April 5, 2007
The Tennessee men's tennis team ends its home schedule this weekend when it hosts Ole Miss and Mississippi State at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts. Before Friday's match against Ole Miss, Tennessee (14-4, 6-2 SEC) will honor seniors Ben Rogers, Johnny Thornton and Kiril Tcherveniachki.
"We're excited to play Ole Miss and Mississippi State," head tennis coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Ole Miss is a fantastic tennis program, they're coming into Knoxville ranked No.7 in the nation and our team is on a seven-match win streak. It should be a great match where both teams will play high quality tennis.
"We're going to honor our seniors Friday night, they've honored us for four years so this is the least we could do. They mean a tremendous amount to our team and it has been my pleasure to work with them. As a coach, and a fan, of all three guys there's nothing that would make me happier to have a great crowd and show how much they mean to this program because they do mean a tremendous amount to us."
Rogers and Tcherveniachki have had outstanding senior seasons for the 22nd-ranked Volunteers. Tcherveniachki is currently on a career-long 11-match win streak and is 8-0 in the SEC. Rogers has a 7-1 record in the SEC and is 15-3 overall in dual-matches.
Ole Miss (18-2, 7-1 SEC) have five players ranked in the top-125 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings. The Rebels are led by junior Erling Tveit who is ranked 19th in the nation. Tveit is 12-5 this season at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. The match is scheduled to begin Friday at 5 p.m., with senior day festivities starting before the match at 4:45. Tennessee leads the all-time series with Ole Miss, 20-15.
Mississippi State (6-10, 3-5 SEC) is led by juniors Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux. Both players are ranked in the ITA's singles rankings. Bjelica is ranked 37th and is 10-2 this season at the No. 1 position. Frayssinoux is ranked 75th and is 7-5 at the No. 2 spot. The match against the Bulldogs is Sunday at 1 p.m. The Vols lead the series against Mississippi State, 28-15.
All matches at the University of Tennessee are free and open to the public. Live scoring for both matches this weekend will be available at UTsports.com