April 8, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team dropped a tough match to Vanderbilt 4-3 Friday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center. The loss drops the Vols to 10-6 (5-4 in the SEC).
"Today was a great college tennis match, which unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of," acting head coach Chris Mahony said. "We dug ourselves into an early hole with the doubles point but battled back in the singles with Ockie (Oosthuizen) and Morgan (Wilson) doing a great job to win their matches. Bobby (Cameron) and Kaden (Hensel) both fought as hard as they could, Bobby was able to pull out the win at No. 2 but unfortunately Kaden came up a few points short."
For only the second time in nine SEC matches this season, Tennessee lost the doubles point. Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers, ranked No. 6 in the most recent ITA rankings dropped their match at No. 1 doubles to Vanderbilt's Scott Brown and Jason Pinsky 8-4. UT's Mark Dietrich and Morgan Wilson disposed of Andy Mach and Nathan Sachs 8-4 meaning the very important doubles point would go to the winner at No. 3 doubles. Freshmen Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel, who went into the match with a 6-2 doubles record in the SEC, could not capture their seventh win as Evan Dufaux and Ryan Preston defeated the Vols' duo 9-7.
Oosthuizen, possibly fired up from a rare doubles loss, quickly defeated Matt Lockin at No. 3 singles 7-5, 6-2 to even the match at one. Brown gave the Commodores the lead back with his straight sets win over Dietrich 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. But Tennessee quickly tied the score at two as Morgan Wilson won his first SEC match of his career with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sachs at No. 4 singles.
Preston gave the Commodores (12-8, 3-6 SEC) the lead 3-2 with his win at No. 5 singles over Kiril Tcherveniachki 6-2, 7-5. But once again the Volunteers would tie the match as Cameron battled back from a one-set deficit to defeat Vanderbilt's Jason Pinsky 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 at No. 2 singles.
The match came down to the No. 6 singles match, UT's Hensel versus Vanderbilt's Evan Dufaux. Hensel, after dropping the first set, came back to win the second set and force a third set but could not finish the comeback as he lost the third set.
Tennessee travels to Lexington, Ky. for their next match a 1 p.m. battle versus Kentucky. Kentucky also will be looking to rebound as they lost to Georgia Friday afternoon 4-3 to drop to 16-7, 5-4 in the SEC. Live stats for the match will be available at UTsports.com.
No. 54 Vanderbilt 4 No. 25 Tennessee 3
1. No. 45 Scott Brown (VU) def. No. 54 Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Jason Pinsky (VU) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
3. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Matt Lockin (VU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Morgan Wilson (UT) def. Nathan Sachs (VU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Ryan Preston (VU) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-2, 7-5
6. Evan Dufaux (VU) def. Kaden Hensel (UT) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,1,4,5,2,6*
1. No. 26 Brown/Pinsky (VU) def. No. 7 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) 8-4
2. Dietrich/Wilson (UT) def. Mack/Sachs (VU) 8-4
3. Dufaux/Preston (VU) def. Cameron/Hensel (UT) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1,2,3