May 10, 2007
The Tennessee men's tennis team begins play in the NCAA tournament Friday when it faces 34th-ranked Miami (Fla.) at 4 p.m. at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio.
"We're getting ready to play a very strong team in Miami and our team looks to be in good spirits and I think we are ready to play our best tennis," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "This is where the rubber hits the road, this time of year it is win or go home and I think we're up for the challenge."
The Vols (16-7, 7-4 SEC) have been led all season by juniors Kaden Hensel and Bobby Cameron. Hensel is currently ranked a career-best 17th in singles. The Australian native has a 27-10 singles record and over half of his victories this season are over ranked opponents. Cameron has a 24-13 singles record this season after playing at the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions in the singles lineup. The Lenoir City native is ranked 46th in singles. Hensel and Cameron team up to form the Vols' No. 1 doubles tandem. The juniors are 22-12 this season in doubles and were one of 32 duos to be invited to the NCAA doubles championships.
Seniors Ben Rogers and Kiril Tcherveniachki have both turned in career years in their final season on the Hill. Rogers is tied for the team lead with 28 singles victories. The Kingsport native also remains one of UT's best doubles players. Rogers will once again participate in the NCAA doubles championship with Adam Hubble. This is the second consecutive season that the duo has been invited to the season-ending tournament. Hubble and Rogers have put together a 22-8 record and an impressive 12-1 record at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Tcherveniachki was nearly unbeatable in dual-match singles this season going 15-1. The UT senior put together a career-long 11 match win streak in the middle of the season. Tcherveniachki was also part of the lower half of Tennessee's lineup that simply dominated foes this season. The Vols were 52-12 at the No. 4, 5 and 6 position in the lineup.
Freshmen Chris Racz and Davey Sandgren have played their best tennis at the end of the season. Racz is 11-2 in dual-match play this season and 21-8 overall. Sandgren is tied with Rogers for the team-high in wins with 28. The Gallatin, Tenn., native is currently ranked 106th in singles.
Miami (11-13) is led be senior Luigi D'Agord. D'Agord is ranked ninth in singles and fifth in doubles with partner Josh Cohen. The Hurricanes defeated UT last season in Miami but the UM lost four players from that team that had a hand in the victory.
The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The winner of the UT-UM match will face the winner of the Columbia-Ohio State match Saturday at 1 p.m. Live scoring can be found at UTsports.com.