April 24, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese earned All-SEC honors for the third time in their careers, the conference office announced Thursday.
Libietis and Reese both took first-team honors after leading at the top of Tennessee's singles and doubles lineups once again.
Reese, No. 27 in the ITA national singles rankings, has played at the No. 1 position in the Vols' singles lineup during conference play. He is a team-leading 25-9 this season with wins over three top-10 opponents. He became the first Vol to win the singles title at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in the fall.
Libietis, ranked 34th, is 21-13 this year and enters the NCAA season having won four of his last five matches. He has seven wins against ranked opponents this year.
In doubles, Libietis and Reese proved to be one of the top doubles teams in the nation firms third year. This year has been their best yet as a pair. They enter the final month of the season with a 30-5 record, including 9-1 in SEC play.
Together, Libietis and Reese won the doubles title at the ITA All-American Championships and were finalists at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships during the fall. They have been ranked in the top two all season.
Libietis and Reese are starting to join some exclusive company as they finished their third years at Tennessee. They are the Vols' first three-time All-SEC representatives since John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic earned four consecutive honors from 2008-11.
Tennessee (17-10), ranked 20th nationally, awaits the release of the NCAA Championship draw on Tuesday.