LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Tennessee tennis team stunned top-ranked LSU 4-3 in
the quarterfinal round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The Vols (8-2, 2-0) handed the Tigers their first loss of the season.
The 14th-ranked Vols had to battle back from losing the doubles point with
four victories in singles. Tennessee had a chance to win the doubles point,
as Mark Fitzpatrick and Paul Podbury had match point twice in the No. 2
match against Tom Hand and Ed Rubin.
Fitzpatrick and Podbury eventually lost 9-8(12). Peter Handoyo and Tate
Roberts notched their second consecutive 8-2 victory of the tournament by
knocking off Jesse Smatt and Ajay Ramaswami in the No. 3 match.
Adam Carey and Mark Parsons fell to Michal Chmela and Daniel Kiernan in the
No. 1 slot 8-6. Tennessee made a furious comeback in singles to claim
For the second consecutive day, the Vols took the Nos. 2-5 matches and lost
in the No. 1 and No. 6 positions.
No. 29 Parsons and No. 25 Handoyo registered the tying and winning points.
Parsons upset No. 15 Hand at No. 2 and Handoyo clinched the match with a
6-7, 6-1, 1-0(10-3) victory over Rubin at No. 3.
"Pete and Mark really gave us a boost with two huge wins," said assistant
coach Chris Mahony. "They are All-Americans and we expect these kind of big
wins out of them."
On Saturday, the Tennessee tennis team's upset string at the USTA/ITA
National Team Indoor Championships came to an end as they lost to No. 2
Stanford 4-3 in the semifinals.
The Vols lost the doubles point and split the six singles matches with the
Cardinal. The loss eliminated Tennessee from competition and advanced
Stanford (7-0) into Sunday's final.
Stanford won the doubles point by winning the first two doubles matches.
The top-ranked duo of Geoff Abrams and Alex Kim stopped No. 49 Adam Carey
and Mark Parsons 8-2, and David Martin and Scott Lipsky dropped Mark
Fitzpatrick and Paul Podbury 8-5 to clinch the doubles point. Peter Handoyo
and Tate Roberts saved an extra point by knocking off Ali Ansari and Scotty
Scott 8-6 at No. 3.
The Vols would have been down 2-0 instead of just one if Stanford would
have swept the doubles.
Stanford ran out to a 3-0 lead by winning in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions
in singles. Roberts won all of his doubles matches. No. 29 Parsons fell to
No. 6 Geoff Abrams at No. 2 in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
No. 25 Handoyo and No. 90 Podbury pulled the Vols to within one point at
3-2 with their victories at the Nos. 2 and 6 positions respectively.
But No. 86 Martin sealed the victory for Stanford by beating No. 45 Carey
in the No. 4 match 6-4, 6-3. Fitzpatrick won his match minutes later over
Scott Lipsky 7-6(2), 7-6 (2) at No. 5 to pull the score to 4-3.
Tennessee had not advanced to the semifinals of the National Team Indoors
since 1993 when they were led by Davis Cup hero Chris Woodruff and current
UT assistant coach Chris Mahony.
Tennis Vols reach semifinals
Published: Tue Feb 29, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:09 p.m.