March 11, 2007
The Tennessee men's tennis improved to 8-4 on the season with a 7-0 win over South Carolina Sunday at the Sam Daniel's Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C. Ben Rogers rebounded from his crushing defeat Friday to clinch the match for the Vols.
"Today was a great all around team effort," head coach Sam Winterbotham said."To beat any team in the SEC 7-0 and not lose a set in singles is quality tennis. South Carolina is a good team and we just played very well today. We're moving in the right direction."
Rogers, who lost the deciding match against Florida in a third-set tiebreaker, showed no ill effects Sunday against South Carolina defeating Spencer Feldman at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-1. Rogers is 9-3 in dual-match singles this season.
Tennessee (8-4, 2-2 SEC) captured the doubles point for the third time in four SEC matches. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel won their first SEC doubles match of the season, defeating Pedro Rodrigues and Ivan Cressoni 8-4. Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers clinched the point for Tennessee with an 8-3 victory at the No. 2 position over Pedro Campos and David Wolff. Hubble and Rogers are 9-0 this season at the No. 2 position in the doubles lineup.
Derek Stephens staked Tennessee to a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Wolff. Stephens has played excellent tennis in the last three matches. Since losing in a third-set tiebreaker against LSU, Stephens has won three straight matches and has only dropped seven games in those matches.
Kiril Tcherveniachki extended UT's lead to 3-0 with a 6-0,6-3 win over Thomas Stoddard at No. 6 singles. Tcherveniachki is 4-0 in SEC play. UT is 11-0 this season in dual-matches at the No. 6 position.
Hensel got back on the right track, winning at the No. 1 slot over Rodrigues, 6-3, 6-4. Hensel is 5-2 this season at the No. 1 position in the lineup.
Davey Sandgren won his 21st singles match of the season, defeating Cressoni 7-5, 6-3. Sandgren is tied for the team lead in singles wins with Hensel and Stephens.
Cameron, after a tough couple of weeks, got back on the right track as well Sunday winning his first SEC match of the season. The UT junior defeated Campos 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 2 position.
"Tennessee tennis is about one team and not any one individual and today was all about how a team came together and made the decision they were going to compete and fight for each other and that is a great step for our program," Winterbotham said.
The Vols play their final non-conference matches next Saturday when they host The Citadel and Murray State in a doubleheader. Live stats can be found at UTsports.com. All home matches are free.
|No. 38 Tennessee 7, No. 46 South Carolina 0|
|1. No. 29 Kaden Hensel (UT) def. Pedro Rodrigues (USC)||6-3, 6-4|
|2. No. 30 Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Pedro Campos (USC)||7-5, 6-4|
|3. Davey Sandgren (UT) def. Ivan Cressoni (USC)||7-5, 6-3|
|4. Derek Stephens (UT) def. David Wolff (USC)||6-2, 6-0|
|5. Ben Rogers (UT) def. Spencer Feldman (USC)||6-2, 6-1|
|6. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Thomas Stoddard (USC)||6-0, 6-3|
|Order of Finish: 4,6,5,1,3,2|
|1. No. 19 Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Cressoni/Rodrigues (USC)||8-4|
|2. No. 39 Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Campos/Wolff (USC)||8-3|
|3. Stoddard/Veeder (USC) def. Sandgren/Tcherveniachki (UT)||9-8|
|Order of Finish: 1,2,3|