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|