The Tennessee tennis team captured its first SEC win of the season,
knocking off Vanderbilt Saturday at the Cedar Bluff Racquet Club in
Knoxville 6-1.

In the match, pushed indoors by inclement weather, the Vols got off to a
quick start, as Tennessee grabbed the doubles team point by winning all
three matches.

Martijn Magendans and Daniel Dewandaka, playing in the No. 2 spot, putting
away Krunch Kloberdanz and Mike Rollauer 8-5. All-Americans Chris Mohony
and Pablo Montana followed with a win over Jeff Clark and Chris Groer 8-6,
in the No. 1 position. In the final doubles match, Thomas Mozur and
Christoph Pressmar defeated Derek Pope and Paul Thurmond 9-8(7).

The sweep of the doubles action gave the Vols a 1-0 lead.

In singles action, Tennessee continued to apply the pressure as the points
mounted.

John Fritts disposed of Thurmond in an impressive fashion 6-1, 6-0. Fritts'
match was his first singles action of the season. Dewandaka, the No. 90
player in the country, defeated Kloberdanz, the No. 48 player in the
country, in the No. 1 position 6-4, 6-1. Dewandaka's win gave Tennessee a
3-0 lead.

Mahoney secured the win for Tennessee at the No. 4 spot, defeating Clark
6-2, 6-0. Following the Mahoney clinch, Magendans defeated Rollauer 6-3,
6-4 -- increasing Tennessee's lead to 5-0.

Pablo Montana, No. 69 in the country, took the Vols' final point by
defeating Chris Groer, the nation's No. 50 player, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

Vanderbilt's Derek Pope grabbed the Commodores only point by defeating
Mozur 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Head coach John Kreis said the win put the Vols on the right conference
track.

"We started our conference season on the right note. Our guys are ready to
play," Kreis said. "After some close matches in doubles, we jumped on top
in singles play and never let them in the match."

Tennessee (11-2) next takes on No. 31 Arkansas March 12 in
Fayetteville.