March 12, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's tennis team defeated South Carolina 4-1 Sunday on a sunny afternoon at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts to improve to 7-3 this season.
"I was happy to get the win against South Carolina today," men's head tennis coach Chris Mahony said. "Coach Woodruff and I were a little concerned about a possible letdown after the big win over Florida on Friday. One of my main concerns was getting the guys fired up for today's match against a team that started the year ranked No. 11 in the country. It was a good test for us and I thought we got off to a good start, winning the doubles point and starting well in singles. To South Carolina's credit they fought back hard in the middle of the match and made us really have to work to put them away."
The Volunteers captured the doubles point for the third time in the SEC season. Derek Stephens and Kiril Tcherveniachki defeated Adam Adler and Thomas Stoddard 8-3 at No. 3 doubles and Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel won at No. 2 doubles 8-6 over Pedro Rodrigues and Yevgeny Supeko.
Cameron clinched the win for UT for the second consecutive match defeating USC's Tom Eklund 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Cameron went 4-0 this weekend, defeating two higher-ranked opponents in singles and clinching the doubles point in today's match against South Carolina.
Stephens gave the Vols a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Adler at No. 6 singles. The UT freshman from Matthews, N.C., won both of his matches at the No. 6 singles position this weekend.
After the Gamecocks pulled within one, Tcherveniachki defeated Sueko 6-0, 6-4 to give the Volunteers a 3-1 lead. The Auckland, New Zealand native is now 2-2 in the SEC for the Vols.
Dmitry Babenko defeated Adam Hubble 7-5, 6-2 to give the Gamecocks (8-8, 1-3 SEC)their only point of the match.
UT steps out of conference play next week when it travels to South Florida during Spring Break. The Vols face 14th-ranked Miami on March 20 at Noon and play at Florida Atlantic on March 22.
No. 55 Tennessee 4 No. 31 South Carolina 1
|1.||No. 123 Bobby Cameron (UT) def. No. 115 Tom Eklund (USC)||6-2, 4-6, 6-4|
|2.||Kaden Hensel (UT) led No. 107 Jamie Cuellar (USC)||7-6, 0-6, 2-1, susp.|
|3.||Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Yevgeny Supeko (USC)||6-0, 6-4|
|4.||Ben Rogers (UT) tied Pedro Rodrigues (USC)||3-6, 6-1, 4-4, susp.|
|5.||Dmitry Babenko (USC) def. Adam Hubble (UT)||7-5, 6-2|
|6.||Derek Stephens (UT) def. Adam Adler (USC)||6-1, 6-4|
|Order of Finish: 6,5,3,1|
|1.||No. 14 Hubble/Rogers (UT) tied Cuellar/Eklund (USC)||6-6|
|2.||Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Rodrigues/Supeko (USC)||8-6|
|3.||Stephens/Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Adler/Stoddard (USC)||8-3|
|Order of Finish: 3,2|