Libietis, Reese roll in first doubles match at National Indoors

Day 1 of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Tennis Championships in New York City was particularly sweet for Tennessee junior Mikelis Libietis. Unfortunately for fellow junior Hunter Reese, the day was only half as such.

Libietis and Reese won their doubles match 8-1 in the round of 32 against Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus of Virginia Tech.

But in singles competition, Libietis was Tennessee’s lone winner as he defeated Baylor’s Patrick Pradella 7-6 (7), 6-4 despite struggling with his serve at times.

“I didn’t serve well at the start of the second set,” Libietis said in a release from UT. “I missed a lot of first serves. In the last two or three service games, I got focused on where I needed to serve.”

Reese fell to Nathan Pasha of Georgia 6-2, 6-3 to force his exit from the singles tournament.

Three more wins for Libietis and Reese would mean a sweep for the Vols’ pair of every major college fall championship.

Softball: The Tennessee softball team will welcome back several of its past stars as the Lady Vols host their annual Alumnae Game on Friday. First pitch at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium is at 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

The alumnae team will feature many former players who played in Tennessee’s six Women’s College World Series appearances over the past nine years including: Ashley Andrews,Melissa Brown, Kat Card, Raven Chavanne, Kat Dotson, Sarah Fekete Bailey, Morgan Fowler, Allison Fulmer, Lauren Gibson, Kelly Grieve, Lillian Hammond, Whitney Hammond, Cat Hosfield, Tiffany Huff, Stephanie Humphrey Sayne, Nicole Kajitani, Danielle Pieroni, Ivy Renfroe and Caitlin Ryan.

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