March 3, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The No. 12-ranked Tennessee tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon at the Goodfriend Tennis Center, with a 5-2 win over a Vanderbilt squad that lost a close match to defending national champion Georgia Friday, 4-3. The Vols move to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in SEC play, while the Commodores drop to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. The Vols now hold a 44-3 mark all-time against the Commodores.
In the Vols' loss to Kentucky Friday, UT head coach Michael Fancutt felt dropping the doubles point was critical, so taking the doubles tally today was of utmost importance to the Vol skipper. The Vols complied, winning the first two completed matches convincingly to notch the first point of the match. The duo of Mark Dietrich and Peter Handoyo scored first with a win over Bobby Reynolds and Scott Brown at No.1, before the No. 12-ranked tandem of Simon Rea and Mario Toledo secured the lead for the Vols with a win over Chad Harris and Lewis Smith in the No. 2 slot.
The Vols remained in high gear during the singles segment, winning the first three completed matches to capture their first conference win of the season. No. 38-ranked senior Peter Handoyo has been dominant all season, having compiled a 10-0 record coming into today's matches. His opponent today was No. 35-ranked Bobby Reynolds, who on Friday upset defending NCAA singles champion Matias Boeker of Georgia. Reynolds would not get his second upset win of the weekend as Handoyo took the No. 1 match 6-1, 6-3. No.12-ranked senior Mario Toledo was also a solid winner Sunday, taking a 6-2, 6-1 win over Vanderbilt's Brown in the No. 3 match. Fellow senior Adam Carey then polished off the Commodores, by breaking a two match losing streak in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Harris at No. 2. Freshman Jake Olsen captured the Vols fifth and final point when Smith retired in their No. 6 match.
"Sport is about mental toughness and heart, and I believe our team showed that today after our deflating loss to Kentucky Friday," Fancutt said. "I believe we went into the Kentucky match overconfident and I think we took them for granted, so it was important for us not to make the same mistake today against a good Vanderbilt squad. We didn't take Vanderbilt for granted today and we won, partly due to the great leadership of our three seniors. Pete (Handoyo), Adam (Carey) and Mario (Toledo) were all great today, coming up with three big wins at the top of our lineup."
The Vols will be taking
to the road next weekend, with stops set for Alabama Friday, at 1 p.m. (CST)
and Auburn Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. (CST).
|#12 Tennessee 5, #27 Vanderbilt 2|
|1) #38 Peter Handoyo (UT) def. #35 Bobby Reynolds (VU) 6-1, 6-3|
|2) Adam Carey (UT) def. Chad Harris (VU) 6-3, 6-4 *|
|3) #12 Mario Toledo (UT) def. Scott Brown (VU) 6-2, 6-1|
|4) Zach Dailey (VU) def. Simon Rea (UT) 6-4, 7-6(4)|
|5) Jens Frederickson (VU) def. #75 Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4|
|6) Jake Olsen (UT) def. Lewis Smith (VU) 3-4 ret.|
|1) Handoyo/Dietrich (UT) def. Reynolds/Brown (VU) 8-1|
|2) #12 Rea/Toledo (UT) def. Harris/Smith (VU) 8-3*|
|3) Carey/Olsen (UT) vs. Frederickson/Tarkoff (VU) DNF (4-4)|
|Singles finishing order: 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 5|