Jan. 26, 2007

The Tennessee men's tennis defeated Tennessee-Chattanooga, 7-0, Friday night to complete an opening day sweep of intrastate schools at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

"We had a great effort today" head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "I'm proud of Davey and Chris for getting their first collegiate dual-match wins. Also, the guys and I really appreciated all the fans and the fantastic support they gave us. We look forward to seeing them all next Tuesday when we take on a good Louisville team."

The Vols (2-0) captured the doubles point for the second conseutive match. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel improved to 15-6 on the season with a 8-4 victory over Mark Fynn and Tim Mittiga at the No. 1 position. Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers won their ninth doubles match of the season when they defeated Badr Bouabdellah and Peter Sauska 8-2 at the No. 2 position. The Mocs won the No. 3 doubles position 8-5 over Davey Sandgren and Johnny Thornton.

Freshman Chris Racz playing his first match in Knoxville in front of the home crowd made quick work of Sauska at the No. 3 position. Racz won 6-3, 6-1 to give UT a 2-0 lead.

Rogers won at the No. 2 slot 6-4, 6-2 over Fynn to stake the Vols to a 3-0 lead. Rogers went 4-0 during the opening-day doubleheader.

For the second consecutive match Cameron clinched the UT victory with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Bouabdellah at the No. 1 singles position. Cameron trailed 5-3 in the first set but reeled off ten consecutive games to capture the match.

Sandgren gave UT's its fourth singles victory of the match and by far its toughest. The UT freshman dropped the first set and after battling back to capture the second set, the Gallatin, Tenn., native found himself trailing 5-3 in the third and final set. Sandgren gutted out the next two games and then split the next two before prevailing in the tiebreaker, winning 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 over Razvan Axente. Sandgren is now 8-1 this season in three-set matches.

Hubble won his first match of the dual season with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over Michael Hangstefer. Hubble is now 14-5 in singles this season.

Kiril Tcherveniachki completed the sweep for UT with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Mittiga at the No. 5 position.

The Big Orange were dominate in all phases on opening day. UT captured all 12 singles matches and five of six doubles matches in its two wins.

Tennessee returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 30 when it hosts 29th-ranked Louisville at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. All matches at Tennessee are free and open to the public.

No. 41 Tennessee 7, UT-Chattanooga 0
1. No. 24 Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Badr Bouabdellah (UTC) 7-5, 6-0
2. Ben Rogers (UT) def. Mark Fynn (UTC) 6-4, 6-2
3. Chris Racz (UT) def. Peter Sauska (UTC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Davey Sandgren (UT) def. Razvan Axente (UTC) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
5. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Tim Mittiga (UTC) 6-3, 7-5
6. Adam Hubble (UT) def. Michael Hangstefer (UTC) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,2,1,4,6,5
1. No. 5 Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Fynn/Mittiga (UTC) 8-4
2. No. 34 Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Bouabdellah/Sauska (UTC) 8-2
3. Axente/Hangstefer (UTC) def. Sandgren/Thornton (UT) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3,1,2





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