May 21, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team fell to UCLA 4-1 Saturday at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas to end its season 16-9.
"We lost to a great team today," acting head coach Chris Mahony said. "I was disappointed to lose the doubles point because I thought it was a turning point in the match. Morgan (Wilson) and Mark (Dietrich) played very well at No.2 and we had break opportunities at one and three but couldn't convert them. In singles, UCLA did a good job of jumping on us at a few spots and we could never recover."
Morgan Wilson continued his strong play in the NCAA tournament Saturday by providing Tennessee with its only point of the match. The Brisbane, Australia native defeated Chris Lam 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 4 singles position to win his third straight match in the NCAA tournament. Wilson teamed up with senior Mark Dietrich to give UT its only doubles victory. The UT duo defeated No. 58 Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Kohlloeffel 8-6 at the No. 2 slot. Wilson and Dietrich end the season on a nine match win streak and 13-3 overall.
The Bruins won the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and 3 positions. Lam and Luben Pampoulov defeated UT freshmen Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel 8-4 for the Bruins first victory. Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta, ranked 19th in doubles were able to outlast Tennessee sophomores Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers 8-5 to clinch the doubles point.
Pampoulov, ranked seventh in singles, gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Dietrich at No. 1 singles. Kohlloeffel, ranked 11th in singles quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Tennessee's Cameron to give UCLA a 3-0 lead.
UCLA's Gruendler clinched the match for the Bruins with his win at court six over Hensel 6-3, 6-4.
Oosthuizen won the first set at the No. 3 slot 6-0 over UCLA's Kris Kwinta but dropped the second set. The match was in the third set when UCLA clinched the match. Kiril Tcherveniachki was in the second set of his match with Francis when their match was suspended also.
Saturday was the last team match for Dietrich. The Memphis native is the only senior on this year's Tennessee squad. Dietrich, ranked No. 54 in singles, played at the No. 1 slot in all but one match this season for UT. Dietrich will participate in the singles championship also in College Station, which is scheduled to begin May 25 the day after the team championships end. Oosthuizen and Rogers will participate in the doubles draw and have garnered a 5-8 seed based on their regular season performance.
No. 6 UCLA 4 No. 14 Tennessee 1
1. No. 7 Luben Pampoulov (UCLA) def. No. 54 Mark Dietrich (UT) 6-2, 6-0
2. No. 11 Benjamin Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Bobby Cameron (UT) 6-2, 6-1
3. No. 60 Kris Kwinta (UCLA) led Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) 0-6, 6-1, 2-1, susp.
4. Morgan Wilson (UT) def. Chris Lam (UCLA) 6-1, 6-4
5. No. 109 Alberto Francis (UCLA) led Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-2, 3-3, susp.
6. No. 85 Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. Kaden Hensel (UT) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,2,4,6*
1. No. 19 Francis/Kwinta (UCLA) def. No. 9 Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) 8-5
2. Dietrich/Wilson (UT) def. No. 58 Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) 8-6
3. Lam/Pampoulov (UCLA) def. Cameron/Hensel (UT) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3,1