March 10, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - It is very hard to win on the road in the SEC. The youthful Volunteers learned this last weekend and the highly ranked Florida Gators learned it tonight as Tennessee defeated No. 5 ranked Florida 4-3 at the UT Varsity Outdoor Courts Friday night.
"This was an obviously an unbelievable win for our team," men's head coach Chris Mahony said. "Florida is a great team, they are well-conditioned, well coached and they battle very hard. I'm so proud of Coach Woodruff and our team. You can't really single any person out, there were tons of great individual performances out there, this was just a great team effort.
Tennessee (6-3, 1-2 SEC) got off to a fast start capturing the doubles point. Sophomores Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel defeated Janne Holmia and Vladimir Obradovic 8-6 at the No. 2 position and the Vols' No.1 duo of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers clinched the point by defeating the Gators' Nestor Briceno and Stefan Tell 9-8.
Freshman Derek Stephens playing in his first SEC singles match gave the Vols a 2-0 lead with a victory at the No. 6 position over 122nd-ranked Tell 6-4, 6-1.
Florida (8-3, 2-1 SEC) has spent time this season as the top-ranked team in the country, and as all good teams do, they got back in the match. Janne Holmia got the Gators on the board with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over David Baxendine and Chris Brandi tied the match at two with a victory over Rogers 7-6, 6-1 at the No. 5 position.
A pair of come-from-behind victories would seal the deal for Tennessee. Hensel
put the Vols on top for good with a victory at No. 3 singles over 68th-ranked
Obradovic 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 and Cameron after dropping the first set to Greg
Ouellette rebounded to capture the next two sets and clinch the match for
Tennessee is in action again on Sunday when it faces No. 31 South Carolina at 1 p.m. at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts. All home matches are free and open to the public. Live stats can be found on UTsports.com.
|No. 55 Tennessee 4 No. 5 Florida 3|
|1. No. 123 Bobby Cameron (UT) def. No. 39 Greg Ouellette (UF) 4-6, 6-0, 7-5|
|2. Janne Holmia (UF) def. David Baxendine (UT) 7-6, 6-1|
|3. Kaden Hensel (UT) def. No. 68 Vladimir Obradovic (UF) 6-7, 6-1, 6-3|
|4. No. 66 Nestor Briceno (UF) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3|
|5. Chris Brandi (UF) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 7-6, 6-1|
|6. Derek Stephens (UT) def. No. 122 Stefan Tell (UF) 6-4, 6-1|
|Order of Finish: 6,2,5,3,1*,4|
|1. No. 14 Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Briceno/Tell (UF) 9-8|
|2. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Holmia/Obradovic (UF) 8-6|
|3. Brandi/Ouellette (UF) def. Baxendine/Stephens (UT) 8-2|
|Order of Finish: 3,2,1|