April 16, 2013
Junior Jarryd Chaplin was named the 2013 SEC Men's Tennis Community Service team, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Sydney, Australia, recently wrapped up his best conference season while also finding time to pitch in off the court.
Chaplin and the Vols adopted an honorary player for the season, Ryan Breedlove, a local 9 year old who is fighting eye cancer. The team held a signing ceremony for Ryan and gave the family a tour of the complex among other activities. The Breedloves have since been frequent fans at the Vols' home matches all season.
Chaplin was also part of a Christmas gift-wrapping campaign, helped with a Halloween party for Children and visited the local Boys and Girls Club multiple times.
On the court, Chaplin is 18-9 in singles and 25-9 in doubles. He was 7-3 in singles during SEC play on courts 3 and 4, the second-highest win total on the team this season.
IN THE RANKINGS
As a Team: Tennessee (21-7, 8-4) returned to No. 7 nationally in the ITA team rankings after wrapping up the regular season with a home sweep against Alabama and Auburn.
With the wins, the Vols secured the No. 2 seed in the SEC Championships and a bye into Friday's quarterfinals. They face the winner of the match between Auburn and Vanderbitl.
In Singles: Sophomore ace Mikelis Libietis moved back to No. 3 nationally. He finished SEC play 8-1 in singles and 10-1 in doubles. He is 33-5 overall in singles this year, a marked improvement over his 20-win freshman total.
Hunter Reese is now ranked No. 34. He is 27-7 overall and 6-3 in singles.
In Doubles: Libietis and Reese moved up to a career-best No. 3 in the rankings thanks to a 10-0 record in SEC play. The Vols' top team reunited in the second week of the conference season and immediately vaulted up the charts thanks to seven wins against ranked teams.