March 25, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team dropped a tough match to No. 6 Ole Miss 4-3 Friday night at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts for its first loss in SEC competition.
"We lost to a great team tonight," men's acting head coach Chris Mahony said. "However, I can't help but feel like we let an incredible opportunity slip, we had the doubles point and served for the first set in three different singles matches. From that point on I felt like Ole Miss out competed us and were more composed. These are things we need to address before we play a very good Mississippi State team."
The Vol netters won the doubles point to start the match. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel won at No. 3 doubles over Ole Miss's Bram ten Berge and Jakob Klaeson 8-4. The tandem of Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers, ranked No. 7 in the ITA, clinched the point for UT by winning a draining 9-8 decision over Eric Claesson and Catalin Gard. The doubles match between the No. 1 teams took an hour and 45 minutes to complete, as every single game went down to the wire. UT has won the doubles point in all five SEC matches this season.
Ole Miss struck quickly in singles. Juan Pablo dropped UT's Kiril Tcherveniachki 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to even the score at 1-1. Ole Miss's star Catalin Gard after struggling with UT senior Mark Dietrich in the first set, dominated the second set to win 7-5, 6-0 and give the Rebels a 2-1 lead.
Eric Claesson gave the Rebels a 3-1 when he defeated freshman Bobby Cameron 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Erling Tveit clinched the match for Ole Miss with his win over UT freshman Morgan Wilson 6-3, 7-6.
Kaden Hensel and Oosthuizen were UT's lone singles winners. Hensel defeated Fredrik Aarum when Aarum retired in the third set with Hensel leading 6-4, 2-6, 1-0. Oosthuizen came from behind to defeat Jakob Klaeson 6-7, 7-6, (10-7) in a third-set supertiebreaker.
The loss ends UT's five match win streak. The Vols are now 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. All three losses are to teams currently ranked in the top-10. Ole Miss is now 15-1 and 5-0 in the SEC.
The Vols will look to rebound Sunday versus No. 15 Mississippi State. Mississippi State defeated No. 7 Georgia Friday night 4-3 to improve to 5-0 in the SEC. Sunday is Senior Day for the Vols. Mark Dietrich is UT's lone senior on this year's squad and he will be honored at the match.
No. 6 Ole Miss 4 No. 21 Tennessee 3
1. No. 3 Catalin Gard (UM) def. No. 53 Mark Dietrich (UT) 7-5, 6-0
2. Eric Claesson (UM) def. Bobby Cameron (UT) 7-5, 6-3
3. Erling Tveit (UM) def. Morgan Wilson (UT) 6-3, 7-6
4. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Jakob Klaeson (UM) 6-7, 7-6, (10-7)
5. Juan Pablo(UM) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Kaden Hensel (UT) def. Fredrik Aarum(UM) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0, ret.
Order of Finish: 5,1,2,3*,6,4
1. No. 7 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. No. 57 Claesson/Gard (UM) 9-8
2. Aarum/Tveit (UM) def. Dietrich/Wilson (UT) 8-6
3. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Berge/Klaeson (UM) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,2,1