The 20th-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team (13-5, 3-2 SEC) notched its
biggest win of the season Friday by upsetting third-ranked Baylor 4-3 at
the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
The Volunteers handed Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) its first loss of the
season following a match that lasted five hours and 45 minutes. Tennessee
stands 2-0 against Baylor alltime. Tennessee has won five 4-3 matches this
"I feel like this team is still improving, so it's very satisfying to see
us beat the No. 3 team in the nation when we haven't reached our peak,"
Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. "This win shows the parity in
collegiate tennis. I think any team in the top 20 can beat any other top 20
team on a given day. Baylor is obviously a great team. We had home-court
advantage. Otherwise, the outcome could have been different."
Tennessee won the crucial doubles point for the fifth consecutive time. At
No. 1 doubles, Adam Carey and Mark Parsons remained undefeated by upsetting
28th-ranked David Hodge and Johann Jooste 8-4. Carey's and Parsons' 5-0
record includes wins over doubles teams ranked 8th, 12th and 28th.
In No. 2 doubles, Baylor's 40th-ranked Pawel Gajdzik and Johannes Michalsky
defeated Mark Fitzpatrick and Mark Way 8-6. At No. 3 doubles, though, Chad
Copenhaver and Peter Handoyo knocked off Csongor Bibza and Mark Williams
8-6 to claim the doubles point. The Vols led the Bears 1-0 entering singles
Baylor evened the score as 25th-ranked Jooste defeated 44th-ranked Parsons
7-6, 7-5 in No. 1 singles. Tennessee pulled ahead 2-1, however, following
senior co-captain Way's 6-4, 706 victory over 86th-ranked Hodge at No. 3
Baylor's Jorge Aldrete knotted the score at 2-2 with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win
over Fitzpatrick at No. 4 singles.
At No. 2 singles, 10th-ranked Handoyo posted a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over
18th-ranked Gajdzik in a three-hour match to put the Vols up 3-2. Handoyo's
victory drove his record to 37-12. His 37 wins move him from a tie for
eighth in the Vol record book for most singles wins in a season alongside
Parsons (in 1998) and Brice Karsh (in 1991). A 38th win would move Handoyo
into a tie for seventh with former Vol great Paul Annacone (1982).
In No. 6 singles, Baylor pulled even again with Williams' 6-4, 6-1 win over
Carey. With the score at 3-3, Tennessee's other senior co-captain,
Copenhaver, clinched the match for the Vols at No. 5 singles with a 5-7,
7-5, 6-3 comeback victory over Michalsky.
The Vols faced No. 8 Florida on Sunday at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Results were not available at press time.
UT men hand upset to Baylor in tennis meet
Published: Mon Mar 29, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:49 p.m.