The Tennessee men’s tennis team began its spring season Saturday with 7-0 victories over Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky, but it wasn’t until Monday against East Tennessee State that it faced its first taste of adversity.
The Vols began the day of action at Goodfriend Tennis Center by beating ETSU 5-2 before blanking Murray State 7-0.
After winning the doubles point, straight-set victories from Jarryd Chaplin, Markus Kerner and No. 16 Hunter Reese sealed the win, but the Buccaneers pushed the remaining three singles matches into three sets, and won two of them.
No. 34 Mikelis Libietis was upset in No. 2 singles by Diego Nunez and ETSU’s Roger Ordeig beat UT’s Bartosz Sawicki after losing the first set. Andrew Dromsky, a Georgia Southern transfer, was the only Vol to win in three sets, beating Ismael Merino in a third-set tiebreaker.
“We knew ETSU was going to be our biggest challenge,” said UT coach Sam Winterbotham in a school release. “I think that they’re always a competitive team that fights for every point, so they’re a great team to play.”
The test may not be a bad thing with ITA Kick-off Weekend starting Saturday in Knoxville.
“I think we need to get a lot better,” said Winterbotham. “It’s a good start. We know right now we’re not in a position to win anything.”
The Vols cruised against Murray State with Dromsky and Kerner each picking up wins in singles and as doubles partners to go 4-0 on the day.
Freshman Sunay Bhat also cracked the singles lineup and won while Colton Norton teamed with Sawicki to win at No. 3 doubles.
Women’s Tennis: Tennessee’s women’s tennis team closed out play in the UVA Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., by going 4-4 in matches against Utah (3-2 in singles, 1-2 in doubles).
With her win at No. 1 singles, freshman Eve Repic earned singles tournament runner up honors.
No. 53-ranked Repic came back to defeat No. 107 Tereza Bekerova 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (5). It was her second win over a ranked opponent in the event.
Repic also won in No. 2 doubles with Laurence Guevremont and Lady Vols Tiffany Tavares and Victoria Olivarez won in Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.