The 12th-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team (15-6, 5-3 SEC) defeated
63rd-ranked Auburn (7-12, 0-8) 4-3 on a windy and warm Friday afternoon at
the Varsity Courts.
Friday was also Senior Day as the Vols took to the home hardcourts for the
last time this season. Tennessee's two seniors were crucial to the win.
Senior co-captains Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way won every time they stepped
on the court Friday.
"Today was Senior Day and, fittingly, the match was won by our two senior
co-captains," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "It shows the depth of
our team when Peter Handoyo, ranked 12th, and Mark Parsons, ranked 35th,
and Adam Carey, who has won most of his matches this year, lose and we can
still win the day.
"Last year, Auburn defeated us in the NCAA Regionals to end our season, so
getting revenge today was especially sweet."
The Vols have won six of their last seven matches. With the win, the Vols
surpassed last year's 14-win total in Fancutt's first season. The 15 wins
also give the 1999 Vols more wins than any Tennessee squad since 1995
(19-9). No strangers to close calls, the Vols notched their seventh 4-3
victory of the season.
The Vols grabbed the first point of the contest by sweeping all three
doubles matches for the second consecutive match. At No. 1 doubles,
29th-ranked Carey and Parsons struck first by besting George Matijasevic
and Tiago Ruffoni 8-2. Carey and Parsons own a 7-1 record.
At No. 2 doubles, Mark Fitzpatrick and Way added another victory by beating
Mark Kovacs and Marcel Mizerski 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, Copenhaver and
Handoyo defeated Peter McGuone and Estevan Strecker 8-6. Copenhaver and
Handoyo ran their record to 6-1. Tennessee stands 12-1 this season after
winning the doubles point and 6-0 after sweeping all three doubles matches.
After a mid-season slump, Tennessee has won the doubles point seven of the
last eight matches.
Winning the doubles point proved critical as the Vols and Tigers split the
six singles matches. At No. 6 singles, Fitzpatrick took the first singles
win by defeating McGuone 6-2, 6-3. At No. 4 singles, Copenhaver put
Tennessee up 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mizerski. At No. 1 singles,
Kovacs upset 12th-ranked Handoyo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. At No. 3, Way clinched the
win for UT by defeating Ruffoni 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to up the score to 4-1.
Matijasevic upset Parsons 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, and Strecker defeated Carey, 6-3,
4-6, 6-4, to make it 4-3.
The Vols hit the road to take on No. 7 Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sunday at
Senior Vols play key role in tennis win over Auburn
Published: Mon Apr 12, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.