April 10, 2009
The fourth-ranked Tennessee men's tennis never got going against 14th-ranked Kentucky Friday night falling to the Wildcats for the second time this season, 4-3 at UK's Boone Tennis Complex.
"I'm very proud of the direction the program is headed but I'm incredibly disappointed in our teams' performance tonight," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "We'll learn from today. This is what happens when you let a team come into your home and beat you (Kentucky defeated UT 4-2 in Knoxville Feb. 21). If they beat you on the road then they feel very confident they can beat you at home. You have to give credit to Kentucky. They deserved to win both times. We just have to get better."
The Vols (18-4, 7-2 SEC) played without junior Davey Sandgren Friday and his absence was especially noticeable in doubles. Sandgren normally teams up with John-Patrick Smith to form the nation's seventh-ranked doubles tandem and play at the No. 1 spot for UT. With Sandgren's unable to play, UT moved its number two doubles team up to No. 1 and played combinations at No. 2 and 3 doubles that had little experience playing with each other. The Wildcats capitalized on UT's misfortune to take a 1-0 lead with victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Graeme Dyce and Eric Quigley teamed up to defeat Matt Brewer and Smith at the No. 2 position, 8-5. Kentucky clinched the point when Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Musialek defeated Christian Hansen and Bryan Swartz with an 8-3 victory at the No. 3 position. Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago prevented a Wildcat sweep by defeating the 19th-ranked duo of Bruno Agostinelli and Brad Cox, 7-6 at No. 1.
Kentucky (15-8, 5-4 SEC) jumped on the Vols in singles by winning the first set in three of the first four singles matches played. The match was moved inside due to thunderstorms in the Lexington area and UK's indoor complex only has four singles courts.
The Wildcats went up 2-0 when Musialek defeated Brewer, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 position.
Kentucky extended its lead to 3-0 when Quigley defeated Fago at the No. 3 position. The loss is Fago's first this season in dual-match play after winning his first 16 singles matches to start the season. The loss is also the first defeat of Fago's career in SEC regular season dual-match play. The Italy native was 17-0 coming into tonight's match in the SEC regular season.
Conkic put the Vols on the board with a straight-set win over Cox at the No. 2 position, 6-0, 7-6. The win improves Conkic's record this season to 16-2, 7-1 in the SEC.
Kentucky clinched the match when Agostinelli defeated Smith at the No. 1 position in a showdown between two of the nation's top-10 netters. The fifth-ranked Agostinelli also clinched Kentucky's win earlier this season over UT with a three-set come-from-behind win over Smith. UT's ninth-ranked netter is now 13-5 this season in dual-match play.
The Vols claimed the final two points of the match to close the final margin to 4-3. Gonzalez was ahead of Williams 5-0 in the first set but retired at that point to give Williams the win and Tennessee the point.
Hansen closed the match with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Dyce at the No. 5 position. UT's lone freshman in the singles lineup is now 6-1 in SEC play.
The Vols return to action Sunday against Vanderbilt (5-14, 1-8 SEC) at 2 p.m. A link to live scoring can be found at UTsports.com.
|No. 14 Kentucky 4, No. 4 Tennessee 3|
|1. No. 5 Bruno Agostinelli (UK) def. No. 9 John-Patrick Smith (UT)||6-4, 6-3*|
|2. No. 33 Boris Conkic (UT) def. Brad Cox (UK)||6-0, 7-6(3)|
|3. Eric Quigley (UK) def. Matteo Fago (UT)||6-2, 6-4|
|4. Alex Musialek (UK) def. Matt Brewer (UT)||6-1, 6-1|
|5. Christian Hansen (UT) led Graeme Dyce (UK)||6-1, 7-6(3)|
|6. Christopher Williams (UT) def. Alberto Gonzalez (UK)||0-5, ret.|
|Order of Finish: 4,3,2,1*,6,5|
|1. Conkic/Fago (UT) def. No. 19 Agostinelli/Cox (UK)||7-6(5)|
|2. Dyce/Quigley (UK) def. Brewer/Smith (UT)||8-5|
|3. Gonzalez/Musialek (UK) def. Hansen/Swartz (UT)||8-3|
|Order of Finish: 2,3,1|