Feb. 9, 2003
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee suffered its first setback of the 2003 season
Sunday, falling to the No. 37 Louisville Cardinals 4-2 at UT's Goodfriend
Indoor Tennis Center.
"Beating Tennessee at Tennessee is like a dream day because so few teams come here and beat these guys at home because they are so good," Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma said. "We just caught them at a good year and at a good moment because for us to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Tennessee is not justice. That's an elite team--a top two or three team. We're just trying to get into the top 25. This is big to us and I just hope we can enjoy this for a while."
No. 16 Tennessee (5-1) began the day strong by sweeping all three doubles contests. At the No. 1 slot, the Vol duo of Mark Henderson and Simon Rea defeated their second ranked opponent in as many days, with an 8-4 victory over the No. 22-ranked team of Cody Conley and Octavian Nicodim.
Tennessee's only other point of the match came at No. 1 singles, where junior Simon Rea improved his season singles record to 15-3 with a win over Louisville's Paulo Carvalho.
With the Vols leading 2-0, the momentum began to swing in Louisville's favor. The Cardinals rallied to capture wins at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, and Cody Conley outlasted the nation's No. 56-ranked singles player, Mark Dietrich, at the No. 2 spot.
Jhonny Berrido then clinched the win for the Cards by defeating Tennessee freshman Vincent Perna in the No. 5 singles slot.
Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt gave credit to the Cardinals (6-1), acknowledging the improvement Ecarma's team has shown in recent years. Despite the loss, Fancutt voiced optimism about his squad's doubles performance as of late. Fancutt often stresses the importance of winning the doubles point in dual match competition, and his team's refusal to drop a doubles match thus far in 2003 has him pleased with that aspect of the game as the SEC schedule draws near.
The FVol netters will now prepare to hit the road for the first time in 2003. Tennessee will travel to Durham, N.C., to face Duke on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Blue Devils are currently ranked No. 8 in the nation.
|No. 37 Louisville 4, No. 16 Tennessee 2|
|1) No. 27 Simon Rea (UT) def. No. 111 Paulo Carvalho (UL), 6-4, 6-1|
|2) Cody Conley (UL) def. No. 56 Mark Dietrich (UT), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3|
|3) Octavian Nicodim (UL) def. Wade Orr (UT), 6-2, 7-5|
|4) Matt Mayer (UL) def. Mark Henderson (UT), 6-3, 6-3|
|5) Jhonny Berrido (UL) def. Vincent Perna (UT), 6-4, 6-4|
|6) Rawl Martin (UT) vs. Harry Walsh (UL), suspended|
1) Henderson/Rea (UT) def. No. 22 Conley/Nicodim (UL), 8-4
|2) Dietrich/Orr (UT) def. Mayer Walsh (UL), 8-6|
|3) Martin/Perna (UT) def. Carvalho/Kirts (UL), 8-3|