Sept. 22, 2005
The Tennessee men's tennis team left Thursday for Athens, Ga., to participate in the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning Friday.
"The Southern Intercollegiate is a great tournament," head coach Chris Mahony said. "It has a lengthy tradition and an unbelievable field every year. We're going to take the full squad down there and look to build upon last weekend's tennis and get another great weekend of tennis in."
Sophomores Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel will both participate in the Division I singles bracket. Cameron and Hensel both started their season's last weekend at a USTA future's event in Costa Mesa, Calif., with Cameron winning twice. Cameron meets Vanderbilt's Ryan Preston at 11a.m. Friday. Hensel faces South Alabama's Dias Poskarayev at 1:30 p.m. Cameron and Hensel will also team up to play in the Division I doubles draw. The tandem faces The Citadel's Daniel Dosseter and James Eason.
Senior David Baxendine and juniors Ben Rogers and Kiril Tcherveniachki will play in the Division II singles bracket. Rogers and Tcherveniachki both have received a first-round bye and will begin play Saturday. Baxendine faces Nick Cromydas of Vanderbilt at 8 a.m.
Rawl Martin and Johnny Thornton are in the Division III singles bracket. Martin won twice at the Middle Tennessee Fall Invitational last weekend and will look to add to his victory total when he faces Mercer's Mike Reynolds Friday morning at 8 a.m. Thornton faces Tennessee Tech's James Bennett at 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee is also entering two doubles duos into Division II doubles play. Baxendine and Tcherveniachki will team up and play Auburn's Brent Goedjen and Hunter Mills. Martin and Thornton face Georgia Tech's Jordan Delass and George Gvelesiani.
Last season the Vols were very successful at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships with Ben Rogers and Ockie Oosthuizen winning the Division I doubles championship and Matt Berry winning the Division II consolation singles bracket.
The tournament consists of three singles divisions and two doubles divisions. Division I and II singles will feature 51 and 58-man draws, respectively, while Division III will be a 28-man bracket.