Aug. 5, 2013
It was another strong year on the tennis courts and in the classrooms for the Vols, who were well represented on the ITA's national academic awards list.
Hunter Reese, Jarryd Chaplin, Edward Jones and Colton Norton were all named ITA Scholar Athletes after keeping their respective grade point averages above 3.5 for the 2012-13 school year. All four Vols have earned that honor at least once before in their UT careers.
Reese, a kinesiology major, enjoyed a standout sophomore season for the Vols. He was ranked in the top 50 in singles all season and was ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles with Mikelis Libietis on his way to earning All-America honors for the first time.
Chaplin played at the No. 3 and 4 positions in the singles lineup for the Vols this season and earned All-SEC honors for the first time as a junior after going 7-3 in SEC play and posting a career-best 21 wins during the year.
Like Chaplin, Norton is preparing to start his senior year at Tennessee. The Vols' walk on from Jackson, Tenn., is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete. He recorded his first victory in a dual match last season, earning a doubles win with Jones.
Jones is the only graduating member of the award recipients. One of the Vols' most veteran doubles players in recent memory, Jones ended his four-year career with 93 doubles wins, the seventh most in UT history. He will be attending graduate school at Winthrop in the fall.
As a team, the Vols finished the 2013 season with a 26-9 record, reached the NCAA quarterfinals and were sixth in the final national rankings.
In Sam Winterbotham's seven seasons as head coach of the Vols, the team has excelled in every category. The Vols have finished in the top 10 of the national team rankings five times and have reeled in three Southeastern Conference titles. Individually, the Vols have boasted 15 players in the national singles rankings, including three at No. 1.
Academically, the Vols have been strong there too. The Vols have had 18 members of the team named ITA Scholar Athletes, including 15 in the last four years. Members of the team have been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll 39 times.