Mikelis Libietis wins ITF Futures doubles title

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Tennessee junior Mikelis Libietis closed out his summer tennis schedule Friday by winning his second ITF Futures doubles title in the last month.

Libietis and doubles partner Oskars Vaskis made good on their fourth match point in the super tiebreaker to secure a 6-7 (3), 6-3, (12-10) victory over second-seeded Kirill Dmitriev and Luca Margoli in the doubles finals at the Nordea Mens Futures in Jurmala, Latvia.

Libietis also played in the singles semifinals, where he lost to Italian Giammarco Micolani in a three-hour thriller 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7).

In four Futures events, Libietis put together a 12-3 singles record and went 9-2 in doubles.

Softball: Former Tennessee standouts Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson won a gold medal without playing Friday when the U.S. Women’s National Team was declared winner by default in the rain-plagued Mayors Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Chavanne hit .400 (4-for-10) in three games with three runs, one RBI, one walk and two stolen bases. Gibson was 2-for-8 with one double, two RBIs and two runs over three games.

For the summer, Chavanne is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with one double, three RBIs, 13 runs and eight stolen bases in 15 appearances. Gibson has played in 14 games and is hitting .372 (16-for-43) with four homers, 11 RBIs, four doubles and 13 runs.

Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly joined Team USA as an assistant coach this week.

The U.S. remains in San Juan for the Pan American Games qualifier.

The U.S. is in Pool 1 with Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Aruba, El Salvador and Peru.

The Americans open pool play against Peru on Saturday.

Soccer: Tennessee’s soccer team will host an Orange and White intra-squad scrimmage Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at Regal Soccer Stadium.

Lady Vols coach Brian Pensky and players will hold a Meet and Greet from 5-6:15 p.m.

Admission is free and all fans will receive a voucher for free admission to the season opener against Oklahoma on Aug. 23.

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