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."
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