The 19th-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team will be going to Seattle next week after earning a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Saturday night by beating No. 18 North Carolina 4-1 at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Urbana, Ill.
The Vols (9-0) cruised in singles after winning the doubles point.
Hunter Reese at No. 2, Brandon Fickey at No. 4 and Edward Jones at No. 6 each won in singles. Mikelis Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin, and Reese and Fickey each won in doubles."This team has massive heart," Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham said. "There are three doubles and six singles matches out there, and they're all pulling for each other. You always feel like you have a chance with these guys."The victory came a day after beating 16th-ranked Illinois 4-0.
However, the match was closer than the final score indicated with four singles matches going the full three sets.
Tennessee won the doubles point and then got singles victories from Fickey on court 4, Libietis on court 1 and John Collins on court 5.
Women's Tennis: The 23rd-ranked Lady Vols lost its first dual meet of 2013 to No. 17 Nebraska at the ITA Kickoff in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday."We fought hard today, said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "Nebraska has some fast indoor courts, jumped us a little bit in doubles. We got back in the singles and competed in every spot but just came up a whisper short."
Tennessee will face Georgia Tech, which lost to Notre Dame 4-3, today.
Track and Field: The men and women finished competition at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge in College Station, Texas.
UT joined forces with the host school to represent the SEC and beat out schools from the Big 12 and Pac-12.
Freshman Alexis Panisse won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 53.49 seconds. Graduate student transfer Hannah Davidson won the 3,000 meters in 9:44.19.
Freshman Jake Blankenship continued his success in the pole vault with a mark of 17 feet, 4¼ inches to win and set the meet record.
Redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 60-0¼. Redshirt freshman Austin Whitelaw had the final Vol win with an 8:20.45 in the 3,000 meters.
On Friday, Tennessee's distance medley relay teams finished second (women), and third (men).