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For this second week in a row, the Tennessee Volunteers are heading to a pair of tennis tournaments over the weekend.
This time, three Vols are bound for the annual ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., and four others are headed to the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in Atlanta. Both tournaments begin Saturday morning.
For a look at both events:
Two of the three Vols in this season's All-American field will be making their first appearance at the annual event. With four freshmen on Tennessee's roster, that stat should not come as much of a surprise.
Between pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds, the All-American has the notoriety of being the longest individual college tennis event on the calendar. The tournament spans nine days, beginning Saturday and running through next Sunday, Oct. 9.
The pre-qualifying singles kicks off Saturday and will feature two Vols: sophomore Jarryd Chaplin and freshman Brandon Fickey. If they win their matches, they would advance on to play three qualifying matches.
Junior Edward Jones, the Vols’ lone returner to this event, will begin play Monday with the qualifying rounds.
Fickey enters the weekend with a 4-2 record to start his collegiate career, having reached the finals of the Tennessee Fall Invitational two weeks earlier. Chaplin joined the Vols in January, so he is entering his first full season this fall. He has a 2-3 record.
Jones is coming off a solid weekend in California, going 2-1 at the Land Rover Napa Valley Classic. He started in the pre-qualifying at last year’s All-American, winning three matches before losing his fourth.
Historically speaking, Tennessee has produced one All-American singles champion: John-Patrick Smith, who pulled off the feat as a junior in 2009. That same year, he and Boris Conkic won the doubles title in their first tournament together.
Four Vols are headed for the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, which has now been a tournament stop for Tennessee the last three seasons.
Junior Taylor Patrick and freshman Peter Nagovnak both drew seeded opponents in the first round of the top flight. Patrick faces eighth-seeded Gerardo Meza of Clemson, and Nagovnak plays fifth-seeded Vikram Reddy, who played No. 3 in Alabama’s lineup last season.
Nagovnak enters the tournament 4-2, having gone 1-1 last week at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. Patrick has not played since the Tennessee Fall Invitational two weeks ago and is 1-1.
Senior Bryan Swartz, who leads the Vols with a 6-1 record, is the No. 2 seed in the second flight and received a bye in the first round. Sophomore Colton Norton also got a bye and plays Georgia’s Will Oliver in the round of 16.
Rhyne Williams won the Georgia Tech tournament as a freshman in 2009, beating teammate Matteo Fago in the final.
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla
Saturday’s Pre-Qualifying Draws
First Round
Brandon Fickey, UT, vs. Jacob Straus, Oklahoma, 8 a.m. Central
Second Round
[5-8] Jarryd Chaplin, UT, vs. Gustav Kallen, St. John’s/Mark DeCastro, San Francisco, 1:30 p.m. Central
Georgia Tech Fall Invitational
Saturday’s Draws
Flight A
Round of 32
Taylor Patrick, UT, vs. [8] Gerardo Meza, Clemson
Peter Nagovnak, UT, vs. [5] Vikram Reddy, Alabama
Flight B
Round of 16
Colton Norton, UT, vs. Will Oliver, Georgia
[2] Bryan Swartz, UT, vs. Michael Reilly, UNC-Wilmington/Tanner Brown, Lipscomb



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