The No. 12 Tennessee men's tennis team (6-3, 0-0 SEC) lost its match with
No. 8 Pepperdine in Saturday's third-round consolation match at the
USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.
The Vols finished the tournament 1-2. Tennessee lost to No. 5 Illinois 4-2
in the first round. Illinois played in Sunday's final against the winner of
Saturday's Duke/UCLA match. Results were not available at press time. In
Saturday's semifinal match, Illinois snapped No. 1 Stanford's 45-match win
The Volunteers defeated No. 16 Harvard 4-3 in the second-round consolation
match. Tennessee will get a chance to avenge the loss to Pepperdine as the
two teams meet again on March 19 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Tennessee lost the doubles point in the match against the Waves. At No. 1
doubles, Tennessee's Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way had their match with No.
10 Kelly Gullett and John Hui suspended because Pepperdine had already won
the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches.
In No. 2 doubles, Peter Handoyo and Mirko Jovanovic lost to Sebastien
Graeff and Anthony Ross 8-4. In No. 3 doubles, Mark Parsons and Paul
Podbury were defeated by Eni Ghidirmic and Oliver Schweizer 8-6.
Tennessee took two of the six singles matches. At No. 1 singles,
fourth-ranked Handoyo was defeated by No. 27 Gullett in a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6
nail-biter. At No. 2 singles, co-No. 54 Parsons lost to Ghidirmic in
another three-set affair, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5.
In No. 3 singles, senior co-captain Way collected a 7-5, 6-3 victory over
Graeff. In No. 4 singles, Adam Carey of Tennessee dropped a three-setter to
Hui 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In No. 5 singles, Podbury lost to Ross 6-4, 6-3.
The Vols other win came in No. 6 singles, where freshman Jovanovic won his
first collegiate match by thumping Chase Exon 6-2, 6-2.
On Friday, the Vols claimed their biggest win of the season by beating No.
16 Harvard. The win avenged a 6-1 loss suffered by Tennessee at the hands
of the Crimson on Feb. 14 at the Harvard Invitational.
Tennessee took an early 1-0 lead by taking two of the three doubles
matches. At No. 2 doubles, Handoyo and Jovanovic registered an 8-6 upset
over 19th-ranked Scott Clark and Mike Passarella. In No. 3 doubles, Parsons
and Podbury defeated John Doran and Andrew Styperek 8-3.
The doubles point proved to be decisive as the Vols and Crimson split the
six singles matches down the middle.
At No. 1 singles, No. 4 Handoyo lost to top-ranked James Blake 7-5, 6-0.
Handoyo has dropped his last six matches but has only played two players
ranked below No. 8 during the losing streak.
In No. 2 singles, Parsons defeated No. 31 Kunj Majmudar 6-1, 6-4. Also, Way
beat Doran, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, and Podbury bested Joe Green, 7-6, 6-3, for the
Vols' other wins.
Tennessee begins the SEC dual match season with a home match against No. 66
Vanderbilt on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Pepperdine bests Vols at tennis tourney
Published: Mon Feb 22, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:46 p.m.