KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)— Four of Tennessee’s student-athletes will compete for their home countries at the 2019 World University Games which begin July 3 in Napoli, Italy.
Kaitlin Staines from the women’s tennis team and Scott Jones from men’s tennis will compete for Australia. Martim Prata, also on the men’s tennis team, will compete for Portugal. From swimming and diving, Michael Houlie will be a member of the South African team.
Under the direction of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), this will be the 30th Summer World University Games and the fifth time Italy has been the host nation. The games have been contested under different iterations but under the current format, the Games began in 1959 in Turin, Italy.
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KAITLIN STAINES – TEAM AUSTRALIA (TENNIS)
Staines’ sophomore season with the Tennessee women’s tennis program saw her earn doubles All-American honors with senior Sadie Hammond, becoming the first Lady Vol duo to earn All-America honors since 2013.
Partnered together, Staines and Hammond ascended as high as No. 6 in the ITA’s doubles rankings and compiled a 19-5 dual match record. In singles, Staines went 15-7 in dual matches primarily at Tennessee’s No. 2 singles spot.
SCOTT JONES – TEAM AUSTRALIA (TENNIS)
The rising senior was a key contributor on a Vols team that won 22 matches in 2018-19 and helped them earn back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time since 2010 and 2011. Jones played at number three for most of the season, going 27-12 overall, 19-9 in dual matches and 8-4 in SEC play. The Perth, Australia native was named to the All-SEC Second Team for the second time in his career and earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors.
MARTIM PRATA – TEAM PORTUGAL (TENNIS)
Prata joined the Vols in January and found immediate success, winning three of his first five matches. His first victory came against No. 70 Bjorn Thomson from Texas Tech (7-5, 6-1). Prata’s first SEC win was over Jake Beasley of South Carolina (6-2, 4-6, 6-1).
MICHAEL HOULIE – TEAM SOUTH AFRICA (SWIMMING)
A mid-year enrollee, Houlie made a big impact on the Vols as he helped the 200 medley relay finish second at the SEC Championships and sixth at NCAAs. The Cape Town, South Africa native was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team. Houlie earned First Team All-America honors as a part of the 200 medley relay.
Action from the pool gets started on July 4 with tennis beginning the following day on July 5.