March 31, 2002
OXFORD, Miss.-- The No. 13-ranked Tennessee tennis team fell in another close contest to No. 6-ranked Ole Miss 4-3 Sunday, in Oxford, Miss. For the Vols (12-5, 5-3 SEC), the contest which came down to the final pairing was their third 4-3 loss in conference play this season.
Ole Miss (13-4, 6-3 SEC) began the match by taking the first doubles point from the Vols in five matches. The Rebel duo of Alex Hartman and Claes Lindholm started the scoring effort, with an 8-2 win at No. 3. The Vols came back and evened the segment at one, when Adam Carey and Peter Handoyo continued their undefeated season in an 8-4 win at No. 2. The Ole Miss tandem of Martin Selin and Kristofer Stahlberg then clinched the tally for the Rebels, with an 8-4 upset victory over Tennessee's No. 23-ranked duo of Simon Rea and Mario Toledo at No. 1.
The Rebels would go up 3-0 quickly in the singles segment, when Selin and Lindholm won easily at the No. 4 and 6 positions, respectively Tennessee would fight back however, with wins in the next three matches to even the score at three. No. 8-ranked Peter Handoyo got the Vols on the board first, with an impressive win over No. 25-ranked Hartman at No.1. Sophomore Simon Rea and senior Mario Toledo provided the Vols' final two points, with three-set wins in the No. 2 and 5 matches, respectively. Toledo's win over No. 43-ranked Stahlberg was his 19th win in his last 21 matches. The match came down to Tennessee's Adam Carey against Ole Miss' Catalin Gard in the No. 3 match. The pair split the first two sets, before Gard finished the Vols off, with a 6-2 third-set triumph.
The Vols will finally be back at home this weekend, after playing their last eight matches on the road. No. 9-ranked Florida comes to Knoxville Friday, with a start time of 4.pm. The Vols will then take on No. 27 South Carolina Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Varsity Tennis Center on the UT campus and admission will be free.
|#6 Ole Miss 4, #13 Tennessee 3|
|#1 (8) Peter Handoyo (UT) def. (25) Alex Hartman (OM) 6-4, 6-2|
|#2 (16) Mario Toledo (UT) def.(43) Kristofer Stahlberg (OM) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3|
|#3 Catalin Gard (OM) def.(102) Adam Carey (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2*|
|#4 Martin Selin (OM) def. (91) Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-0, 6-1|
|#5 Simon Rea (UT) def. Paul Ciorascu (OM)3-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|#6 Claes Lindholm (OM) def. Wade Orr (UT) 6-1, 6-2|
|#1 Stahlberg-Selin (OM) def. (23) Toledo-Rea (UT) 8-4*|
|#2 Handoyo-Carey (UT) def. Gard-Ciorascu (OM) 8-4|
|#3 Hartman-Lindholm (OM) def. Mark Henderson-Dietrich(UT) 8-2|