All eyes were on Tennessee senior Jarryd Chaplin last Sunday at Barksdale Stadium as his singles match would ultimately determine the outcome in the Vols' match against No. 17 Mississippi State bulldogs.

With the score knotted, 3-3, and Chaplin and his opponent the only two players remaining, it was up to UT's senior to keep the Vols above water in SEC play.

And while the pressure mounted, Chaplin displayed why he is the senior caption of the team, winning, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch a 4-3 victory for Tennessee (12-5, 1-2 SEC) over the Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-6, 2-1 SEC).

"I was happy with my own performance today," Chaplin said after the match, "which is something I have been looking for the last few weeks.

"It was rewarding to actually get the win because there were a lot of unfinished matches that I have played, and coach just said that is a step in the right direction."

Chaplin was not the only team veteran that stepped up on Sunday as juniors Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese were the two other players to win their singles matches.

"It means a lot," Libietis said when asked about the meaningfulness of the veteran leadership on the team. "When I was still in the first set, I saw me winning, Hunter was close to winning the first set, and then Jarryd was winning the first set. I just felt confident because it is two guys with experience winning. It just helps a lot when you know these three guys are winning that have experience and they know how to close out matches.

"It is just great, and I think it is going to be a confidence boost for the younger guys as well."

The final outcome of the match against Mississippi State was much different than the final outcome against Ole Miss on Friday.

After an impressive doubles performance on Friday, the Vols lost all their singles matches against Ole Miss, losing 4-1 to the Rebels.

After winning the doubles point against Mississippi State, the veterans on the team were determined to avoid the same fate on Sunday.

"I was really proud of Mikelis," Chaplin said. "He stepped up and spoke to us all at the locker room today, and he just placed an importance on not taking it for granted, the doubles point. We did good, but we kind of fell on our faces a bit on Friday to a team that wanted to win.

"We wanted to win today, so we did a better job of coming out of the doubles point."

Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said he enjoyed how his veterans performed in the win, adding "today was fun."

"At the end there, I was laughing and just enjoying watching Mikelis and Hunter step up and do what they did," Winterbotham said, "and just to see Jarryd at the end there was awesome."