Jan. 30, 2004
Tennessee's men's tennis team preserved its unbeaten record Friday afternoon, posting a 7-0 win over Georgia Southern at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
"The team seems to be improving day by day and match by match," Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. "That's what you want from a young team."
For the second consecutive match, Tennessee (3-0, 0-0 SEC) began the day by sweeping all three doubles contests. Simon Rea and Ben Rogers beat GSU's Doruk Baglan and Stephen Dubienski 8-3 at the No. 2 position, and the Vol team of Wade Orr and Damien Spizzo then clinched the always-important doubles point by downing Vincent Patry and Danie van den Heever 8-5 at the No. 1 spot.
In singles action, Orr moved up to the No. 2 position when it was announced that Spizzo would not take part in singles competition. Orr didn't miss a beat, however, as he had little difficulty defeating van den Heever by a convincing score of 6-3, 6-2 to put Tennessee up 2-0.
Kingsport native Ben Rogers lit up the scoreboard next for UT. The former Dobyns-Bennett High School standout showed dynamic shot-making ability while defeating Green in straight sets.
Tennessee's top player, No. 64-ranked Simon Rea, officially brought home the Volunteer victory when he completed his 6-4, 6-2 dismantling of Patry at the No. 1 slot.
Three spring newcomers then put the finishing touches on the Big Orange shutout. Freshmen Ockie Oosthuizen, Kiril Tcherveniachki and Matt Berry each notched straight-set wins at the Nos. 3, 5 and 6 spots, respectively.
With Friday's win, Tennessee now owns a perfect 2-0 all-time record against Georgia Southern.
The Vols play host to No. 29-ranked Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) have already defeated two ranked opponents this season, including an upset victory over then-No. 15-ranked Minnesota on the road last Saturday.
"Virginia is a very good team," Fancutt said after his 112th career win Friday. "They're probably a top-10 or top-20 team in the country, and we look forward to the challenge of playing them tomorrow (Saturday)."
Orr, one of UT's two senior leaders, echoed his coach's sentiments about the impending battle versus the Cavaliers.
"I think we played well today," Orr said. "It was a good warm-up for tomorrow's match. I think we're pretty evenly matched with Virginia. Nobody played too long today so everyone should be fresh tomorrow."