May 16, 2010

Courtesy of Tennessee Sports Information

For the third consecutive year, the Tennessee Volunteers are headed to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tennis Championships.

The Vols won the doubles point and took three singles matches in straight sets Sunday to defeat East Tennessee State 4-1 in Goodfriend Tennis Center to advance to the third round.

Tennessee (27-1) will join 15 other teams to play out the rest of the tournament in Athens, Ga., later the week. The Vols face either Louisville on Friday at 3 p.m. They swept Louisville 7-0 in Knoxville earlier this season.

Rain forced the conclusion of the doubles competition indoors, and a few minutes later, John-Patrick Smith and Davey Sandgren gave the Vols an early lead courtesy of an 8-6 victory. Tennessee has won the doubles point in 27 matches this season.

Freshman Rhyne Williams logged his 12th consecutive win in dominant 6-0, 6-1 fashion on court 3, and junior John-Patrick Smith picked up a fast 6-3 6-2 victory on court 1, his 40th win of the season.

Tennessee's other leading freshman, Tennys Sandgren, finished the match for the Vols. He rallied in the second set to beat Daniel Isaza 6-2, 6-4 on court 4 to seal the UT win.

ETSU's only point came when Sander Gille, the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, defeated junior Boris Conkic 6-4, 6-1 on court 2.

Singles
1. #1 John-Patrick Smith (UT) def. Grega Teraz (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Sander Gille (ETSU) def. #36 Boris Conkic (UT) 6-4, 6-1
3. #45 Rhyne Williams (UT) def. #104 Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. #111 Tennys Sandgren (UT) def. Daniel Isaza (ETSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. #116 Matteo Fago (UT) vs. Robin Akser (ETSU) 3-2, unfinished
6. Davey Sandgren (UT) vs. Juan Ramirez (ETSU) 1-1, unfinished

Doubles
1. #3 John-Patrick Smith/Davey Sandgren (UT) def. Grega Teraz/Charles Bottoni (ETSU) 8-6
2. #12 Boris Conkic/Rhyne Williams (UT) vs. Sander Gille/Jesus Bandres (ETSU) 7-2, unfinished
3. Matteo Fago/Edward Jones (UT) def. Daniel Isaza/Robin Akser (ETSU) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,1,2,4)