The Tennessee Vols tennis team began the doubles qualification round Tuesday with a split at the All-American Championships at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga.
The Tennessee pair of Mario Toledo and Simon Rea, ranked No. 50 nationally, began the tournament with a win Tuesday in what was their first action as a tandem this season. They defeated the qualifying round's No. 3 seeds and country's No. 30-ranked duo of
Reinor Neurohr and Zoltan Papp of Baylor 8-4 to advance to Wednesday's second round.
"This is a good win for Mario and Simon," Tennessee assistant coach Chris Mahony said. "They haven't played together since last year's NCAA tournament, so I would say an opening round win over the No. 3 seed is pretty good."
The tennis Vols lost their first two singles matches in the main draw Thursday, but they bounced back with two wins in the consolation draw and a doubles triumph in the first round of the main draw over the tournament's No. 2 seeds.
The duo of Toledo and Rea turned in their third straight victory of the season in Thursday's opening round over the nation's No. 3 duo of Sebastian Graeff and Stefan Suter from Pepperdine.
Toledo's day did not begin as well in the singles segment. Toledo, the nation's No. 16 player and tournament's No. 19 seed, suffered an upset loss in the opening round to Illinois' Amer Delic. Toledo did come back in the first round of the consolation dra
w to defeat No. 29-ranked Daniel Kleman of LSU in two sets.
However, the Vols were eliminated Friday as the two remaining singles entrants and the lone doubles team lost.
Toledo and Orr both fell during the second singles consolation round. Toledo suffered yet another upset loss to No. 36 ranked Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State. Wade Orr, ranked No. 86 nationally, failed in his bid to upset No. 42 Dane McGregor of Tulsa.
The draw was not any kinder to the Vols on the doubles side as Toldeo and Rea fell in their second round match.
Dietrich impressive in Georgia Tech Invitational.
Tennis Vol Mark Dietrich advanced to the semifinal round Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta before falling in a three-set match.
Dietrich began play Saturday with a victory over Georgia State's Franco Albano 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinal round. The Tennessee freshman then fought his way to match point in the semifinal round before falling to Georgia Perimeter's Renato Silveira
6-7, 7-6, 7-6. Dietrich's record now stands at 10-5, with semifinal showings at two events this season.
"Mark did a good job of trying to step up and advance through the later rounds," Tennessee assistant coach Chris Mahony said. "Hopefully, he will continue to improve and bring home a tournament title in the near future."
The Vols will be back in action Friday, hosting the UT Fall Classic.
Cross Country Vols finish 21st
Tennessee took 21st place in a field of 35 of the nation's elite teams in the first race of the Furman Invitational Saturday. The Vols ran in the NCAA Preview-Black race, one of two 8K NCAA preview races held at the Furman University Golf Course. The Vols
summed 548 points in their fourth race of the season and final outing before the SEC Championships.
No. 2 Stanford took home the top prize with 56 points. Alabama's David Kimani won the individual title with a time of 24:06, a full 25 seconds ahead of the closest runner.
"Overall, it was a learning experience," coach George Watts said. "It was the first time any of our guys have run a national-caliber cross country race. Probably due to our youth, we struggled but gained valuable experience.
"Although we're disappointed, we will regroup for the SEC Championships in 16 days."
Captain Ryan Demers led the Vols for the third consecutive race with his 27th-place, 25:17 effort to outpace the vast majority of the 223-runner field.
The Lady Vols cross country team finished 16th out of 37 teams with 482 points in the "Silver" division of the Furman Invitational.
No. 2 Stanford won with a total of 72 points, followed by BYU with 74.
Tennessee tallied a big upset, though, in the South Region standings as the Lady Vols, ranked seventh by the region's coaches, finished four spots ahead of Florida State, which was the South's No. 1 squad. UT also finished better than No. 25 Baylor, whic
h took 23rd. Washington's Sabrina Monro was the event champion with a time of 20:26.
"Facing 15 teams that were either ranked or receiving votes, our team gained some invaluable experience against national caliber competition for the first time," cross country coach Rodney Rothoff said. "The fact that this was the first 6K of the year and
the conditions were very hot and humid affected all of the runners and it showed in everyone's times.
Junior All-American Sharon Dickie finished 37th with a time of 21:55, while Brooke Novak finished 47th.