The No. 12 Tennessee men's tennis team took its second consecutive
O'Charley's/Vol Tennis Classic title Sunday by blanking William & Mary 5-0
in the final round.
The Vols improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season at the Goodfriend Tennis
Tennessee improved its overall play in singles and doubles on Sunday
following Saturday's 5-2 victory over Indiana. Winning the doubles point
pleased Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt the most.
"I'm very pleased we won the doubles point because Indiana beat us in all
three doubles matches Saturday," he said. "Wake Forest swept Indiana in
doubles today and William & Mary swept Wake Forest in doubles Saturday. If
you look at that, by all rights we should have been killed in doubles
today. For us to come in and win today was a great effort."
"It's good to see us rise to the challenge. To beat them 5-0 is a good
indicator," Fancutt continued. "If we want to vie for the national
championship, we need to beat unranked teams soundly when we play
Tennessee took two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point.
First, Tennessee's Mark Parsons and Paul Podbury defeated Tim Csontos and
David Kenas 8-4 in No. 3 doubles. William & Mary's Trevor Spracklin and Lee
Harang struck back by knocking off Tennessee's Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way
9-7 in No. 1 doubles.
With the doubles point on the line, Tennessee's Peter Handoyo and Mirko
Jovanovic edged past Patrick Brown and Brian Lubin 9-7. Tennessee led
William & Mary 1-0 entering the singles matches.
The Vols never looked back and won four straight singles matches to take
the 5-0 victory. Tennessee was again without the services of Mark
Fitzpatrick as he recovers from the flu. At No. 2 singles, No. 10 Handoyo
finished first by beating Harang 6-1, 7-6 (3). Handoyo, the highest-ranked
freshman in the nation, upped his record to 27-5. At No. 1 singles, Way
defeated No. 81 Spracklin 7-5, 7-6 (4).
At No. 4 singles, Podbury clinched the fourth point and the win for
Tennessee by knocking off Kenas 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Podbury stands 15-7 on the
season. The No. 3 singles match was also clinched as No. 46 Parsons
defeated Mehdy Karbid 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to make the final score 5-0. Parsons
ran his record to 19-5. The Nos. 5 and 6 singles matches were
Handoyo will represent Tennessee and Region III Feb. 4-7 at the Rolex
National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas, Texas. He earned
the berth in the tournament by winning the Region III Indoor Championships
in Athens, Ga., in November.
Lady Vols tennis defeats Ohio State
The 26th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols rebounded after dropping a tough 5-4
decision at Kentucky on Saturday to defeat Ohio State by the same score on
Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
The Lady Vols won four of six singles matches in registering a 5-4 win over
the Buckeyes. The win improves the Lady Vols to 2-1 overall (1-1 SEC) while
OSU falls to 1-1 overall.
For the second consecutive day the No. 2 doubles tilt decided the outcome
of the match. After suffering a 9-7 loss at Kentucky, the duo of junior
Candy Reid and freshman Alison Ojeda gave Tennessee the victory over the
Buckeyes with an 8-6 win over Michelle Matko and Monica Rincon.
In singles, sophomore Vinny Seiverling recorded her third singles victory
of the dual season against no defeats with a 7-5, 6-0 decision over Claudia
Castro at No. 6.
Other winners in singles included: freshman Agnes Wiski, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at
No. 1 over Kristy Dascoli; Ojeda, 6-3, 6-3 over Brianna Harris at No. 2;
and freshman Dana Noel, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Kadri Kanepi at No. 5.
Tennessee will next compete on the road as they face No. 14 Arkansas on
Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark., at 11 a.m. CT.
Vols tennis stays undefeated
Published: Tue Feb 02, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:44 p.m.