Feb. 23, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The No. 11 Tennessee tennis team defeated No. 15 Duke 4-1 Saturday afternoon at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on the UT campus. The Vols' avenged a 4-1 loss suffered at the hands of the Blue Devils Feb. 7, at the National Team Indoor tournament in Louisville, Ky. Tennessee now leads the series with the Blue Devils 7-4.
"This is the first time we have beaten Duke since I have coached here, so this is a very big win for our team," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "This team is working hard and improving all the time. I believe this team has the potential to be the best I have coached since I have been here."
The Vols (6-2) began the match by taking their third straight doubles point since last dropping the talley to the Blue Devils two weeks ago. Tennessee's Adam Carey and Jake Olsen began the scoring with an 8-5 win over Jason Zimmerman and Yorke Allen in the No. 3 match. The Blue Devils (1-6) came right back, knotting the doubles segment at one match apiece when Phillip King and Michael Yani came back from down a break late in the match to upend Tennessee's Mark Dietrich and Peter Handoyo 8-6 in the No. 1 match. The No. 12-ranked Vol duo of Mario Toledo and Simon Rea then secured the point for the Vols, winning an exciting tiebreaker 7-1 to capture a 9-8 victory over Duke's Joel Spicher and Alex Bose in the No. 2 match.
The Vols then captured three of the first four completed singles matches to finish off the Blue Devils. No. 12-ranked Toledo scored first for the Big Orange, with a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 125 Alex Bose in the No. 2 match. Rea then downed Duke's Jason Zimmerman 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 4 match to put the Vols one point away. Duke's No. 46-ranked Michael Yani would end the Vols hopes of a sweep, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tennessee's Carey in the No. 3 match. Tennessee's No. 38-ranked Peter Handoyo, who returned to the team last week after winning two Davis Cup matches for Indonesia, then clinched the match for the Vols with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 39-ranked King in the No. 1 match. Handoyo remains undefeated this season, with his win today moving him to 9-0 overall and 5-0 against players ranked in the current ITA poll.
"This was a great effort today by Mario (Toledo), Pete (Handoyo) and Simon (Rea) to close this match out," Fancutt added. "I am especially proud of Pete, who defeated one of the dominate players in college tennis today. I hope this gives him the confidence he needs to be college tennis' best player this year."
The Vol netters will be back in action at home against No. 9 Kentucky Friday, March 1, at 4 p.m. Admission will be free.
|#11 Tennessee 4, #15 Duke 1|
|1) (38) Peter Handoyo (UT) def. Phillip King (Duke) 6-4, 6-4 *|
|2) (12) Mario Toledo (UT) def. (125) Alex Bose (Duke) 6-4, 6-2|
|3) (46) Michael Yani (Duke) def. Adam Carey (UT) 6-3, 6-2|
|4) Simon Rea (UT) def. Jason Zimmerman (Duke) 6-3, 6-1|
|5) (75) Mark Dietrich (UT) vs. Joel Spicher (Duke) DNF (Tied 2-2)|
|6) Wade Orr (UT) vs. Yorke Allen (Duke) DNF (TN led 2-1)|
|Singles finishing order: 2, 4, 3, 1*|
|1) King/Yani (Duke) def. Handoyo/Dietrich (UT) 8-6|
|2) (12) Rea/Toledo (UT) def. Spicher/Bose (Duke) 9-8(1)|
|3) Carey/Olsen (UT) def. Zimmerman/Allen (Duke) 8-5|