No. 19 Deacons Fall Short in 4-1 Loss at No. 14 Tennessee
Jon Ho beat Tennessee's Brandon Fickey at No. 3 singles
Jon Ho beat Tennessee's Brandon Fickey at No. 3 singles

Feb. 9, 2014


By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 34 Mikelis Libietis edged No. 20 Romain Bogaerts in a second set tiebreak to give No. 14 Tennessee a 4-1 win over No. 19 Wake Forest at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Sunday.

After Tennessee (9-1) took a 3-0 lead, Wake Forest (6-2) fought back to 3-1 when Jon Ho beat Brandon Fickey 6-4, 6-5 (6) at the No. 3 singles position and with all remaining matches close, the Demon Deacons had a look at a comeback.

To make things interesting though, the Deacons needed Bogaerts to force a third set against Libeitis, who reached No. 1 in the ITA Singles Rankings back in the fall. Bogaerts had a chance when Libietis double faulted twice late in the second set tiebreak to give him a set point, but the Latvian regrouped to take the next three points, winning 6-4, 6-5 (6) to clinch the win for the Volunteers.

At the time the match was stopped, Maksim Kan held a break lead over Tennessee senior Jarryd Chaplin at the No. 4 position and No. 59 Adam Lee was battling against No. 16 Hunter Reese after dropping the first set.

Ho's win gave him a measure of revenge against Fickey. When the two teams met in Winston-Salem last year, Fickey rallied from a 5-3 third set deficit to beat Ho, then a freshman, in the deciding match of a 4-3 Tennessee win.

Tennessee had taken the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. At the top spot, top-ranked Libietis and Hunter beat No. 30 Lee and Pedro Dumont 6-3, and Markus Kerner and Andrew Dromsky clinched the point at No. 3 with a 6-3 win over Anthony Delcore and Aws Laaribi.



Dromsky and Kerner earned Tennessee's first singles points, beating Pedro Dumont and Jaya Billa at the bottom two positions.

Wake Forest will have a week off before another challenging road trip, this time to take on No. 49 Louisville on Feb. 23.

#14 Tennessee 4, #19 Wake Forest 1

1. #34 Mikelis Libietis (UT) def. #20 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-4, 6-5 (8-6)
2. #16 Hunter Reese (UT) vs. #59 Adam Lee (WF) 6-5 (7-5), 4-3, unfinished
3. Jon Ho (WF) def. Brandon Fickey (UT) 6-4, 6-5 (8-6)
4. Jarryd Chaplin (UT) vs. Maksim Kan (WF) 6-2, 5-6 (3-7), 1-2, unfinished
5. Andrew Dromsky (UT) def. Pedro Dumont (WF) 6-3, 6-4
6. Markus Kerner (UT) def. Jaya Billa (WF) 6-1, 6-2

1. #1 Mikelis Libietis/Hunter Reese (UT) def. #30 Adam Lee/Pedro Dumont (WF) 6-3
2. #28 Jarryd Chaplin/Brandon Fickey (UT) vs. Maksim Kan/Romain Bogaerts (WF) 4-4, unfinished
3. Markus Kerner/Andrew Dromsky (UT) def. Anthony Delcore/Aws Laaribi (WF) 6-3

Match Notes:
Wake Forest 6-2; National ranking #19
Tennessee 9-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,6,3,1)