The Tennessee women’s tennis team started the Tennessee Fall Invitational in winning fashion Friday, winning six of seven singles matches at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
“Singles went really well for us today,” Lady Vols co-head coach Mike Patrick said in a school release. “We’re proud of all their efforts. I was really pleased with Jo playing another quality player. It’s the first time she’s played in flight one for us. On that higher level, she raised her game and did a great job for us.
“The five freshmen also did a super job today. They have their ups and their downs, but their hard work is paying off.”
In the dual-meet style tournament, Tennessee had its singles success against North Carolina State
Joanna Henderson won 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 45 Joelle Kissell in the flight one. In flight three, Eve Repic took down Rachael James-Baker 6-2, 6-3 while Brittany Lindl earned a 6-3, 6-0 win in flight four.
At flight five singles, Laurence Guevremon beat Natalia Janowicz 6-4, 6-0. In fight six, Victoria Olivarez beat Sophie Nelson 6-0, 6-4 and Ashlee Boles beat Taylor Zaytoun 6-2, 6-3 in flight seven.
In doubles, Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams beat Kentucky’s Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten in flight one, 8-3. The Lady Vols list matches in flights two and three.
“For doubles, we’ll try to come up with a new game plan for tomorrow, maybe some new teams, we’re still experimenting,” Patrick said. “We’ve got a lot of freshmen who are still learning doubles play, so we’ll try to get that fixed over the next few days, but I liked the way they competed.”
The Lady Vols will face N.C. State in doubles today and Ohio State in singles. Doubles play begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by singles.
Men’s Tennis: Tennessee senior Jarryd Chaplin and junior Brandon Fickey teamed up for another doubles win to advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
Chaplin and Fickey defeated South Alabama’s Shayann Vaezzadeh and Tuki Jacobs 8-6 in the second round to wrap up a long day for Fickey at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Tennessee duo faces Southern California’s Roberto Quiroz and Michael Grant in the next round.
Fickey spent practically his entire day on court. He won his first match of the day over Central Florida’s Matthew Gladstone 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. In the afternoon, he came out on the losing end of a long three setter 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0 to Notre Dame’s Quentin Monaghan in the third round.
Tennessee senior Colton Norton lost in the second round of singles to Southern California’s Rob Bellamy 6-0, 6-4.