Vol Singles Finish Strong at adidas Invitational

Sept. 29, 2002

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The University of Tennessee men's tennis team went out on a winning note in the final rounds of the adidas Invitational Sunday. Two Vols emerged as consolation champions, with Simon Rea taking the title in the "A" flight consolation bracket and Mark Henderson following suit in the "B" flight.

Tennessee's play improved as the weekend progressed, which pleased Vol Associate Head Coach Chris Mahony.

"I was happy with the way singles ended, especially the way Simon (Rea) and (Mark) Henderson won the consolation brackets," Mahony said. "I think it's a good thing to finish a tournament stronger than you start it, and those two did that."

In the consolation semis, Rea toppled TCU's Alex Menichini 6-4, 6-2. Then he easily defeated Arizona State's Pim Van Mele 6-3, 6-2 to stand alone atop the "A" flight consolation draw.

In the "B" flight consolation semifinals, sophomore Mark Henderson beat Arizona State junior Jonathan Scott 6-4, 6-2. Henderson then laid claim to the consolation championship by outlasting Duke's Stefan Rozycki 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

In other singles action, Mark Dietrich posted a 6-0, 7-6 loss to Van Mele in the "A" flight consolation semis, and freshman Rawl Martin dropped a hard fought match to Northwestern's Adam Schaechterle 6-7, 7-5, 10-8 (third set super tiebreaker).



The "A" flight's No. 1 seed, Duke's Michael Yani, who defeated Tennessee's Wade Orr in the quarterfinals, proceeded to run the table on his way to the event championship.

The Vols had a difficult time finding a win in the doubles draw, which was played out in pro sets. The freshmen tandem of Martin and Vincent Perna were defeated 9-8 by Jackie Jenkins and Chuck Perrin from Northwestern. Meanwhile, Henderson and Orr were 8-6 losers to another Northwestern team, comprised of Josh Axler and Schaechterle.

The bright spot in doubles for Tennessee was provided by Rea and Dietrich, who disposed of Duke's Ryan Heinberg and Peter Shults 8-6 before being beaten by another Blue Devil duo, Jonathan Stokke and Jason Zimmerman.

Overall, Mahony was optimistic about his players' performances with a big event on the horizon.

"(This event) should be a confidence builder going into the (Icy Hot/ITA) All-American Championships later this week, which is the biggest event on our fall schedule," Mahony said.

The Vols will begin play in the pre-qualifying rounds of the All-American Championships on Oct. 4 in Chattanooga. Vol netters Mark Dietrich and Wade Orr have already earned spots in the main draw, which will take place Oct. 10-13.



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