March 27, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team defeated previously SEC unbeaten Mississippi State 4-3 Sunday in its final regular season home appearance of the 2005 season.
"That was a great hard fought win by our team today against a tough and red-hot Mississippi State squad," men's acting head coach Chris Mahony said. "We competed and composed ourselves much better today than we did Friday night. I'm proud of the boys for rebounding the way they did."
Senior Mark Dietrich in his final home appearance for the Big Orange made sure it was a good one. Dietrich started his day by teaming up with freshman Morgan Wilson to give UT its first doubles victory. Dietrich and Wilson defeated Philippe Frayssinoux and Florent Girod 8-5 to start the Vols sweep in doubles. Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers clinched the doubles point for UT with their win over the Bulldogs Luiz Carvalho and Jose-Carlos Pinto 8-5. Freshmen Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel completed the sweep with an 8-4 win over Ivan Bjelica and Pierre Mouillon
Dietrich won his singles match against MSU's Bjelica 6-4, 6-4 to stake the Vols to a 2-1 lead. Dietrich is 5-1 in the SEC this year at No. 1 singles.
"It was very fitting that we were led by Mark Dietrich on senior day," Mahony said. "He's doing a fantastic job this year of leading by example at No.1 singles."
After the Bulldogs tied the match at two, Cameron pushed the Vols ahead for the final time. Cameron dominated the second set of his match against Carvalho to win 7-5, 6-1.
Oosthuizen put the finishing touches on the Vols victory by outlasting Pinto 6-3, 7-6. The South African native was center of attention as the whole UT crowd got behind him and rooted him on to victory in his second set tiebreaker.
The Bulldogs were paced by Philippe Frayssinoux, Pierre Mouillon and Florent Girod who all scored singles victories. Mississippi State is now 10-4 on the season and 5-1 in the SEC.
The Vols (10-3, 5-1 SEC) travel to Columbia, South Carolina for their next SEC match against South Carolina. USC is 14-5 this season and 3-2 in the SEC.
"Starting tomorrow our focus moves to a South Carolina team that has had a great start to the SEC season." Mahony said.
No. 21 Tennessee 4 No. 15 Mississippi State 3
1. No. 53 Mark Dietrich (UT) def. Ivan Bjelica (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Luiz Carvalho (MSU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Philippe Frayssinoux (MSU) def. Morgan Wilson (UT) 6-3, 6-2
4. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Jose-Carlos Pinto (MSU) 6-3, 7-6
5. Pierre Mouillon (MSU) def. Kaden Hensel (UT) 6-4, 6-4
6. Florent Girod (MSU) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Order of Finish: 3,1,5,2,4*,6
1. No. 7 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. No. 22 Carvalho/Pinto (MSU) 8-4
2. Dietrich/Wilson (UT) def. Girod/Frayssinoux (MSU) 8-5
3. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Bjelica/Mouillon (MSU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,1,3