Feb. 4, 2006

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee freshman Derek Stephens battled back to defeat ETSU's Lisandro Picardo at No. 5 singles to give the Vols a 4-3 victory over ETSU in its home opener Saturday at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

"That was one heck of a college tennis match," men's head tennis coach Chris Mahony said. "Whenever it gets down to the last match it's very exciting. Fortunately for us, Derek stepped up and won the match for us."

Stephens dropped the first set to Serrano 7-6 but battled back to capture the second set 6-3. In the final set, with the match resting on his shoulders, Stephens delivered a 6-1 victory to give Tennessee the match.

Tennessee (2-1) took an early 1-0 lead by winning at No. 1 and 2 doubles. Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers defeated Juan Crosa and Oscar Posada 8-4 at the No. 1 slot and Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel defeated Felix Insaurralde and Lisandro Picardo 8-2 at the No. 2 position to give UT the doubles point.

ETSU (4-3) tied the match at one, when Enrique Olivares defeated Hubble 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

Tennessee would capture the next two matches though to regain the lead. Cameron defeated Posada 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position and Hensel defeated Crosa 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 3 slot to make it 3-1.

Insaurralde cut into the Tennessee lead with his victory over David Baxendine 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Sebastian Serrano tied the match when he defeated Rogers 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 6 position.

Tennessee is home again Sunday when it faces UNC-Greensboro at 2 p.m. All matches at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center are free and open to the public.



No. 16 Tennessee 4, ETSU 3
1. Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Oscar Posada (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) def. Dave Baxendine (UT) 7-5, 6-3
3. Kaden Hensel (UT) def. Juan Crosa (ETSU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Adam Hubble (UT) 6-1, 6-4
5. Derek Stephens (UT) def. Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
6. Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4,1,3,2,6,5*
1. Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Crosa/Posada (ETSU) 8-4
2. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Insaurralde/Picardo (ETSU) 8-2
3. Olivares/Serrano (ETSU) led Baxendine/Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-5, susp.
Order of Finish: 1,2


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