Feb. 21, 2003
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's men's tennis team improved its record to 6-2 with a 5-0 victory over Austin Peay Friday at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. The Vols now turn their attention to the Southeastern Conference schedule, which begins Feb. 28 when Tennessee travels to Lexington, Ky., to face the No. 9-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
"Our team played with good focus and intensity today," Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. "In their minds, I know they're preparing for the SEC season, which starts next weekend against two highly-ranked teams in Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Both of those matches will be away for us, and they'll be tough matches that we look forward to."
If Friday's performance against the Governors is an indication of the Vols' preparedness, then Fancutt can anticipate that his team will once again be a force to be reckoned with in the nation's most dominant and competitive conference for men's tennis.
Playing in a non-traditional four-one match format, which consists of only four singles contests and one doubles match, Tennessee dominated the Govs from the first point on.
Simon Rea, the nation's No. 27-ranked singles player, recorded his 17th victory of the season, bringing his overall singles mark to a team-best 17-4.
The Vols placed an exclamation point on an already impressive outing when Henderson and Perna cruised to an 8-1 doubled victory.
With the Vols now totally focused on SEC competition, the stakes will be raised,
as all twelve SEC teams are currently listed in the top 30 in the Omni Hotels/ITA
Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Three of those teams are currently featured in the
top 10 (No. 5 Mississippi, No. 6 Florida and No. 9 Kentucky).
|No. 25 Tennessee 5, Austin Peay 0|
|1) No. 27 Simon Rea (UT) def. Nabil Lababedi (AP), 6-1, 6-0|
|2) Vincent Perna (UT) def. Joao Marcelo Pinho (AP), 6-0, 6-2|
|3) Wade Orr (UT) def. Wesleigh Pancho (AP), 6-0, 6-1|
|4) Mark Henderson (UT) def. Rodrigo Borges (AP), 6-1, 6-3|
1) Henderson/Perna (UT) def. Borges/Andrew Naidu (AP), 8-1