No. 9 Duke hands Vols first tennis loss, 4-1

The Tennessee men's tennis team dropped its first match of the season on Friday, losing to ninth-ranked Duke, 4-1, at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N. C.

Tennessee won its first 10 matches of 2013 before falling behind early to the Blue Devils. After losing the doubles point, then falling behind 3-0, the Vols received their lone point behind a singles victory from sophomore Brandon Fickey.

Fickey earned his first top-20 win by defeating 14th-ranked Michael Redlicki 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Fickey and fellow sophomore Hunter Reese claimed Tennessee only doubles win by beating Fred Saba and Bruno Semenzato 8-3.

Softball: The Lady Vols continued their winning ways with blowout victories in a doubleheader at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.

After beating Southern Utah on Thursday to open the season, Tennessee defeated Idaho State 14-2 in five innings. The Lady Vols' offensive barrage was led by grand slams from seniors Kat Dotson and Raven Chavanne.

Freshmen pitcher Erin Gabriel made her debut and pitched three innings before senior Ivy Renfroe finished the game without allowing a hit.

In the second game, junior Ellen Renfroe, Ivy's younger sister, pitched her second career no-hiter as Tennessee routed Utah State 10-0. Junior Tory Lewis led the team with three runs batted in.

The Lady Vols continue action in the Red Desert Classic today with another doubleheader. They face South Dakota at 1 p.m. and Brigham Young at 3:30 p.m.

Track and Field: Senior Nijgia Snapp and junior Kianna Ruff both ran personal bests to finish first and second in the Olympic Developmental heat of the women's 800-meter run on the first day of the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas. Snapp finished in 2 minutes, 7.08 seconds with Ruff just behind in 2:07.48.

Freshman Cameron Brown increased his personal best in the men's weight throw with a toss of 62 feet, 1¼ inches to finish third.

Former Vol Dentarius Locke finished second in the men's 60 meters for Florida State with a time of 6.56 seconds.

Tennessee distance runners Peter Okwera and Hannah Davidson competed in 5,000 late Friday at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

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