#6 Vols Sweep Tennessee Tech, Advance to NCAA Second Round

By | May 6, 2022
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A 4-0 sweep of Tennessee Tech Friday afternoon for the No. 6 Tennessee men’s tennis team advances the Vols to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee will face 21st-ranked Duke Saturday at 1 pm ET.

Tennessee (23-7) claimed the doubles point for a 21st time this season, with wins on courts two and three over the Golden Eagles Tennessee Tech (8-13). The 21st-ranked doubles pairing of senior Emile Hudd and freshman Shunsuke Mitsui went up a break at 2-1 and broke again to go up 4-1, en route to an eventual 6-2 victory on court two over Evzen Holis and Jun Sasagawa.

graduate student Mark Wallner and sophomore Johannus Monday logged their 13th doubles win of the season (13-1) with a 6-4 triumph on court three over Carlos Vicente and Rafael Tosettoto to clinch the Big Orange doubles point. On court one, 13th-ranked senior Pat Harper and graduate students Adam Walton earned a break to take a 5-4 advantage, before going unfinished.

“I am confident moving forward,” Tennessee head coach Chris Woodruff said. “We have to do some things significantly better tomorrow. We know Duke is talented won or else they wouldn’t have today, and they wouldn’t be where they are today. I’m expecting a good match. We’ll watch some movie and hopefully fix a few things.”

Singles saw three first-set tiebreaks, with the Vols taking a pair of 7-6 first-set wins. Third-ranked Walton was the first Vol to finish in singles action, roaring past Elias Grubert, 6-2, 6-0. Walts jumped out to a 4-2 advantage in the first set, up a break, before winning the final eight games of the match.

“I had a clean singles performance,” Walton said. “He held twice at the start and his level was good at the start. Then, I felt like I broke on a short deuce at 3-2 to get the break at 4-2. After that, I was able to free up a bit. I felt that I was able to bring a better level and just carry that through to the end of that first set.

“In the second set, I just played more aggressively. I just I was more fit than him and I was able to carry that momentum to win that set quite comfortably.”

The Vols took a 3-0 lead when senior Martim Prata won in straight sets over Tennessee Tech’s Andre Rodeia, 6-1, 6-4. Prata earned an early 4-1 advantage, up a pair of breaks before breaking Rodeia once more on deuce point to take the first set, 6-1.

“I think I played a great first set, but then made some mistakes in the second set,” Prata said. “I just thought he served really well, so it was kind of hard to break him. It was a good match and I think I played well. I know him (Andre Rodeia), as he’s from Portugal as well and I’ve played him before. It was pretty fun to get out there and compete.”

The clinching fourth point came on court two from #10 Monday, as he defeated Mika Berghaus in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to advance the Vols to the second round.

Singles matches on courts three, four and five went unfinished.

WINNING IN THE 865
Friday’s first-round victory over Tennessee Tech marked the Vols’ 12th win in Knoxville this year, with the Vols holding a 12-3 record in home contests this dual season.


UP NEXT
Tennessee faces Duke Saturday in Knoxville, with first serve slated for 1 pm ET. The winner will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend.


RESULTS
doubles


1. #13 Adam Walton/Pat Harper (UT) vs. Elias Grubert/Mika Berghaus (TTU) 5-4, unfinished
2. #21 Emile Hudd/Shunsuke Mitsui (UT) def. Evzen Holis/Jun Sasagawa (TTU) 6-2
3. Johannus Monday/Mark Wallner (UT) def. Carlos Vicente/Rafael Tosetto (TTU) 6-4


Order of Finish: (2,3)

singles


1. #3 Adam Walton (UT) def. Elias Grubert (TTU) 6-2, 6-0
2. #10 Johannus Monday (UT) def. Mika Berghaus (TTU) 6-3, 7-5
3. #74 Emile Hudd (UT) vs. Carlos Vicente (TTU) 7-6 (7-3), 2-2, unfinished
4. Shunsuke Mitsui (UT) vs. Rafael Tosetto (TTU) 7-6 (7-2), 5-1, unfinished
5. Pat Harper (UT) vs. Evzen Holis (TTU) 6-7 (5-7), 5-1, unfinished
6. Martim Prata (UT) def. Andre Rodeia (TTU) 6-1, 6-4


Order of Finish: (1,6,2)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.