Vols back on Winning Track, beat MSU 5-2

The Tennessee men's tennis team defeated Mississippi State, 5-2 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts to bounce back from its first lost of the season.

"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





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