March 10, 2010
Tennessee freshman Rhyne Williams collected his first Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors after an undefeated road trip to start conference play.
Williams, ranked No. 51, earned a pair of singles victories against Auburn and Alabama from the No. 3 position. He defeated No. 89 Alex Stamchev of Auburn 6-4, 6-2 to improve to 8-2 against ranked opponents in his first season for the Vols (13-1, 2-0 SEC).
He was the first to finish in UT's 4-1 win over Alabama, beating Jarryd Botha 6-2, 6-4.
Williams, a Knoxville native, is the second on the Vols in singles wins with a 24-5 record. He has won 9 of his first 10 dual matches.
In doubles, Williams and junior Boris Conkic won two more matches and extended their winning streak to 11 last weekend. They have climbed to No. 5 in the ITA national rankings and are undefeated in dual matches, playing all but one match in the No. 2 position.
Williams and Conkic have a 20-2 record this year and have -- more often than not -- won in lopsided fashion. They have lost four or fewer games in 14 of their wins.
The Vols have five freshman on the roster this spring, and Williams was the first to earn SEC freshman honors. Junior John-Patrick Smith has been named SEC Player of the Week twice this season, including last week.
The Vols host a pair of SEC matches this weekend at UT Varsity Courts. They play No. 27 Vanderbilt on Friday at 1 p.m. and No. 6 Kentucky at 1 p.m. A live, interactive blog as well as live scoring will be available at UTSports.com.