Oct. 5, 2004
Tennessee men's tennis players Ockie Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers remained unbeaten Tuesday at the Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships. Matt Berry could not keep his win streak alive though, as he fell for only the second time this year.
Oosthuizen and Rogers won their seventh straight match of the season and also defeated a ranked opponent for the fifth time this fall. In the round of 32, the Vols duo beat Washington's Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic 9-8. The Washington pair was ranked No. 30 in the preseason. The UT sophomores face Florida's Janne Holmia and Greg Oullette Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Gators are ranked No. 49, while the Vols are unranked.
"Ben and Ockie's confidence is growing," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "[Monday's match] was the sort of match you have to win to advance in the tournament."
Berry's 10-match singles win streak ended with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss to Florida State's Chris Westerhof. The winning streak was the longest by a Tennessee player since three-time All-America Peter Handoyo (1999-2002) won 12 straight singles matches in 2002. Berry will not have much time off, as he is scheduled to participate in the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, which begins Oct. 8.
"Matt Berry played very well in the first set (Monday)" Fancutt said. "His fitness let him down in the rest of the match, but he's played a lot of matches this week."
Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships-Tues., Oct. 5
Qualifying - Round of 64
Chris Westerhof (FSU) def. Matt Berry (UT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
Qualifying - Doubles - Round of 32
Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. Chu/Slovic (UW) 9-8