Jan. 25, 2007
The Tennessee men's tennis team begins its dual-match season Friday when it hosts Memphis and UT-Chattanooga in a doubleheader at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
"We are looking to get off to a good start Friday," men's head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Memphis always comes and competes hard, and they always have a good team. UT-Chattanooga is coached by a former Vol Carlos Garcia (1984-86) and you know he will have his team ready to come in and knock off his former team."
The Vols match against Memphis is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. UT has won all eight previous meetings with the Tigers. Last season, the Vols knocked off Memphis 4-2 behind strong play from Bobby Cameron and Adam Hubble.
Tennessee and UT-Chattanooga are scheduled to take the court at 7 p.m. The Vols have won 10 of the 11 all-time meetings between the two schools. The Mocs defeated Tennessee Tech 7-0 on Sunday in its first match of the season.
Garcia, the Mocs' coach lettered at Tennessee from 1984-86. He also served as an assistant coach for UT from 1994-99.
Tennessee is led into its season-opener by juniors Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel. Cameron, ranked 24th in singles and Hensel, ranked 35th, both advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Coaches' Indoor Championships last weekend. The duo also comprises Tennessee's top-ranked doubles team. Cameron and Hensel are ranked fifth in doubles.
Friday also marks the debut of new head coach Sam Winterbotham. Winterbotham was the head coach at Colorado from 2003-06 and was named Tennessee head coach in October after Chris Mahony left to pursue a career in Australia.
All matches at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center are free to the public. Live stats can be found at UTsports.com