upped its winning streak to eight by defeating No. 16 Auburn outdoors on
a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon in Auburn, Ala.
The Vols remained undefeated on the road as the 4-3 victory wrapped up
a three-match SEC road trip. Tennessee won each of the three conference
matches on the road by 4-3 scores. The last time the Vols began a season
with an 8-1 record was in 1991. Tennessee's last loss was at home against
Georgia Jan. 24.
Tennessee began the contest inauspiciously as they got swept for the
first time this season in doubles play. At No. 1 doubles, No. 18 Chad Copenhaver
and Mark Way were defeated by No. 10 Steve Huss and Lee Pearson 8-5.
The Volunteers struggled at the top of the lineup. All six singles matchups
went straight sets. Podbury lost his second match at the No. 1 singles position
as he was defeated by No. 23 Pearson 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, No. 88
Way lost to No. 45 Huss 6-2, 6-3. Tennessee dominated positions three through
six to take the win. At No. 3 singles, Mark Fitzpatrick defeated No. 93
Rene Moller 7-5, 6-0. The clinching match was Mark Parsons' 6-3, 7-5 victory
over George Matijasevic, which earned the Vols yet another come-from-behind
win. Parsons ran his team-best mark to 29-8.
Tennessee returns home today to face another highly-ranked opponent in
No. 8 Ole Miss at 1 p.m. in the UT indoor Tennis Center. The Vols soared
form No. 59 to No. 23 in the latest edition of the Rolex Collegiate Rankings,
which were released Tuesday.
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