Feb. 14, 2007
The Tennessee men's tennis team looks to end its two-match skid Thursday when it hosts 42nd-ranked ETSU at 5 p.m. in the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
The 33rd-ranked Vols (3-2) record is deceptive. UT's two losses are to second-ranked Ohio State and on the road and at seventh-ranked Illinois. Ohio State is the nation's only team to have all six positions in its singles lineup filled with ranked players. Illinois is 6-1 this season with its only loss coming to third-ranked Virginia.
Tennessee is one of only a handful of schools that have two doubles teams ranked. The Vols have won the doubles point in four of their five matches. UT's 34th-ranked duo of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers have been unbeatable at the No. 2 position, winning all five of their matches. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel, ranked 5th in the nation, fell for the first time in a dual-match last Friday against Ohio State.
Cameron and Hensel also man the top-two positions in Tennessee's singles lineup. Cameron is 3-1 in dual-match play and has played at the No. 1 singles position in the last four matches. The junior from Lenoir City has clinched all three wins for UT. Hensel has been battling illness the past couple of weeks but still has been in the lineup at the No. 2 position. Redshirt freshman Davey Sandgren has the best dual-match singles record on the squad at 4-1.
ETSU (8-2) has played twice the number of matches as Tennessee. ETSU is ranked 42nd in the nation with its only losses coming to top-30 opponents Virginia Commonwealth and Wake Forest. The Bucs are led by senior Felix Insaurralde and junior Predrag Burmazovic. Enrique Olivares is an impressive 8-0 in singles during dual-match play.
Admission to Thursday's match is free, and live online scoring will be available at UTsports.com.