April 17, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The No. 8-ranked Tennessee tennis team defeated visiting Murray State 6-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Vols will now begin to prepare for the SEC tournament, which begins Thursday in Knoxville.
The Racers (15-7) gave the Vols (16-5) all they could handle in the doubles segment, capturing one win and forcing the clinching match into a tiebreak. Murray State's No. 38-ranked duo of Nikola Aracic and Freddy Sundstein captured the only doubles win for the Racers in the No. 1 match 8-6 over Tennessee's No. 20-ranked pair of Simon Rea and Mario Toledo. Tennessee then countered with a win at No. 3, when the freshman tandem of Mark Henderson and Jake Olsen defeated the Racer's Mike Schmidbauer and Zakaria Bahri. The Vols then clinched the point with a 9-8 tiebreaker win by Andy Crews and Mark Dietrich in the No. 2 match.
The Vols went on to capture five of the six singles matches to reach the final 6-1 tally. Tennessee's Peter Handoyo raised his season record to 20-2 with his victory at No. 1. Freshmen Henderson and Olsen were also victorious in the No. 5 and 6 matches, respectively, with Olsen capturing his first ever clinching point for the Vols. Dietrich and Carey then closed the scoring for the Vols, with wins in the No. 2 and 3 matches, respectively. Hoyem was the lone singles winner for the Racers, when he defeated Rea in the No. 4 match.
The Vols will be back in action Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinal round, when they take on the winner of the Florida-Vanderbilt match at 5 p.m. at the Varsity tennis Center on the UT campus. The Vols (16-5, 7-4 SEC) are the fourth-seed for the SEC tournament.
#8 Tennessee 6, Murray State 1
|1) (9) Peter Handoyo (UT) def. Nikola Aracic (MSU) 6-4, 6-2|
|2) (99) Mark Dietrich (UT) def. Freddy Sundstein (MSU) 6-3, 7-6(5)|
|3) Adam Carey (UT) def. Thiago Gondim (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1|
|4) Alex Hoyem (MSU) def. Simon Rea (UT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3|
|5) Mark Henderson (UT) def. Zakaria Bahri (MSU) 6-0, 6-1|
|6) Jake Olsen (UT) def. Mike Schmidbauer (MSU) 6-1, 6-4*|
|1) (38) Aracic/Sundstein (MSU) def. (20) Rea/Toledo (UT) 8-6|
|2) Crews/Dietrich (UT) def. Hoyem/Gondim (MSU) 9-8(5)*|
|3) Olsen/Henderson (UT) def. Schmidbauer/Bahri (MSU) 8-3|
Tennessee senior Peter Handoyo was named SEC player of the week for the second time this season Tuesday, by the SEC office. Handoyo, who led the Vols to a win over top-ranked Georgia last week, was also named player of the week Feb. 26-March 3.
Handoyo won two matches last week against the Bulldogs, including the doubles clinching point, which gave the Vols an all important 1-0 lead in the match. He and partner Adam Carey defeated No. 33-ranked Adam Seri and Brandon Wagner in the No. 2 match and remained undefeated as a duo since pairing up a month ago. Handoyo then defeated No. 51-ranked Lesley Joseph in the No. 2 singles match to give the Vols a 2-0 lead.
Handoyo's record on the season now stands at 20-2 overall, 9-2 in the SEC and 10-2 against ranked players. He is also 15-5 in doubles play overall and 8-3 in SEC contests. His 137 singles victories rank as the third most in Vol tennis history. He is four wins shy of passing Shelby Cannon (1985-88) for second place.
"This is a well deserved
award for Pete (Handoyo)," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "He
is a great leader for our team on and off the court. This is just another great
accolade to add to an already stellar career for Pete at UT."