Oct. 16, 2004
Tennessee men's tennis player Ockie Oosthuizen won once Friday as the Vols struggled on the first day of the main draw at the ITA Regional Indoor Championships.
Oosthuizen defeated Daniel Quiceno of Troy for his first singles victory of the season. The UT sophomore won the first set but dropped the second set, he then battled back to capture the third set and the match. Oosthuizen faces Georgia's Matic Omerzel Saturday in the round of 32 at 9 a.m.
Unfortunately for the Vols Oosthuizen's victory was UT's lone conquest of the day. Four Vols dropped their first round matches. David Baxendine and Ben Rogers both lost three-set heartbreakers to SEC rivals. Baxendine fell to Vanderbilt's Jason Pinsky 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 while Rogers lost to Jordan Dolberg of Florida 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Rawl Martin also lost to an SEC opponent, LSU's Colt Gaston 6-3, 6-2. Kiril Tcherveniachki dropped his first round match to MTSU"s Kai Schledorn 7-6, 6-3.
The Vols could not fare any better in the doubles competition as two of their duos lost their first round matches. Baxendine and Tcherveniachki lost to Kentucky's Alex Hume and Jesse Witten 8-4. Martin and Johnny Thornton lost to Haris Huremovic and Olivier Nussbaum of Southeastern Louisiana 8-6.
The Vols do have one team left in doubles. Oosthuizen and Rogers received a bye to the second round and did not play on Friday. The UT sophomores start their tournament Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Auburn's Brett Hunter and Nick Lane.
ITA Regional Indoor Championships- Fri., Oct. 15
Main Draw - Singles - First Round
Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Daniel Quiceno (Troy) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
Jordan Dolberg (UF) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Colt Gaston (LSU) def. Rawl Martin (UT) 6-3, 6-2
Jason Pinsky (VU) def. David Baxendine (UT) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
Kai Schledorn (MTSU) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 7-6, 6-3
Main Draw - Doubles - First Round
Hume/Witten (UK) def. Baxendine/Tcherveniachki (UT) 8-4
Huremovic/Nussbaum (SLU) def. Martin/Thornton (UT) 8-6