April 2, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's tennis team could not overcome a 90 minute rain delay and Kentucky Sunday, as they fell to the Wildcats 5-2 at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
"Kentucky was too strong for us in singles today," head coach Chris Mahony said. "I thought my guys fought hard but simply didn't get the job done. I don't think it was in our favor to play both matches indoors this weekend, the weather was unfortunate, but we still have to find a way to win."
The Vols captured the doubles point Sunday for the first time since playing against South Carolina five matches ago. UT's No. 1 duo of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers dominated Kentucky's Nate Emge and Alex Hume winning 8-1. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel clinched the point for Tennessee defeating Bruno Agostinelli and Kenny Hodge 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
Agostinelli clinched the match for Kentucky with a come-from-behind victory over Cameron at the No. 1 singles. Agostinelli, ranked 54th nationally, defeated Cameron 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to hand Cameron his second consecutive home loss after the UT sophomore had won his first six home matches of the season.
Kentucky's seniors were too much for the young Volunteers in the other singles matches. The Wildcat's No. 2,3 and 4 singles players are all seniors and all three won in straight-sets on Sunday.
Carey Rubin tied the match for Kentucky defeating Kiril Tcherveniachki 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 4 slot. Emge, ranked 87th nationally, gave the Wildcats the lead for good defeating David Baxendine 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 3 position. Hume, ranked 46th nationally, extended Kentucky's led to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hensel at No. 2 singles.
Freshman Derek Stephens had UT's only singles victory defeating Greg Anderson in the first set 7-6 and then Anderson retired giving the match to Stephens.
Marcus Sundh defeated Rogers 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.
Tennessee is in action next weekend when it travels to the Magnolia state to face Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Last season, Tennessee went 2-1 against the two schools, defeating Mississippi State in their only meeting and splitting the series with Ole Miss. Live results of both matches can be found at UTsports.com.
|No. 20 Kentucky 5, No. 42 Tennessee 2|
|1. No. 54 Bruno Agostinelli (UK) def. No. 99 Bobby Cameron (UT)||3-6, 6-3, 7-6|
|2. No. 46 Alex Hume (UK) def. Kaden Hensel (UT)||6-4, 6-3|
|3. No. 87 Nate Emge (UK) def. David Baxendine (UT)||6-4, 6-4|
|4. Carey Rubin (UK) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT)||6-3, 6-2|
|5. Marcus Sundh (UK) def. Ben Rogers (UT)||6-1, 6-2|
|6. Derek Stephens (UT) def. Greg Anderson (UK)||7-6, ret.|
|Order of Finish: 4,3,2,1,5,6|
|1. No. 24 Adam Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. Emge/Hume (UK)||8-1|
|2. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Agostinelli/Kenny Hodge (UK)||8-4|
|3. Stephens/Johnny Thornton (UT) tied Shane Collins/Sundh (UK)||7-7|
|Order of Finish: 1,2|