Oct. 29, 2004
Rogers fell into a 5-2 deficit in the first set of his singles match against MTSU's Greg Pollack but rallied to win the set in a tiebreaker 7-6. He carried his momentum to the second set winning 6-2 to capture the match. Thornton defeated MTSU's Marc Boiron 6-2, 7-6(3)
The other Vols could not duplicate the winning ways of Rogers and Thornton. Rawl Martin, Ockie Oosthuizen and Kiril Tcherveniachki all lost their singles matches. Oosthuizen dropped a heartbreaker to MTSU's Andreas Siljestrom 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(4). Oosthuizen was down 4-1 in the third set and rallied to force a tiebreaker but he could not complete the comeback.
Oosthuizen did manage to complete his comeback in doubles. Teaming with Rogers, the UT sophomores stormed back from a 7-4 deficit to defeat Kentucky's Nate Emge and Nolan Polley 9-8(3). Tcherveniachki and Thornton also participated in doubles but lost to Kentucky's Tigran Martirosyan and Marcus Sundh.
"It was a good come from behind win by Ockie and Ben in doubles to continue their winning ways and form." Fancutt said.
UT Fall Classic - Fri., Oct. 29
Ben Rogers (UT) def. Greg Pollack (MTSU) 7-6(3), 6-2
Johnny Thornton (UT) def. Marc Boiron (MTSU) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Brandon Allan (MTSU) def. Rawl Martin (UT) 6-4, 6-3
Marco Born (MTSU) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 7-6(2), 6-4
Andreas Siljestrom (MTSU) def. Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(4)
Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. Emge/Polley (UK) 9-8(3)
Martirosyan/Sundh (UK) def. Tcherveniachki/Thornton (UT) 8-2