Vols 2-0 to start off men's tennis season

Sophomore Brandon Fickey led the charge in Tennessee's 4-0 season-opening victory Thursday over Tennessee Tech at Goodfriend Tennis Center.

The 19th-ranked Vols (2-0) later defeated Alabama-Huntsville 7-0.

Fickey, a former Webb School standout, did not lose a game in singles and doubles for the Vols against Tennessee Tech.

Fickey and Hunter Reese teamed up at No. 3 doubles for an 8-0 victory over Alvaro Cintas and Othon Lima. In singles, Fickey was the first off the court with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Cintas, who was making his collegiate debut.

After taking the doubles point on courts 1 and 3, the Vols continued the dominance in singles against Tennessee Tech (0-1).

Fickey rolled through his match and was followed a few minutes later by Jarryd Chaplin's 6-1, 6-1 win over Vasily Eremeev and Edward Jones' 6-1, 6-1 victory against Lima.

Tennessee won five of six first sets. Mikelis Libietis was broken twice and dropped his opening set 7-5 when the match was clinched. Reese had won his first set in a tiebreaker.

Baseball: The Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet on Thursday was canceled after snow made driving conditions dangerous.

"We are very sorry that the Leadoff Banquet will not take place as planned," UT coach Dave Serrano said in a UT release. "I know that our fans were very excited for this event, as was I. Unfortunately, sometimes there are things in life that we can not control and it simply was not safe for us to ask our fans to risk their safety.

"While we will not be able to hold this year's Leadoff Banquet, we are planning to hold some sort of event to thank our great fans and help kick off the 2013 campaign. Check back in the coming days for more information about that event."

Tennessee 4, Tennessee Tech 0

Singles

1. Mikelis Libietis, UT, vs. Syrym Abdukhalikov, TTU, 5-7 unfinished; 2. Hunter Reese, UT, vs. Alajandro Augusto, TTU, 7-6 unfinished; 3. Jarryd Chaplin, UT, def. Vasily Eremeev, TTU, 6-1, 6-1; 4. Brandon Fickey, UT, def. Alvaro Cintas, TTU, 6-0, 6-0

5. John Collins, UT, vs. Artem Tarasov, TTU, 6-4, 2-2; 6. Edward Jones, UT, def. Othon Lima, TTU, 6-1, 6-1

Doubles

1. Libietis/Chaplin, UT, def. Augusto/Abdukhalikov, TTU, 8-1; 2. Jones/Collins, UT, vs. Eremeev/Tarasov, TTU, 6-3 unfinished; 3. Reese/Fickey, UT, def. Cintas/Lima, TTU, 8-0

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