Tennis Vols Defeat College of Charleston 6-1

March 14, 2004

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Tennessee's men's tennis team defeated the College of Charleston 6-1 Sunday morning at the Tennis Center at Patriots Point. The win marked the No. 28-ranked Vols' second victory over a Southern Conference opponent in as many days.

After posting a 5-2 victory Saturday at The Citadel, Tennessee (8-3, 1-1 SEC) performed well in both the doubles and singles portions of Sunday's contest against the 2003 Southern Conference co-champion Cougars.

"Our team played with better intensity [Sunday than it did Saturday,]" UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "The College of Charleston was a good, solid team, and we're happy with the 6-1 win. We're now looking forward to playing Ole Miss and Mississippi State next weekend."

The Vols swept the doubles point via wins from Simon Rea and Ben Rogers at No. 1, Ockie Oosthuizen and Damien Spizzo at No. 2 and the No. 47-ranked duo of Mark Dietrich and Wade Orr at No. 3.

It didn't take long for Tennessee to ensure a team win, as three Vols posted straight-set singles wins to give UT the four points necessary for a match victory. Freshman Kiril Tcherveniachki finished first, posting a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cougar junior Arthur Peller at the No. 4 position. Kingsport native Rogers was next off, following his 6-3, 6-2 dismantling of sophomore Liran Kling at the No 6 spot. The Vols' clinching point was delivered when Spizzo finished off College of Charleston's Timo Siebert at No. 2 singles.

The Vols received additional points from upperclassmen Dietrich and Rea. By edging Cougar junior Philipp Koller 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 5 singles, Dietrich won his second three-set match of the weekend. Rea's match at the No. 1 position saw the No. 42-ranked New Zealander pitted against No. 91-ranked Cougar freshman Or Dekel. Dekel came into the contest riding a 12-match singles winning streak, but couldn't slow down the crafty Tennessee senior. Rea's 6-2, 7-6(8) victory marked his team-best 12th singles win of the season and his fifth of the year against a ranked opponent.



In the lone remaining contest, College of Charleston's Bastian Moldhenke defeated Oosthuizen in a third-set tiebreaker at the No. 3 position to prevent the Tennessee shutout.

Tennessee now boasts a 46-1 all-time record versus current members of the Southern Conference.

The Vols jump back into their Southeastern Conference schedule Friday at 3 p.m. when they meet No. 2-ranked Ole Miss (11-1, 3-0 SEC) in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels are currently the highest-ranked opponent remaining on Tennessee's regular-season schedule, and no remaining UT opponent is ranked lower than No. 45 in the nation.

No. 28 Tennessee 6, College of Charleston 1

1) Rea/Rogers (UT) def. Peller/Siebert (CofC), 9-8
2) Oosthuizen/Spizzo (UT) def. Dekel/Koller (CofC), 9-7
3) No. 47 Dietrich/Orr (UT) def. Kling/Moldhenke (CofC), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1) No. 42 Simon Rea (UT) def. No. 91 Or Dekel (CofC), 6-2, 7-6(8)
2) Damien Spizzo (UT) def. Timo Siebert (CofC), 6-4, 6-2*
3) Bastian Moldhenke (CofC) def. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3)
4) Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Arthur Peller (CofC), 6-1, 6-2
5) Mark Dietrich (UT) def. Philipp Koller (CofC), 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
6) Ben Rogers (UT) def. Liran Kling (CofC), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2*, 5, 1, 3
* Clinching point



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