April 10, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday, with a 5-2 victory over 19th-ranked Kentucky 5-2 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex to end its three match losing streak and place Tennessee in a tie for third place in the SEC Eastern Division.
"Like Friday (loss to Vanderbilt) it was another great hard fought tennis match," acting head coach Chris Mahony said." And today we came out on top because we fought and competed better than we have all year. Today I thought all of our young players found out what it takes to compete on the road in the SEC. It was a whole team performance today as it usually is when you win because everybody has to contribute."
After letting the doubles point get away from them in Friday's loss to Vanderbilt, Tennessee took care of business Sunday. Freshmen Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel defeated Kentucky's Nolan Polley and Marcus Sundh 8-3 at No. 3 doubles and UT's Mark Dietrich and Morgan Wilson clinched the doubles point with a win at No. 2 doubles over Nate Emge and Alex Hume.
The Vols let the 1-0 lead slip away at the beginning of the singles competition. Kentucky's star Jesse Witten, making his final appearance for the Wildcats, defeated Dietrich 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Witten's senior classmate Tigran Martirosyan dropped Wilson 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4, to give Kentucky the lead 2-1.
Kentucky would win the first set in five of the six singles matches but the young Vols were not going to go down that easy. Hensel, the only Vol to win the first set of his match, evened the score at two with his 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carey Rubin at No. 6 singles.
UT sophomore Kiril Tcherveniachki after only winning one game in the first set, rebounded by blowing past Kentucky's Marcus Sundh in the next two sets to give Tennessee the lead for good.
Cameron who kept the Vols alive on Friday by coming back to win at No. 2 singles and evening the score at three, clinched the win for UT Sunday with yet another come-from-behind win. Cameron dropped the first set 7-5 but came back and won the second set and then in the third set destroyed Alex Hume to win going away 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
Ockie Oosthuizen put the finishing touches on Kentucky by defeating Nate Emge 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
The Vols travel to Georgia for their final regular season match Saturday. Tennessee is currently one game back of Georgia for second place in the SEC East. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET. Live stats for the match will be available at UTsports.com.
No. 25 Tennessee 5 No. 19 Kentucky 2
1. No. 4 Jesse Witten (UK) def. No. 54 Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-2, 6-1
2. Bobby Cameron (UT) def. Alex Hume (UK) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
3. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Nate Emge (UK) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Morgan Wilson (UT) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Marcus Sundh (UK) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. Kaden Hensel (UT) def. Carey Rubin (UK) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,4,6,5,2,3
1. No. 12 Martirosyan/Witten (UK) def. No. 6 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) 8-6
2. Dietrich/Wilson (UT) def. Emge/Hume (UK) 8-3
3. Cameron/Hensel (UT) def. Polley/Sundh (UK) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,2,1