"I was proud of the way they guys finished their matches," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "When we got up, we stayed up, and finished with wins. I was glad that we were able to bounce back from a tough defeat on Friday night. Now we turn our attention to a crucial SEC match against Florida.
The Vols (11-1, 1-1 SEC) won the doubles point behind victories at the No. 1 and 2 position. Boris Conkic and Davey Sandgren, ranked 35th, defeated Ryan Farlow and Pjotrs Necajevs, 8-1 at the No. 2 position. Kaden Hensel and J.P. Smith, ranked 17th, defeated 59th-ranked Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux 8-2 to clinch the point for UT. The Vols have now won the doubles point in 10 of 11 matches this season.
UT went up 2-0 when Max Genuini of Mississippi State had to withdraw from the match because of injury. Jeremy Tweedt was winning the match 4-2 in the first set when the injury occurred.
Smith gave UT a 3-0 lead when he defeated 42nd-ranked Frayssinoux at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-2. Smith has now defeated eight ranked opponents this season.
Freshman Matteo Fago clinched the match for UT with a win at No. 5 singles. The freshman from Ceprano, Italy defeated Antonio Lastre 6-1, 6-3. Fago had a good weekend in singles as he also won his match Friday against Ole Miss at the No. 5 position.
Conkic gave UT a 5-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Farlow. The UT freshman from Novi Sad, Serbia is 18-4 this season in singles.
Mississippi State (4-4, 0-2 SEC) got on the board when Chris Doerr outlasted Sandgren at the No. 4 position. Sandgren won the first set in a tiebreaker but Doerr battled back to win the second set and then defeated Sandgren in the tiebreaker to win.
Bjelica held off Hensel at No. 1 singles to finish the match. The Mississippi State Bulldog won the first set and in the second set won in a tiebreaker to defeat Hensel 6-3, 7-6.
The Vols return to action next Friday when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the 11th-ranked Florida Gators. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m ET. Live scoring can be found at UTsports.com.
|No. 14 Tennessee 5 No. 49 Mississippi State 2|
|1.||No. 45 Ivan Bjelica (MSU)||def.||No. 74 Kaden Hensel (UT)||6-3, 7-6(5)|
|2.||No. 20 J.P. Smith (UT)||def.||No. 42 Philippe Frayssinoux (MSU)||6-2, 6-2|
|3.||Boris Conkic (UT)||def.||Ryan Farlow (MSU)||6-2, 6-1|
|4.||Christopher Doerr (MSU)||def.||Davey Sandgren (UT)||6-7(2), 6-3, 1-0(10-6)|
|5.||Matteo Fago (UT)||def.||Antonio Lastre (MSU)||6-1, 6-3*|
|6.||Jeremy Tweedt (UT)||def.||Max Genuini (MSU)||4-2, ret.|
|Order of Finish: 6,2,5,3,4,1|
|1.||No. 17 Hensel/Smith (UT)||def.||No. 59 Bjelica/Frayssinoux (MSU)||8-2|
|2.||No. 35 Conkic/Sandgren (UT)||def.||Farlow/Necajevs (MSU)||8-1|
|3.||Doerr/Stump (MSU)||def.||Fago/Tweedt (UT)||8-7|
|Order of Finish: 2,1,3|