Nov. 5, 2004
The Tennessee men's tennis team won six singles matches and two doubles matches on the first day of the UNLV Fall Classic.
"It was a great experience for our guys to play in different conditions like we face out here in Las Vegas," UT associate head coach Chris Mahony said. "We look for the guys to improve their play as the tournament moves forward."
The Vols saw Kiril Tcherveniachki and Matt Berry both claim victories Friday morning in their respective heats. Tcherveniachki defeated Fresno State's Charles Irie 6-4, 6-2 in Flight one. Berry needed three sets to defeat Colby Jager of Portland 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 in Flight two.
The rest of the men's tennis team wasn't as successful as Berry and Tcherveniachki in the first round but in the consolation round the Vols came to life with four players getting a victory. David Baxendine, Rawl Martin, Ockie Oosthuizen, and Johnny Thornton all won to end their days with one win and one loss. Oosthuizen and Thornton both needed third sets to defeat their opponents.
In doubles action Ben Rogers and Oosthuizen continued their winning ways with a 9-8 victory over Fresno State's Charles Irie and Sergiu Mordoc. Oosthuizen and Rogers have now won 14 doubles matches during the fall season. Martin and Thornton combined for UT's other doubles victory with a defeat of Fresno State's Sam Tadevosian and Sam Gibbs 9-8.
UNLV Men's Tennis Fall Classic -Fri., Nov.5
Flight One - Singles - First Round
Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) def. Charles Irie (FS) 6-4, 6-2
Joel Kielbowicz (UNLV) def. #99 Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) 6-2, 6-2
Evan Zeder (ILL) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-1, 6-3
Flight Two - Singles - First Round
Matt Berry (UT) def. Colby Jager (UP) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
Andy Sinn (FS) def. Johnny Thornton (UT) 6-4, 7-6
Sergiu Modoc (FS) def. David Baxendine (UT) 6-2, 6-1
Ryan Scott (UU) def. Rawl Martin (UT) 6-1, 6-1
Flight One - Singles - Second Round
Ruben Gonzales (ILL) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-3, 6-2
Flight Two - Singles - Second Round
Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) def. Matt Berry (UT) 6-3, 6-1
Singles - Consolation
David Baxendine (UT) def. Scott Kennel (UP) 6-2, 6-2
Rawl Martin (UT) def. Milos Blagojevic (UNLV) 6-2, 7-6
#99 Ockie Oosthuizen (UT) def. Miron Mann (UU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
Johnny Thornton (UT) def. Timothy Chang (UP) 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5)
Alex Strom (UP) def. Ben Rogers (UT) 6-1, 7-6
Doubles - First Round
Oosthuizen/Rogers (UT) def. Modoc/Irie (FS) 9-8
Martin/Thornton (UT) def. Tadevosian/Gibbs (FS) 9-8