Men's tennis falls to Ole Miss

The ninth-ranked Tennessee men’s tennis team lost, 4-2, to No. 10 Ole Miss on Sunday at the Gillom Center in Oxford.

The match was originally scheduled to take place outdoors, but was moved inside due to rain and high winds.

The Vols (14-5, 1-2 SEC) secured the doubles point against Mississippi (10-2, 4-0) by taking two of the three matchups.

In the singles portion, only 13th-ranked sophomore Mikelis Libietis was able to secure a victory for Tennessee at No. 1 singles over 12-ranked Nik Scholtz in three sets. The Vols lost four other single matches in straight sets including fifth-ranked Jonas Lutjen beating No. 33 Hunter Reese in the day’s other meeting of ranked players at No. 2 singles.

“As a team, we were uninspired, we were scared,” Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham said. “It’s my job to make sure they compete the way Tennessee expects them to.”

Tennessee returns to action at home next weekend with conference matchups with Florida and South Carolina after two months on the road.

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