May 26, 2005
Tennessee sophomores Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers dropped a three-set match to Harvard's Jonathan Chu and Ashwin Kumar 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Thursday in the round of 32 match-up at the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The Harvard tandem quickly took control of the first set winning going away 6-1. Oosthuizen and Rogers avoided defeat by bouncing back in the second set and capturing the set 6-3. Chu and Kumar broke the UT duo's serve early in the third set though and went on to win the set and clinch the victory.
Despite the defeat Oosthuizen and Rogers had a terrific 2004-05 season. The UT sophomores finished the season 29-12, with almost half of its victories (14) coming against ranked competition. In the fall, the Vol netters won nine straight matches and won the Southern Intercollegiate Doubles Championship. The tandems 29 victories put them in the Tennessee record books with the fourth most doubles victories in a season. Counting their eight victories in their freshmen season the duo now has 37 total career doubles victories, which ties them for fifth most in Tennessee's illustrious tennis history.
Oosthuizen and Rogers were ranked as high as No. 5 this season and received a 5-8 seed for the tournament. They are the first Tennessee doubles tandem to be seeded in the NCAA tournament since 1988 when Shelby Cannon and Byron Talbot also received a 5-8 seed.