Vols Off to Fast Start on Home Courts

Oct. 12, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- All seven Vols competing in the Tennessee Fall Invitational went undefeated through two opening rounds of singles Friday.

Mikelis Libietis, Hunter Reese, Brandon Fickey and Jarryd Chaplin all advanced to the quarterfinals in the top flight in singles. The senior trio of John Collins, Taylor Patrick and Edward Jones did the same in the second flight.

"As Sam (Winterbotham) stated a few minutes ago, it was a good job to get through the day, everyone, but our goal is for all of us to be playing each other," Chaplin said. "It means we have reached that stage of the tournament where we're just beating up on each other. That's what we're shooting for tomorrow.

"Hopefully, we'll all come out strong in our first matches as we did today."

It was a long day for the Vols on court. All of them arrived for doubles and warmed up under the lights before the sun rose. Reese and Jones were among the players finishing their second-round singles matches back under the Barksdale Stadium lights in the evening.

Top-seeded and defending champion Libietis was the only Vol in the top flight of singles to win both matches in straight sets. He beat Joshua Maylon of Dayton 6-0, 6-3 and Alex Gornet of Louisville 6-4, 6-4.

Tennessee's doubles pairings also opened the invitational undefeated, with two teams making their tournament debut. Collins and Jones won their first match together, as did Reese and Fickey in the Goodfriend draw. Libietis and Chaplin, the top-flight defending champions, ran their record to 6-1 together as a pairing with a victory in the Smokey draw.

Saturday's matches will be broadcast at utsports.com/allaccess. A live blog with tournament scores will be available at utsports.com.

Tennessee Fall Invitational
Friday's Results
Orange Draw
Round 1

Mikelis Libietis (1), UT, def. Joshua Maylon, Dayton, 6-0 6-3
Hunter Reese (2), UT, def. Manuel Barroetavena, Chattanooga, 6-3, 6-4
Brandon Fickey (3), UT, def. Lauri Makikalli, Wright State, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Jarryd Chaplin (5), UT, def. Matthew Barry, Penn State, 6-3, 6-2

Round 2
Libietis (1), UT, def. Alex Gornet, Louisville, 6-4, 6-4
Reese (2), UT, def. Mesa Mei, Xavier, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Fickey (3), UT, def. Zachary Mueck, Xavier, 6-0, 6-3
Chaplin (5), def. Hayden Joblin, Wright State, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3

White Draw
Round 1

John Collins, UT, def. Guanhua Chen, Penn State, 6-0, 6-3
Taylor Patrick, UT, def. Evan Neuman, Wright State, 6-0, 6-1
Edward Jones, UT, def. Aaron Wong, Western Michigan, 6-2, 6-1

Round 2
Collins, UT, def. Michael Moe, Xavier, 6-3, 6-0
Patrick, UT, def. Luis Elizondo, Louisville, 6-3, 6-3
Jones, UT, def. Patrick Bandy, Xavier, 7-6, 6-2

Goodfriend Draw

John Collins/Edward Jones, UT, def. Chris Smith/Roberto Vieira, UTC, 8-5
Brandon Fickey/Hunter Reese, UT, def. Jami Clark/Hayden Joblin, Wright State, 8-1

Smokey Draw

Jarryd Chaplin/Mikelis Libietis, UT, def. Syrym Abdukhaikov/Alejandro Augusto, Tennessee Tech, 8-5





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