Tennessee came out of their three game home stand unblemished, defeating Eastern Kentucky and Murray State to improve their record to 7-0.
The 19th-ranked Vols had a full day scheduled for them with a triple header against EKU and Murray State. The Vols won the first match of the day against EKU 4-0, and then went on to defeat Murray State 4-0 and 6-0.
Tennessee did not lose a single match on Monday in singles play. Mikelis Libietis and Brandon Fickey (both sophomores) went 3-0 in Monday's matches. Libietis started off the day by defeating Daridge Saidi of EKU and later defeated Adam Taylor and Tyler Jeffers of Murray State.
In his first match of the day, Fickey defeated Aleix Alvarez of EKU and then went on to defeat both Joao Camara and Max McLean of Murray State. Fickey did not lose more than two sets in a single match throughout the whole day.
Sophomore Hunter Reese won his 10th match in a row by defeating Taylor 6-1 and 6-2.
"We were 6-0 going into that one, so it was really important as a team to go in and get a win," Reese said.
Head Coach Sam Winterbotham was pleased with the team's overall performance.
"Really impressed, really impressed," Winterbotham said. "We have been trying to make sure that we are all on the same page.
"They played three matches, and to come out in the third match with the energy that they had and the focus that they had was awesome. I'm very proud of them," said Winterbotham.
The Vols are now preparing for a trip to Illinois this weekend to participate in the Kickoff Weekend, which is the first two rounds of the National Indoors.
"We're all excited. We just talked to our coaches about the schedule," Reese said. "We are going to have a good practice tomorrow, Wednesday we will take off, and then Thursday we will head out and get there."
Tennessee will start the Kickoff Weekend by playing the home team Illinois. After that, they will play either Tulsa or North Carolina. The Vols are hoping that their experience will boost them this season.
"You hope that with maturity you can be able to say less things to them and basically more coaching goes on," Winterbotham said.
With Fickey, Libietis and Reese all having last season to build up experience, the Vols are looking for a strong outing from them this coming weekend and through the rest of the young season.
"We got two tough ones this weekend, so we need to prepare as best we can," Reese said.