April 3, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team could not stop the only undefeated team left in the Southeastern Conference Sunday as the Florida Gators swept the singles competition to win 6-1.
"We lost to a good team with a lot of confidence today," acting Tennessee head coach Chris Mahony said. "Our young guys will deal better with SEC road matches next weekend, and I'm looking for us to compete much better than we did today."
After losing the doubles point for the first time in SEC play Friday at South Carolina, the Vols bounced back Sunday to capture the point against the Gators. Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers showed no ill effects from their first lost in 11 matches by defeating Florida's No. 1 duo of Hamid Mirzadeh and Greg Oullette, which is ranked No. 12 in the ITA, 8-4. Matt Berry, making his first appearance in the UT lineup since March 6, teamed up with Mark Dietrich to clinch the doubles point for UT with a hard-fought 9-8 win over the Gators' Nestor Briceno and Stefan Tell. Berry and Dietrich were leading the match 7-3 before the Gator tandem made a terrific comeback to lead 8-7, but the Vol netters quickly tied the match up at eight and then won the tiebreaker to give the Vols the point.
But the Vols success was short-lived. The Gators (15-4, 8-0 SEC) lineup featured four different players ranked in the ITA singles rankings and Florida proved why -- winning all six singles matches. Dietrich fell at No. 1 singles to Mirzadeh, ranked No. 58, 6-3, 7-5. Oullette, the highest ranked Gator at No. 32, defeated Bobby Cameron 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Vladimir Obradovic, ranked No. 89, dropped Oosthuizen 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Chris Brandi, ranked No. 71, defeated Kaden Hensel 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Briceno came back from trailing UT's Kiril Tcherveniachki 5-1 in the first set to defeat the UT sophomore 7-6, 6-3. Ryan Sherry clinched the win for Florida with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Berry at No. 6 singles.
UT (10-5, 5-3 SEC) is back on the road next weekend when it travels to Nashville Friday to face No. 52 Vanderbilt. The Vols then visit Lexington, Ky., Sunday to face No. 18 Kentucky.
No. 9 Florida 6 No. 17 Tennessee 1
1. No. 58 Hamid Mirzadeh (UF) def. No. 53 Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-3, 7-5
2. No. 32 Greg Oullette (UF) def. Bobby Cameron (UT) 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 89 Vladimir Obradovic (UF) def. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) 6-3, 6-2
4. Nestor Briceno (UF) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 7-6, 6-3
5. No. 71 Chris Brandi (UF) def. Kaden Hensel (UT) 6-4, 6-3
6. Ryan Sherry (UF) def. Matt Berry (UT) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,3,1,6*,5,4
1. No. 7 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. No. 12 Mirzadeh/Oullette (UF) 8-4
2. Brandi/Obradovic (UF) def. Cameron/Hensel (UT) 8-6
3. Berry/Dietrich (UT) def. Briceno/Tell (UF) 9-8
Order of Finish: 1,2,3