Oct. 12, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University of Tennessee men's tennis team was feeling a little under the weather at the Georgia Tech Fall Classic Saturday. The Vols were forced to default matches for the second consecutive day, surrendering two contests without a fight. Freshman Rawl Martin's winning streak was also brought ended when he fell in the quarterfinal round.
Martin's quarterfinal round opponent was Georgia Tech freshman Marko Rajevac. A native of Yugoslavia, Rajevac had the good fortune of playing in front of the Yellowjacket faithful. He took full advantage, defeating Martin by a score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
After defaulting his first round match in the "A" singles draw Friday due to a nasty case of food poisoning, Mark Henderson once again failed to take to the court on Saturday. The Australian native defaulted his consolation match as well, apparently still feeling nauseous.
Henderson's malady must have made its way through the Vols' hotel, as Vincent Perna also defaulted a match Saturday. Winthrop's Gary Kilduff was thus granted a walkover into the "B" singles consolation quarterfinals.
Refusing to be held without a victory on the day, the Vols captured a win in the "B" doubles flight when Perna and Martin overtook the Georgia State team of Miha Lisac and Nicolas Lupica 9-7. The Tennessee freshmen then lost in the following round to the Georgia Tech tandem of Trevor McLeod and Scott Schnugg 8-3.
Adding insult to injury for Tennessee, head coach Michael Fancutt was unsuccessful in his attempt to avoid the bug that plagued his team all weekend. By the time the Vols departed for the trip back to Knoxville, he was battling an illness himself.