Oct. 11, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. -- While some members of the University of Tennessee struggled at the All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend, another group of Vol netters tried their luck at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational at the Bill Moore Tennis Center Friday. Freshman Rawl Martin was particularly impressive, storming all the way to the quarterfinals of his draw.
Martin's first-round opponent in the "B" singles draw was Georgia State sophomore Chris Magnone. Martin convincingly won the first-set-tiebreaker on his way to a 7-6(1), 6-3 victory over Magnone. The young Vol then earned a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal round by routing Troy State freshman Andrew Waters 6-2, 6-2.
"It has been a good effort by Rawl to win his first two matches of the tournament," Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him gain more experience as he progresses in the event."
Vincent Perna, granted No. 1 seed status for the event's "B" draw rode a bye into the second round where he was defeated by Clemson's Ash Misquith 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3.
The lone Vol in the "A" singles draw, Mark Henderson was slated to face Troy State's Pablo Martinez in first round play. Unfortunately, a case of food poisoning forced him to default his match.