Jan. 11, 2011
HONOLULU -- The third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers ended their stay in Hawaii by winning all nine singles matches from the host school Tuesday in the final stage of the Rainbow Warrior Challenge.
Sophomore Rhyne Williams, who opened the spring season No. 1 in the national singles rankings, won his eighth consecutive match by beating Hawaii's Dennis Lajola 6-4, 6-4.
Williams was one of eight Tennessee players to win in straight sets Tuesday. Notably, senior John-Patrick Smith logged his 125th career singles victory, quickly defeating Leo Rosenberg 6-1, 6-2.
In his return to the courts, senior Boris Conkic improved his record 3-0 over the week, as did freshman Jarryd Chaplin, a January addition to the team. Senior Matteo Fago, who is ranked 38th nationally, won his seventh consecutive match.
Sophomore Taylor Patrick was the only Vol to play three sets. After dropping the first set, he rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Danile Llarenas.
The Vols were initially scheduled to play Hawaii on Monday, but rain washed out competition in the afternoon.
Tennessee played 13th-ranked Louisville on the first two days of the event. The Vols took 8 of 9 doubles matches from the Cardinals, and then won 15 of 18 singles matches two days later.
By competing in the Rainbow Warrior Challenge, the Vols had a opportunity to play in Hawaii for the first time since 2002.
All-Tournament Team: All told, the Vols won 24 of 27 singles and 8 of 9 doubles matches during their stay in Hawaii, and four Vols were named to the seven-player all-tournament team: Williams, Smith, Sandgren and Conkic. Williams was named tournament MVP after winning all three of his singles matches and both doubles matches.
Williams and Conkic were named an all-tournament doubles team, as was Smith and Chaplin.
Up Next: The Vols host the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships this weekend for the first time in 13 years. The annual tournament will be held on campus from Friday through Monday in the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center, which was expanded from four to six courts during the offseason. The event includes a 64-player singles draw and a 32-team doubles draw. Tennessee boasts the last two singles champions: Conkic in 2010 and Smith in 2009. Smith also won the doubles title with Davey Sandgren in 2009.
Rainbow Warrior Challenge
Tuesday's Singles Results
No. 1 Rhyne Williams (UT) def. Dennis Lajola (UH) 6-4, 6-4
No. 21 John-Patrick Smith (UT) def. Leo Rosenberg (UH) 6-1, 6-2
Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. Jeremy Tweedt (UH) 6-3, 6-3
Boris Conkic (UT) def. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) 6-2, 6-2
No. 38 Matteo Fago (UT) def. Jared Spiker (UH) 6-1. 6-3
Jarryd Chaplin (UT) def. Dmytro Kovalyov (UH) 6-3, 6-4
Jonathan Brooklyn, Hawaii
Austen Childs, Louisville
Simon Childs, Louisville
Boris Conkic, Tennessee
Tennys Sandgren, Tennessee
John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
Rhyne Williams, Tennessee
MVP: Rhyne Williams,Tennessee
Rhyne Williams/Boris Conkic, Tennessee
John-Patrick Smith/Jarryd Chaplin, Tennessee
Austen Childs/Viktor Maksimcuk, Louisville