Jan. 30, 2007

The Tennessee men's tennis team improved to 3-0 Tuesday, with a 7-0 win over 36th-ranked Louisville at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

"We had a great team effort today," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "We showed that we our a team with great depth. Whoever we put in the lineup is willing to fight. I just want to thank the fans again for showing up and giving us a great home court advantage and we look forward to seeing you again Feb. 9 when we face Ohio State."

The Volunteers played without junior Kaden Hensel which meant that the Vols' No. 5 ranked doubles duo of Hensel and Bobby Cameron would not be manning the No. 1 position for UT. Tennessee still captured the doubles point though as UT won at the No. 2 and 3 positions to take a 1-0 lead into singles play.

Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers, ranked 34th in doubles, defeated Pablo Camacho and Robert Rotaru 8-2 on court No. 2. Hubble and Rogers now have a record of 10-4. Davey Sandgren and Kiril Tcherveniachki clinched the point for UT with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Chris Herrlinger and David Simon. Tennessee has won the doubles point in all three matches this season.

Sandgren staked UT to a 2-0 lead with a win at the No. 4 position. The Vol freshman knocked off Rotaru 7-6, 6-3. Sandgren is 17-8 this season in singles and 3-0 in dual-match play.

Tcherveniachki put Tennessee on the brink of winning with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over Simon. The win was Tcherveniachki's third in dual-match play this year and also gave the UT senior his 10th singles win of the season.

Cameron clinched the UT win for the third straight match with a three-set win over Slavko Radman at the No. 1 position. Cameron won the first set but dropped the second set in a tie-breaker. Cameron then ran away with the match in the third set, only dropping one game on his way to a 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 win over the 71st-ranked Radman.

Rogers, playing at the No.2 singles position for the second straight match, defeated Damar Johnson 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Rogers is 13-6 in singles this season.

Derek Stephens won at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-3 over Kenneth Nordheim. Stephens is tied for the team-lead with 18 singles victories.

Freshman Chris Racz defeated Horatiu Oltean 10-7 at the No. 6 slot. The two freshmen played to 10 instead of playing a three-set match because of time constraints.

Tennessee hits the road for the first time this season on Saturday when it faces Illinois, the nation's seventh-ranked team at 7 p.m.

No. 41 Tennessee 7, No. 36 Louisville 0
1. No. 24 Bobby Cameron (UT) def. No. 71 Slavko Radman (UL) 6-2, 6-7, 6-1*
2. Ben Rogers (UT) def. Damar Johnson (UL) 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
3. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. David Simon (UL) 6-2, 6-1
4. Davey Sandgren (UT) def. Robert Rotaru (UL) 7-6, 6-3
5. Derek Stephens (UT) def. Kenneth Nordheim (UL) 6-2, 6-3
6. Chris Racz (UT) def. Horatiu Oltean (UL) 10-7
Order of Finish: 4,3,1,2,5,6
1. No. 24 Johnson/Radman (UL) def. Cameron/Thornton (UT) 8-4
2. No. 34 Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Camacho/Rotaru (UL) 8-2
3. Sandgren/Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Herrlinger/Simon (UL) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1,2,3





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