Oct. 30, 2004
On Friday it was some homegrown Tennesseans leading the UT men's tennis team. Saturday, the Vols showed how geographically diverse they were with two international players contributing big wins for the Vols at a very windy UT Fall Classic.
Ockie Oosthuizen (South Africa) and Kiril Tcherveniachki (New Zealand) both played well Saturday to score UT's only two singles victories of the day. Tcherveniachki outlasted Kentucky's Tigran Martirosyan 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 to claim a hard-earned victory. Oosthuizen breezed past Nate Emge of Kentucky 6-2, 6-2.
"It was pretty tough today with the wind the conditions were just pretty tough" Oosthuizen said. "I played a basic game and didn't go for too much and just tried to keep the ball in the court...it worked for me today."
Oosthuizen then teamed up with Ben Rogers for yet another doubles win. The UT sophomores defeated SEC counterpart Vanderbilt's Scott Brown and Matt Lockin 8-4. Oosthuizen and Rogers are now 13-2 during the fall.
"Another good win from Ockie and Ben," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "They are becoming one of the dominant teams in the country and could possibly have one of the best records, if not the best record in the fall in college tennis."
Rogers and Johnny Thornton both forced third sets in their singles matches but could not pull out a victory. Rogers played an especially tough match losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to Kentucky's Marcus Sundh. Thornton won the first set of his match in a tiebreaker but lost the next two sets to Matt Emery of Kentucky. Rawl Martin lost his singles match to Kentucky's Nolan Polley 7-5, 6-3.
UT Fall Classic - Sat., Oct. 30
No. 99 Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. No. 119 Nate Emge (UK) 6-2, 6-2
Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. No. 53 Tigran Martirosyan (UK) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4
Matt Emery (UK) def. Johnny Thornton (UT) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1
Nolan Polley (UK) def. Rawl Martin (UT) 7-5, 6-3
Marcus Sundh (UK) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. Brown/Lockin (VU) 8-4
Dufaux/Sachs (VU) def. Martin/Thornton (UT) 8-3