Oct. 20, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sophomores Mikelis Libietis and Brandon Fickey both won a pair of matches Saturday to advance at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships.
Libietis, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, picked up his victories in straight sets. He beat Alejandro Augusto of Tennessee Tech for the second time in eight days, winning 6-2, 6-4 in his first match. He then beat 17th-seeded Christoph Lang of Middle Tennessee State 6-1, 6-3.
With the wins, Libietis improved to 9-1 this fall. He faces 11th-seeded Albert Wagner of Louisville on Sunday to play for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Fickey also enjoyed a good day on the singles courts as the No. 13 seed. He defeated Brandon MacDonald of Xavier 6-4, 6-3 in his first match and turned the tides dramatically from the second set on to beat Juan Ramirez of ETSU 0-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Fickey now has 10 wins this fall, becoming the third Vol to reach the mark this season. He plays seventh-seeded David O'Leary of Memphis in his next match.
Libietis won's just be busy with singles Sunday. He and John Collins will be in the doubles quarterfinals as well. The two Vols are seeded No. 1.
Four other Vols competed in singles Saturday, Jarryd Chaplin, Edward Jones and John Collins all received first-round byes, but Chaplin was the only one to win his first match. Chaplin beat Cliff Morrison of Ball State 6-4, 6-1 but lost his next match to Vanderbilt ace Ryan Lipman 7-5, 6-4.
Senior Taylor Patrick picked up a win in the consolation draw, beating Tanner Brown of Lipscomb 6-3, 6-3.
USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships
Round of 64
Mikelis Libietis (2), UT, def. Alejandro Augusto, Tennessee Tech, 6-2, 6-4
Brandon Fickey (13), UT, def. Brandon MacDonald, Xavier, 6-4, 6-3
Jarryd Chaplin (17), UT, def. Cliff Morrison, Ball State, 6-4, 6-1
Dimitrije Tasic, Indiana, def. Edward Jones (17), UT, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6
Kevin Lai, Kentucky, def. John Collins (17), UT, 6-3, 6-1
Round of 32
Libietis (2), UT, def. Christoph Lang (17), MTSU, 6-1, 6-3
Fickey (13), UT, def. Juan Ramirez (17), ETSU, 0-6, 6-2, 6-0
Ryan Lipman (12), Vanderbilt, def. Chaplin (17), UT, 7-5, 6-4
Taylor Patrick, UT, def. Tanner Brown, Lipscomb, 6-3, 6-3