KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee men’s tennis team rallied after the doubles point Thursday for victories over Alabama and Charlotte at Barksdale Stadium.
Timo Stodder, Luis Valero and Srdjan Jakovljevic went a combined 6-0 in the top half of the singles lineup as the Vols (11-13, 2-9 SEC) defeated Alabama 4-2 and Charlotte 4-3 heading into Saturday’s regular-season finale at LSU.
Freshman Scott Jones provided the dramatic clinching victory against the Crimson Tide, coming from a break down in the third set to defeat Edson Ortiz 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“It was another great team effort, a great team fight,” Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. “We’re very proud that they continue to give everything they’ve got.”
INSIDE THE ALABAMA MATCH: Stodder was first off court in the afternoon match against Alabama. He was up 6-4, 5-1 when 27th-ranked Mazen Osama retired with injury. Seconds later, sophomore Srdjan Jakovljevic put Tennessee ahead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alexey Nesterov.
Alabama tied the match again at 2-2 when Spencer Richey defeated Luca Wiedenmann 6-4, 6-3 on court 6. From there, both teams needed to win two of the remaining three courts.
Valero brought the Vols within a point of clinching, rolling past No. 97 Thibault Cancel 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on court 2.
Jones, who dropped his opening set, trailed Ortiz early in the final set but broke to tie at 3-3. Serving at 4-4, he fought off two break points to go ahead 5-4 and capitalized on his second match point.
INSIDE THE CHARLOTTE MATCH: The Vols lost the doubles point but jumped out to win all six first sets of singles. Stodder, Valero, Jakovljevic and freshman Luca Wiedenmann logged straight-set victories to clinch the match at 4-1.
Charlotte (10-12) eventually made the score 4-3 by winning a pair of 10-point tiebreakers on courts 4 and 6.
Tennessee 4, Alabama 2
1. #35 Timo Stodder (TENN) def. #27 Mazen Osama (UA) 6-4, 5-1, retired
2. Luis Valero (TENN) def. Thibault Cancel (UA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (TENN) def. Alexey Nesterov (UA) 6-3, 6-1
4. Scott Jones (TENN) def. Edson Ortiz (UA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Jack Schipanski (TENN) vs. Zhe Zhou (UA) 6-4, 0-6, 2-5, unfinished
6. Spencer Richey (UA) def. Luca Wiedenmann (TENN) 6-4, 6-3
1. #14 Mazen Osama/Spencer Richey (UA) def. #71 Luis Valero/Timo Stodder (TENN) 6-4
2. Scott Jones/Jack Schipanski (TENN) vs. Thibault Cancel/Alexey Nesterov (UA) 3-4, unfinished
3. Edson Ortiz/Zhe Zhou (UA) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic/Sunay Bhat (TENN) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,3,6,2,4)
Tennessee 4, Charlotte 3
1. #35 Timo Stodder (TENN) def. Sam Rice (CHA) 6-2, 6-3
2. Luis Valero (TENN) def. C. Christoforou (CHA) 6-3, 6-4
3. Srdjan Jakovljevic (TENN) def. A. Garcia Moreno (CHA) 6-1, 6-4
4. Oriol Puig Forne (CHA) def. Scott Jones (TENN) 3-6, 7-5, [11-9]
5. Luca Wiedenmann (TENN) def. Jensen Martin (CHA) 6-1, 6-2
6. Josh Aubrey (CHA) def. Sunay Bhat (TENN) 3-6, 6-2, [12-10]
1. Oriol Puig Forne/Noak Milliken (CHA) def. #71 Timo Stodder/Luis Valero (TENN) 7-5
2. Sunay Bhat/Srdjan Jakovljevic (TENN) vs. Josh Aubrey/C. Christoforou (CHA) 5-5, unfinished
3. Sam Rice/Carl Solik (CHA) def. Scott Jones/Luca Wiedenmann (TENN) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,6,4)