Hunter Reese last Vol standing at Wake Forest Invitational

Tennessee sophomore Hunter Reese is ranked 40th nationally and won two matches to reach the semifinals at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday.

Reese (13-3) beat Anthony Declore 7-5, 6-3 and Adam Lee 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to earn a semifinal matchup today with Morgan Mays of Wake Forest.

UT's other winner was senior Taylor Patrick, who defeated David Hopkins of Wake Forest 6-4, 7-5 before losing to Mays in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-4.

Track and Field: Freshman Jacob Blankenship made a big splash for UT at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington.

Blankenship won the men's pole vault with a jump of 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches, only four inches off the freshman record set by Olympian Lawrence Johnson in 1993.

Senior Lady Vol Nijgia Snapp defended her 800-meter title from last year's meet with a time of 2:09.68.

"She looked good and hopefully can continue that throughout the season," said J.J. Clark, director of track and field and cross country at UT.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Terry Benson, Breon Dixon, Michael Williams and Antonio Carter clocked in at 3:15.99 to win the final event of the day.

Swimming: Tennessee split a dual meet on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in both squads' first competition since November.

The 10th-ranked Lady Vols finished first in 15 of 16 events for a 186-108 victory over the Hokies.

Sophomore Tristan Slater picked up a pair of victories once again for the men but 17th-ranked Virginia Tech won 10 events in the Vols' close 166.5-133.5 loss.

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