May 3, 2007
The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee announced Wednesday night that four members of Tennessee's tennis team had been received invites to the men's singles and doubles championships draws. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel will play in both the singles and doubles draw. Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers will also represent the Big Orange in the doubles draw.
"It's great for our program that we get four players into the individual tournament," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "Doubles is definitely a strength of our team, having two teams in the 32-team draw says a lot about our team's ability. I think its great that Ben and Adam made the tournament even though they played No. 2 doubles most of the season, it shows they took advantage of opportunities when given to them.
"I'm very proud of Kaden and Bobby. They have both worked hard and improved a lot this season. I think having this many players in the draw shows what kind of program we have. We have a lot of great players such as Davey (Sandgren) and Kiril (Tcherveniachki) who also have the ability to play at this level."
Hensel played most of the season at the No. 1 position in UT's lineup, finishing with an 11-4 record at the top-spot. The UT junior finished the regular season with a 27-10 record overall and had 14 victories over ranked opponents. Bobby Cameron was UT's No. 2 singles player for most of the season. The Lenoir City native finished the 2006-07 campaign with a 24-13 singles record. The two juniors combined to form one of the nation's top doubles tandems. Cameron and Hensel finished the season with a 22-12 doubles record and had nine victories over ranked opponents. The Big Orange duo is one of only two teams this season that have defeated the nation's No. 1 ranked tandem of Luis Flores and John Isner of Georgia.
Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers are making their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA doubles championships. Last season, Hubble and Rogers lost to Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy in the first round. Hubble and Rogers finished this season with a 22-8 record and put together an impressive 12-1 mark at the No. 2 position in the doubles lineup.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championships. The team championships run from May 17-22. The Volunteers face Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the team championships on May 11 at 4 p.m.