May 23, 2010

Courtesy of Tennessee

ATHENS, Ga.-----The No. 2 seed Tennessee defeated Baylor, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Vols will face the winner of Georgia and Oklahoma Monday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals.

"We played another good match today," said Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham. "We're just taking each match one at a time. Baylor really gave us a lot of trouble early on in doubles, but we fought through. It was a closer match than the score shows, and we are fortunate to be moving on.

"I'm really proud of all of our guys. It's hard to pick any one out. We have a strong group of seniors who want to win it all, but even those not playing are cheering along. They really play like a team out there. We've become a real close unit over the year, and it has helped us get this far."

The Vols won a close doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. The 12th-ranked duo of Rhyne Williams and Boris Conkic defeated Attila Bucko and Jordan Rux, 8-1, at No. 2, then Baylor tied it up at No. 1 as No. 28 Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin downed No. 3 Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith, 8-6. The Vols clinched the point at No. 3 where Edward Jones and Matteo Fago topped Sergio Ramirez and Maros Horney, 8-6.

Tennessee won the first three completed singles matches starting at No. 5, where No. 116 Brewer beat Roberto Maytin, 6-3, 6-3, then No. 36 Conkic beat No. 34 Jordan Rux, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1. At No. 3, 45th-ranked Williams beat Attila Bucko, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match for Tennessee.

#2 TENNESSEE (29-1) def. #7 BAYLOR (24-7), 4-0

Doubles (Order of finish: 2,1,3)
1. #28 Denes Lukacs/Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR) def. #3 Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith (TENNESSEE), 8-6 2. #12 Rhyne Williams/Boris Conkic (TENNESSEE) def. Attila Bucko/Jordan Rux (BAYLOR), 8-1 3. Edward Jones/Matteo Fago (TENNESSEE) def. Sergio Ramirez/Maros Horny (BAYLOR), 8-6

Singles (Order of finish: 5,2,3*)
1. #14 Denes Lukacs (BAYLOR) vs. #1 John-Patrick Smith (TENNESSEE, 7-6(7), 1-1, unf.
2. #36 Boris Conkic (TENNESSEE) def. #34 Jordan Rux (BAYLOR), 6-4, 6-2 3. #45 Rhyne Williams (TENNESSEE) def. Attila Bucko (BAYLOR), 6-3, 6-2 4. Dominik Mueller (BAYLOR) vs. #111 Tennys Sandgren (TENNESSEE), 6-4, 2-3, unf.
5. #116 Matt Brewer (TENNESSEE) def. Roberto Maytin (BAYLOR), 6-3, 6-3 6. Julian Bley (BAYLOR) vs. Matteo Fago (TENNESSEE), 4-6, 3-1, unf.