May 24, 2007
Tennessee men's tennis players Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers defeated Michigan's Brian Hung and Matko Maravic 7-6, 6-2 Thursday evening to advance to the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga.
The Volunteer duo won their 23rd match of the season and sixth over a ranked opponent with the defeat of the 10th-ranked Michigan tandem. Hubble and Rogers face the nation's top-ranked doubles team of Luis Flores and John Isner from Georgia in the second round on Friday afternoon. Flores and Isner have a 34-2 record this season but one of those losses was last month to UT's Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel.
"It was a great doubles match between two very good teams," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Ben and Adam are very determined to have a good tournament to finish off a great year. We're looking forward to playing the nation's top-ranked team in Isner and Flores tomorrow and I think if we have a good shot if we play like we did today."
The win in the first round marked Roger's first victory in the NCAA doubles championships. The Kingsport, Tenn., native is one of the best doubles players in UT tennis history but in his previous two appearances at the NCAA championships Rogers had been unable to advance out of the first round. Thursday also marked the first time since 2004 that a UT doubles team advanced out of the first round of the championships. Simon Rea and Damien Spizzo were the last UT duo to win its first round match.
NCAA Doubles Championships May 24, 2007
No. 29 Hubble/Rogers (UT) def. No. 10 Hung/Maravic (UM) 7-6, 6-2