Libietis, Reese roll into semifinals

Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese rolled into the semifinals of doubles at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York on Friday.

Libietis and Reese fell behind early in quarterfinals but ripped off six games to win 8-3 over Liberty’s tandem of Jorge Azuero and Shea Thomas at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center.

Next up are fourth-seeded Illinois pair Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski at 9 a.m. today.

In singles, Libietis lost to Southern Cal’s Ray Sarmiento, 7-5, 7-5.

Reese had lost earlier but bounced back in the consolation round Friday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Texas’ George Goldhoff.

Reese plays again this morning.

Libietis and Reese are trying to become UT’s first doubles teams to win multiple national championships. They won the ITA All-American Championships last month.

Softball: The Lady Vols welcomed home more than 15 decorated alumnae for Tennessee’s annual Alumnae Game at Lee Stadium.

Despite losing notable contributors, such as Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson, from last year’s Women’s College World Series runner-up squad, the current Lady Vols handled the alumnae team, 7-0.

Current Lady Vol sophomore Lexi Overstreet went 2-for-2 with four RBIs on a single and a two-run home run in the first inning.

Chavanne and Kelly Grieve were the only two to record hits for the alumnae team.

Other notable returnees included: Sarah Fekete, Lilliam Hammond, Whitney Hammond, Carissa Roustan, Morgan Fowler, Shelby Burchell-King, Tiffany Huff, Caitlin Ryan, Melissa Brown, Alison Fulmer, Ashley Andrews, Katherine Card and Kathleen Hosfield.

Earlier in the day, Chavanne was selected as one of 10 to be honored in January with the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community.

Cross Country: Tennessee’s Peter Okwera was named first-team All-SEC Friday, based on the results of the conference meet earlier in the week. Chelsea Blaase made the women’s second team.

Kemoy Campbell of Arkansas is men’s runner of the year and Dominique Scott of Arkansas won the women’s honor.

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