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    Alabama Men Down Arkansas 6-1

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After dropping the doubles point, the men's tennis team came back and swept all six singles matches to beat Arkansas, 6-1, on Friday at the Billingsley Tennis Center. With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 10-5 overall and 1-2 against Southeastern Conference opponents while the Razorbacks dip to 11-6 on the season and 0-3 versus league foes.
     
    Arkansas collected wins on courts one and three to take the 1-0 lead following doubles. On court one, Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske posted an 8-4 victory over Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra, which was followed by an 8-5 win on court three for Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz over Stuart Kenyon and Philippe Tsangarides. The match on court two was halted once the point was decided.
     
    In singles, the Tide's first victory came on court six as Kenyon downed Fess, 6-3, 6-1. Tsangarides followed that up with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court four while Vieyra captured a 6-2, 6-4 victory of his own from court four over Nott. The match was then clinched on court two as Daniil Proskura held on to win the final two games of his second set for the 6-2, 7-5 decision. Becker O'Shaughnessey and Botha would complete the singles sweep for Alabama, each winning in three sets.
     
    The Tide returns to the court on Sunday when it hosts LSU in a rare match where it will take on the Tigers simultaneously with the women's team. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. CT at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.



    Ole Miss Takes Care of Georgia

    OXFORD, Miss. -- It was a classic down to the wire SEC battle between two of the nation's best, No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 7 Georgia, here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. Sophomore William Kallberg rallied to win his match at No. 4 singles to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Rebels.
     
    With the win, the Rebels improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the SEC, while Georgia fell to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  Ole Miss will host No. 10 Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans will enjoy free hot dogs between doubles and singles.



    Tennessee Outlasts Mississippi State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The 10th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers earned their first SEC win of the season Friday, outlasting No. 11 Mississippi State 4-2 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
     
    The Vols (14-4, 1-1 SEC) took the doubles point in strong fashion and then picked up singles victories from Jarryd Chaplin on court 4, John Collins on court 6 and Hunter Reese on court 2.
     
    With the Vols leading 3-2, Reese capitalized on his eighth match point in the third set to beat 59th-ranked Malte Stropp 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and clinch the match for the Vols.
     
    "What I'm most proud of is that we grew," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Woodruff said. "This maturation we're going through right now, at the end of the season, it will pay huge dividends."
     
    The Vols continue their Magnolia State swing Sunday against No. 8 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Rebels knocked off seventh-ranked Georgia 4-3 on Friday.
     
    "Now looking forward to Ole Miss, our next priority is to have a great practice tomorrow and keep the guys focused," Woodruff said.
     
    The Vols jumped out early in doubles across all three courts, putting out one of their strongest overall performances of the year.
     
    Reese and Mikelis Libietis, recorded their first dual match victory of the season together, beating 24th-ranked Stropp and Jordan Angus 8-3. The sophomore duo, who won 23 matches together last season, started playing again at the top of the lineup last week against Georgia Tech.
     
    Tennessee clinched the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead when Chaplin and Brandon Fickey defeated Bogaerts and Dumont 8-4 on court 3.
     
    "We implemented some things the last six or seven days, put in different philosophies of how we approach competition," Woodruff said. "We revamped how we do doubles. We'd gotten away from some of our core values and the systematic approach that has yielded itself so successful."
     
    In singles, Tennessee took four of six opening sets. Chaplin and Collins both kept their momentum going in the second set to help put the Vols head 3-0. Chaplin defeated No. 93 James Chaudry 6-4, 6-3, and a few minutes later, Collins followed with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Stefan Vinti for his first career SEC victory.
     
    At that point, Mississippi State started turning the tide. Zach White beat Edward Jones 6-2, 6-2 on court 5. Brandon Fickey lost momentum and the match 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Jordan Angus on court 3.
     
    Only the top two courts remain in action: Libietis on court 1 and Reese on court 2.
     
    Reese broke Stropp twice to take a 5-2 lead in the third set when Stropped launched a late match comeback. Stropp fended off seven match points and got back on serve at 5-4, but Reese broke the junior Bulldog to win the match and seal the victory.



    Kentucky Gets the Best of Mizzou

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky women's tennis team defeated Missouri 5-2 on Friday afternoon in its first home Southeastern Conference match of the spring.
     
    Kentucky opened the match with an early 1-0 lead, winning two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Court one was the first to wrap up, with Missouri taking the court 8-2. On court two, sophomore Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and junior Cece Witten won the doubles match 8-5.
     
    With the doubles score tied 1-1, court three remained to decide the point. Junior Khristina Blajkevitch and senior Jessica Stiles were leading 6-5 when all eyes switched to last court remaining. The tandem didn't look back, taking the next two points to win the match 8-5.
     
    Freshman Nadia Ravita opened singles play with a quick win for Kentucky, taking court one 6-3, 6-1. Junior Caitlin McGraw followed suit, giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court four. Up a set, McGraw trailed 4-1 in the second set but won five consecutive games to clinch the match.
     
    With a comfortable 3-0 lead, Stiles clinched the match for Kentucky. The senior's 7-5, 6-3 win in the No. 2 singles slot notched the Wildcats' fourth, and match-clinching, point.
     
    With the match clinched, play continued on courts three, five and six. Morin-Kougoucheff increased the Wildcats' lead to 5-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the No. 3 singles spot.
     
    After winning the first set 6-2, freshman Kirsten Lewis was forced to abandon the No. 5 singles match down 4-1 in the second set, giving the Tigers their first point of the match.
     
    Sophomore Stephanie Fox fell in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting with Madison Rhyner. The final match concluded the match's score at 5-2.
     
    The Wildcats will return to the court at noon on Sunday, hosting Texas A&M in what is expected to be Kentucky's first outdoor home match of the year.
     
    Ranked No. 4 in the country, Texas A&M will face Vanderbilt on Friday before traveling to Lexington to face Kentucky on Sunday. In the first weekend of SEC action, the Aggies defeated South Carolina 5-2 and Florida 4-3. The Aggies are 8-1 on the year and 2-0 in SEC competition.
     
    Live scoring of Sunday's match will be available on UKwomenstennis.com.
     
    Admission to Sunday's match is free with free parking available in parking structure No. 7.
     
    Follow Kentucky Women's tennis on Twitter @UKWomensTennis and Like the Kentucky Women's Tennis page on Facebook.



    Kentucky Falls at Baylor

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - The fifth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team was defeated by the No. 38 Baylor Bears 6-1 in Waco, Texas on Friday afternoon at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Baylor.
     
    "Baylor beat us fair and square today," UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. "They competed harder than we did and I thought they wanted it more than our guys did. We did not come out ready to play for the doubles and that gave Baylor the momentum heading into singles, where they won five of the six first sets. We started to play better at 3-0, but we dug ourselves too big of a hole to climb out of against a team like Baylor."
     
    The loss was the first in five matches for the Wildcats, and also just the third all season.
     
    Baylor came out strong in the doubles point and was just the third team all season to snatch away the point away from the Wildcats. Baylor got the win via victories on courts two and three to clinch the point. 
     
    In singles play, the only win for Kentucky came on court six as Kevin Lai nestled away a three-set win over Roberto Maytin of Baylor 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-2. The win for Lai on court six was his fourth on the year as he moved to 4-0 in singles play at court six. Overall on the season, Lai moved to 7-0 in singles play.
     
    No. 21 Anthony Rossi of Kentucky dropped the opening set 6-4 before picking up a break in the second set to get the 6-4 win in the second frame to force a decisive set on court one with No. 122 Patrick Pradella. Pradella came away with the tiebreaker 7-3, as the match had been clinched by the Bears before the third set began preventing a full third set. 
     
    The Bears started fast in the match as Baylor took five of the six opening sets in singles, which helped carry over the momentum from doubles and make it extremely difficult for Kentucky to overcome the deficit.
     
    Kentucky is back in action on Sunday as the Wildcats return to SEC play in College Station as UK will take on No. 14 Texas A&M. The match will be the 13th this season against a top-50 opponent.
     
    The Wildcats enter Sunday's match with No. 14 Texas A&M with a 2-2 overall record against the Aggies, as this will be the fifth all-time meeting between the new SEC foes. The last meeting between the two squads came a year ago at the National Indoors as UK downed the Aggies 4-0 in the round of 16.
     
    "We will regroup, learn from this, and come out ready to play against a very good Texas A&M team on Sunday." Kauffmann said.
     
    Match time on Saturday is 2:00 p.m. ET against Texas A&M.



    Aggies Cruise Over Commodores

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 14th-ranked Texas A&M men's tennis team cruised to a 5-2 victory over 19th-ranked Vanderbilt on Friday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in front of 266 fans. The Aggies improve to 10-5 on the year and 2-1 in SEC play. The Commodores fall to 11-4 and 2-1 in SEC play.
    "That's the best start we've had all season," Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. "We jumped on them from all three courts in doubles. I thought we had a lot of energy. That's a great start for us in our first home SEC match. We were able to continue that momentum in the singles. I thought our guys played very well tonight. I thought we competed hard. We played a really good team tonight. I'm very pleased with our effort."
     
    Texas A&M easily claimed the doubles point as it built a three game lead on all three courts. The Aggies improve to 6-1 in conference play doubles overall with the two victories. The 21st-ranked freshmen pair of Harry Adams and Shane Vinsant built a five-game lead on their way to an 8-2 victory at the No. 2 line over Gonzales Austin and Suresh Eswaran. It was a race between the two remaining tandems to see which would earn the critical win for the squad. The 15th-ranked duo of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore defeated Ryan Lipman and Marc van der Merwe, 8-3, at the No. 1 line to clinch the point for the Aggies. The sophomore tandem of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo narrowly missed gaining a win as they finished their match ahead of their counterparts, Jeff Offerdahl and Rhys Johnson, 7-2.
     
    "I was very pleased with how we finished," Denton said on doubles. "We got up a break and we weren't satisfied by just getting up one break a serve. We were trying to get ahead and continue to keep the pressure on them. Not only did we start well, we also finished well. That was the best doubles we've played thus far this season."
     
    The momentum from winning the doubles point carried Texas A&M through the first sets in singles as the Aggies won five-of-six first sets. Adams downed Offerdahl, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 3 line to push the Aggie advantage to 2-0. Behzad Minavi rolled through Johnson 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 6 position to force Vanderbilt to win on the remaining courts to clinch the match. Efferding made sure that didn't happen as he upset 41st-ranked Gonzales Austin, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 line to clinch the victory for Texas A&M. No. 90 Vinsant overcame some adversity in his second set, rallying back from a 3-5 deficit by winning four straight games to win his match, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 4 position to sweeten the victory. Ore's upset bid of No. 25 Lipman fell just short, as he couldn't take advantage in the third set, falling 2-6, 7-5, 10-6, at the No. 1 line. Szabo couldn't consistently maintain his momentum, which eventually cost him the match, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
     
    "I was very happy we were able to keep the momentum from the doubles," Denton said. "We were able to win five-of-six first sets and kept the pressure on them. I knew they would make a run at us and they did in a lot of the second sets. Our guys stayed the course pretty well and kept the momentum on our side to get the win."
     
    Texas A&M will be in action again on Sunday when it hosts fifth-ranked Kentucky and Prairie View A&M at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Currently the matches are still on as scheduled. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for more information regarding any possible changes to the matches because of inclement weather.



    Alabama Women Win

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The sixth-ranked women's tennis team (10-1, 2-0 SEC) will host its first Southeastern Conference matches of the season this weekend when it welcomes Arkansas (6-6, 1-1 SEC) and LSU (7-5, 0-2 SEC) to the Alabama Tennis Stadium. Friday's match against the Razorbacks is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT while Sunday's match against the Tigers, which will be played simultaneously with the men's team, will start at 1 p.m. CT.
     
    The Crimson Tide is coming off a weekend sweep of two conference foes in the Mississippi Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The former was a tense 4-3 win in which the women had to come back from a 0-3 deficit to win four singles matches in a row to bring home the victory. The match against the Bulldogs was a dominant 6-1 victory with the Tide winning the doubles point and three singles matches in a row to quickly clinch the match. Alabama has now won six matches in a row, with half of those wins coming against top-25 opponents.
     
    The women currently have four players ranked nationally in singles, with junior Mary Anne Macfarlane at No. 20, senior Alexa Guarachi at No. 36 and freshman Maya Jansen and Natalia Maynetto at No. 77 and No. 106, respectively. The Tide also holds the No. 4 national ranking in doubles with the duo of Macfarlane and Guarachi.
     
    Arkansas split decisions in its conference opening weekend, beating Kentucky, 4-3, before dropping a 4-3 decision to Vanderbilt.
     
    LSU enters the weekend 0-2 in SEC play, having lost matches to the Commodores and Wildcats last weekend by scores of 4-3 and 7-0, respectively.
     
    Alabama defeated both the Razorbacks and the Tigers last year handily, beating Arkansas, 4-1, and LSU, 4-0. The Tide leads the overall series with the Arkansas, 18-9, but trails the Tigers, 28-12.
     
    Live scoring will be available for both matches this weekend and can be found on the women's tennis schedule page on RollTide.com. 



    Auburn Picks Up Win Over LSU

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Auburn men's tennis team found its way back into the win column Friday afternoon with a 5-2 win over SEC Western Division rival LSU at W.T. "Dub" Robinson Stadium.
     
    Auburn (9-4, 1-2 SEC) picked up its first league win of the season after dropping a pair of matches to top-15 opponents last weekend at home. LSU (5-5, 0-3) remains in search of its initial conference victory.
     
    "It was nice to get a win on the road and get our first SEC win," Auburn head coach Eric Shore said. "I thought the guys were ready to play. We got off to a good start in doubles, our number two and three teams did a good job, and our top team got out to a really quick start. LSU came back and pushed us, but it was nice to get the point. Overall, we played solid, but we're not content. We know we've got a tough match Sunday and will probably have to play indoors (at Arkansas), so we've got to be ready for that."
     
    The Tigers got on track early by claiming the doubles point for the first time in SEC play. Freshman Joseph Van Dooren and sophomore Lukas Ollert started things off with an 8-6 win over LSU's Olivier Borsos and Boris Arias at the No. 3 position, and Lucas Lopasso and Dennis Lengsfeld clinched the doubles point for Auburn with an 8-6 win of their own over Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh. Top-ranked Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane had a 7-6 lead over 41st-ranked Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski when their match was suspended after the point was clinched.
     
    For the second straight match, the top three spots in the lineup came through for Auburn. Mies, ranked 107th nationally in singles, kept the momentum going and put Auburn ahead 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Chris Simpson at the top spot in singles. Down at the No. 6 spot, Van Dooren made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Harrison Kennedy. Ollert provided the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Trinh at the third singles position. And with the victory secure, Cochrane fought back for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Borsos at the No. 2 spot to give Auburn a 5-0 lead.
     
    LSU avoided a shutout with wins on courts four and five - Szacinski defeated Lopasso, 7-5, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot, and Mark Bowtell outlasted Lengsfeld in a third-set match tiebreaker, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0.
     
    Auburn will look to make it a sweep of the road weekend as the Tigers travel to Fayetteville to face Arkansas on Sunday. The match is set for a 1 p.m. start, and live stats will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



    Ole Miss Men Down UGA

    OXFORD, Miss. -- It was a classic down to the wire SEC battle between two of the nation's best, No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 7 Georgia, here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. Sophomore William Kallberg rallied to win his match at No. 4 singles to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Rebels.
     
    With the win, the Rebels improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the SEC, while Georgia fell to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  Ole Miss will host No. 10 Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m.  Fans will enjoy free hot dogs between doubles and singles.
     
    "Big day for the Rebels.  Any time you beat Georgia in tennis, you've accomplished something, and we are so proud of the guys," head coach Billy Chadwick said.
     
    For the third straight league match it came down to the last player on court for the Rebels to beat the Bulldogs for the first time since 2009.  The Rebels trailed 3-1 before consecutive wins from All-Americans Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz tied it up.  
     
    With the match all square, everyone else descended to the lower courts for the final match at No. 4 singles with Kallberg in a third set against Bulldog freshman Austin Smith.  Kallberg lost the first set 6-1, but rallied to win a huge second set tiebreaker, 7-6(7).    He gained an early break in the third set, but Smith broke back to make it 4-4.  Kallberg broke again and then served it out, including an ace on match point.
     
    "It was another close match and an important win," Kallberg said.  "We showed that we are a tough team, everybody fights from top to bottom.  Today it was my turn to clinch the final win.  Everyone has been fighting hard every point and that is how you walk away with three straight 4-3 wins."
     
    Ole Miss got on the board first by winning the doubles point, which proved to be the difference yet again.   The Rebels changed up their doubles slightly, allowing freshman Adriaan du Toit to make his debut alongside Kallberg at three.  Georgia won that one 8-3 though.    In a top-10 matchup, Scholtz and Lutjen, ranked No. 5 in the nation, downed sixth-ranked Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters 8-4 at No. 1.  All eyes then turned to court two where Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark secured an 8-6 win over 32nd-ranked Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux.  
     
    Georgia rebounded to win four first sets.  Pasha defeated Lindmark, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to tie it.  It was Lindmark's first match at that spot and his first SEC loss.
     
    The Bulldogs took the lead when Brasseaux downed senior Adrian Forberg Skogeng 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.  They increased their lead to 3-1 as Pieters topped Backstrom 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5. 
     
    Lutjen, ranked No. 5 in the nation, followed up with a 7-5, 6-1 win over 95th-ranked Wagland at No. 2 singles to pull the Rebels within one.  Not long after Kallberg got his match to a deciding set, Scholtz, ranked No. 12, finished off 11th-ranked KU Singh 6-2, 7-6(2), setting up the final outcome.
     
    "It was key getting the doubles point," Chadwick said.  "We did an excellent job at No. 1 doubles, like we've been doing all year.    We had to move our No. 3 team to No. 2, and they came through.   We switched up the No. 3 and 4 singles to give them a little bit different look than in Seattle.  Both guys are very equal, so we've got the ability to do that.
     
    "We have another tough one on Sunday against Tennessee.  We'll enjoy this one for a little bit, then it's back to work."
     
    Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.



    USC Picks Up Win Over Florida

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 34 South Carolina defeated No. 29 Florida in a comeback win Friday night at the Carolina Tennis Center. The Gamecocks (11-5) were down 3-1 and rallied to take the match 4-3 after two three-set victories from Thiago Pinheiro and Andrew Adams.
     
    The Gators took the doubles point with wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies held serve to tie the score at 3-3 but Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson got a pair of service breaks to swing the match in the Gators' favor and held on for a 8-4 win. Stephane Piro and Bob van Overbeek got an early service break to put them up 3-0 against Chip Cox and Tsvetan Mihov at the No. 1 spot. Cox and Mihov held serve to cut the Gators' lead to 4-2, but another break for Piro and Overbeek put them back on top 6-3 and the duo held on for an 8-4 win.
     
    Koch got the Gamecocks on the board with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the No. 5 spot. Koch broke out to early 4-1 leads in both sets against Gordon Watson and held on to give South Carolina their first point. The Gators took back the lead with wins at the Nos. 6 and 3 spots. Menzies fought hard but fell to Federhofer 6-3, 6-3 and Cox came up just short falling to Stephane Piro 7-6 (1), 6-4.
     
    Mihov got the momentum back in the Gamecocks' favor defeating Overbeek 7-6 (5), 6-4. Mihov held serve to tie the score at 6-6 and battled through a tiebreak game to take the first set. In the second set, Mihov was down early but got a service break to tie the score at 4-4 and another seal the 6-4 victory.
     
    After dropping the first set to Michael Alford, Pinheiro would not give in and took the next two sets to tie the score at 3-3. Alford took the first set 6-4 but Pinheiro opened the second set with a pair of service breaks to give him an early 3-0 lead. The momentum was now in Pinheiro's favor, as he stayed steady for a 6-2 win. The third set again started with a service break for Pinheiro, he then held serve and got another break to go up 4-1 and kept pace for another 6-2 win.
     
    With the score tied it came down to Adams at the No. 2 spot. Florent Diep took the first set 6-1 but Adams would not back down and battled back to clinch the victory for the Garnet and Black. Adams and Diep each held serve in the second set to tie the score at 5-5, a huge break for Adams put him up 6-5 and he held on for a 7-5 win. Carrying over the energy from the last set, Adams opened the third set with two more breaks to give him a 4-1 lead. Diep got a break in the next game and held serve to cut Adam's lead to 4-3. Adam's then held serve to bring his lead up to 5-3 and determined to take the point for the Gamecocks he fought through a long final game for a 6-5 victory.
     
    "It feels good [to win] and I think this team deserves it, said head coach Josh Goffi. "I think they finally realize how good they are and that's a really goo team that we just beat today. It didn't happen without the heart from all the guys. Kyle Koch and Tsvetan Mihov started it up with first set wins, but if you look at it we only won two first sets and that's what so amazing. Thiago Pinheiro and Andrew Adams being the last two guys on the court, if you going to put money on somebody those are the guys you want out there for us. The crowd helped us out and our guys game through. I'm vey happy for Andrew after everything that he's gone through with his hip, he needed that, and Florent Diep is a very accomplished player. That was all heart, nothing but Gamecock pride coming from those two. It feels really good and we have to move on to the next one but we're definitely going to enjoy this one for a little while."
     
    The Gamecocks start a four-match road swing opening with a pair of top-10 SEC opponents. Next weekend's trip starts at No. 10 Tennessee on Fri., March 15, at 2 p.m. before continuing at No. 7 Georgia on Sun., March 17, at 1 p.m.



    Tennessee Outlasts Mississippi State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The 10th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers earned their first SEC win of the season Friday, outlasting No. 11 Mississippi State 4-2 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
     
    The Vols (14-4, 1-1 SEC) took the doubles point in strong fashion and then picked up singles victories from Jarryd Chaplin on court 4, John Collins on court 6 and Hunter Reese on court 2.
     
    With the Vols leading 3-2, Reese capitalized on his eighth match point in the third set to beat 59th-ranked Malte Stropp 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and clinch the match for the Vols.
     
    "What I'm most proud of is that we grew," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Woodruff said. "This maturation we're going through right now, at the end of the season, it will pay huge dividends."
     
    The Vols continue their Magnolia State swing Sunday against No. 8 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Rebels knocked off seventh-ranked Georgia 4-3 on Friday.
     
    "Now looking forward to Ole Miss, our next priority is to have a great practice tomorrow and keep the guys focused," Woodruff said.
     
    The Vols jumped out early in doubles across all three courts, putting out one of their strongest overall performances of the year.
     
    Reese and Mikelis Libietis, recorded their first dual match victory of the season together, beating 24th-ranked Stropp and Jordan Angus 8-3. The sophomore duo, who won 23 matches together last season, started playing again at the top of the lineup last week against Georgia Tech.
     
    Tennessee clinched the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead when Chaplin and Brandon Fickey defeated Bogaerts and Dumont 8-4 on court 3.
     
    "We implemented some things the last six or seven days, put in different philosophies of how we approach competition," Woodruff said. "We revamped how we do doubles. We'd gotten away from some of our core values and the systematic approach that has yielded itself so successful."
     
    In singles, Tennessee took four of six opening sets. Chaplin and Collins both kept their momentum going in the second set to help put the Vols head 3-0. Chaplin defeated No. 93 James Chaudry 6-4, 6-3, and a few minutes later, Collins followed with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Stefan Vinti for his first career SEC victory.
     
    At that point, Mississippi State started turning the tide. Zach White beat Edward Jones 6-2, 6-2 on court 5. Brandon Fickey lost momentum and the match 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Jordan Angus on court 3.
     
    Only the top two courts remain in action: Libietis on court 1 and Reese on court 2.
     
    Reese broke Stropp twice to take a 5-2 lead in the third set when Stropped launched a late match comeback. Stropp fended off seven match points and got back on serve at 5-4, but Reese broke the junior Bulldog to win the match and seal the victory.