeded team of Alex Gornet and Albert Wagner before falling 8-6.
Admission is free to all matches at the tournament at Goodfriend Tennis Center and Knoxville Racquet Club. A live video stream and live blog of the action will also be available at utsports.com.
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships
Friday Tennessee Results
Round of 32
Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese, UT, def. Aaron Jumonville/Ettore Zito, MTSU, 8-6
Jarryd Chaplin/Markus Kerner, UT, def. Mauricio Antun/Marko Lovrinovic, Belmont, 8-5
Van Damrongsri/Sebastian Steifelmeyer, Louisville, def. Sean Karl/Sunay Bhat, UT, 8-1
Round of 16
Libietis/Reese, UT, def. Cedric DeZutter/David O'Leary, Memphis, 8-2
Alex Gornet/Albert Wagner, Louisville, def. Chaplin/Kerner, UT, 8-6