March 17, 2002
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--The No. 15-ranked Tennessee tennis team defeated No. 23 Arkansas 4-3 Sunday, in Fayetteville. The Vols, who now lead the series with the Razorbacks 13-9, move to 10-4 overall on the season and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference.
"Playing these six SEC matches in a row has been tough," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "Hopefully, we can get a little bit of a break this week before coming back to start up the conference schedule again."
The Vols began the match by winning the only two completed doubles matches, to capture their second straight doubles point. The duo of Mario Toledo and Wade Orr defeated Arkansas' Alecksey Bubis and Oggie Kolev 8-6 at No. 1. The senior duo of Adam Carey and Peter Handoyo then won their second straight match to earn the doubles point for the Vols.
The Vols continued their fine play into the singles segment, as Handoyo and Toledo both made short work of their foes in the No. 1 and 2 matches, respectively, to put Tennessee up 3-0. Arkansas (8-5, 1-5 SEC) fought right back, however, with wins by Kullenberg, Pacheco and Bubis in the No. 3, 4 and 5 matches, respectively. The Vols' Wade Orr then closed out the Razorbacks, with a 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 86-ranked Tiago Azevedo in the No. 6 match.
"Wade Orr did a fantastic job for us today," Fancutt said. "He stepped up and played tough in the No. 1 doubles match and then won convincingly in singles."
The Vols will next be in action Thursday, when they travel to the Hawaii to take on the University of Hawaii-Hilo. The meeting will be the first between the Vols and Vulcans.
|#15 Tennessee 4, #23 Arkansas 3|
|1) (7) Peter Handoyo (UT) def. (32) Oggie Kolev (UA) 6-3, 6-0|
|2) (12) Mario Toledo (UT) def. Nathan Price (UA) 6-1, 6-0|
|3) Magnus Kullenberg (UA) def. Adam Carey (UT) 6-4, 6-7, 6-3|
|4) Eduardo Pacheco (UA) def. (80) Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2|
|5) Alecksey Bubis (UA) def. Mark Henderson (UT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|6) Wade Orr (UT) def. (86) Tiago Azevedo (UA) 6-2, 6-3*|
|1) Toledo/Orr (UT) def. Bubis/Kolev (UA) 8-6|
|2) Handoyo/Carey (UT) def. Ivarsson/Kullenberg (UA) 8-2|
|3) Dietrich/Henderson (UT) vs. Price/Pacheco (UA) DNF (tied 7-7)|