Experience brought the second-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team back from the brink of defeat Sunday.
Late wins by senior Matt Brewer and juniors John-Patrick Smith and Matteo Fago propelled the Vols to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"In 4-3 matches, you learn a lot about your team," UT coach Sam Winterbotham said. "I think today was no exception. We learned a great deal about the saying, 'It's not over until it's over.' "
The Vols (11-1) took a 1-0 lead following doubles, but Wake Forest (6-2) earned straight-set wins at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to go ahead 3-1.
That's when the tides turned.
Brewer dropped his first set 2-6 to Zach Leslie but dug in and evened the match with a 6-3 win in the second set. Brewer took the third set 6-3 to win the match.
Smith, ranked second, was taken to a third set but defeated No. 73 Tripper Carleton 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to tie the score 3-3. He has a 25-5 record and has defeated 15 ranked opponents this season.
Everything came down to Fago at the sixth position. Because Leighton Stadium has only five courts, his match with Danny Kreyman did not begin until there was an open court. Knowing his match would be necessary for the Vols, Fago showed no signs of hesitation. He quickly downed Kreyman 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the match and earn his 20th victory of the season, a career best.
Women's Tennis: The 13th-ranked Lady Vols concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-2 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame (10-1).
Tennessee (6-4) won the doubles point and junior Rosalia Alda won at No. 3 singles, beating Chrissie McGaffigan 4-6, 6-4 (1-0) to record her 13th overall win and sixth in dual-match play.
Men's Golf: Tennessee is in a seventh-place tie after 18 holes at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The Vols combined for a 16-over-par 304, led by matching 6-over 75s from junior Cameron Lawrence and sophomore Garrick Porteous. Also scoring for UT with a pair of 77s were junior Robin Wingardh and sophomore Darren Renwick.
Host North Florida (288) leads the 15-team field at Sawgrass Country Club. The Ospreys were paced by Joe Byun's 69 that topped the individual leaderboard.
Former West High School standout David Holmes shot 78 for UT.
Former Webb standout Wes Roach of second-place Duke shook off an early double-bogey by making three birdies to shoot 74.
Women's Swimming: The foresome of senior Michele King, junior Morgan Farrell, sophomore Jenny Connolly and freshman Kelsey Floyd swam a season-best 1 minute, 30.04 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle relay Saturday at the Tennessee Championship Qualification "Last Chance" Meet at Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
The mark ranks 10th in the country, according to collegeswimming.com.
A few minutes later, sophomore Tori Richmond shattered her career best in the 200 breaststroke to earn an NCAA B-cut. Her time of 2:12.25 was seven seconds faster than her previous best and ranks No. 25 nationally.