The seventh-ranked Tennessee tennis team concluded an undefeated trip through Mississippi with a 6-1 win at Mississippi State Sunday. The Vols swept the away series with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for the first time since 1991.
We haven't won both matches on this trip in a decade and we are very pleased to get them this year, Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt said. I thought we possibly played the best match as a team since I have been here Friday against Ole Miss.
Tennessee (14-4, 7-2 SEC) started well, winning the first two completed doubles matches to take the doubles point for the second time in as many matches. The 33rd-ranked pair of Andy Crews and Peter Handoyo gave the Vols their first victory with an 8-3 wi
n over David Ruiz and Mattieu Soto in the No. 3 match.
The Vols' Paul Podbury and Simon Rea then clinched the point for the Vols with an 8-4 win over Luiz Carvahlo and Jerome LeBelicard in the No. 2 match.
In the No. 1 match, Mississippi State's Marco Baron and Chris McDonald defeated the Vols' 16th-ranked duo of Mark Parsons and Adam Carey, 8-4.
The Vols did not let up in the singles segment as they took the first five completed matches to polish off the Bulldogs (11-7, 5-4). The Vols first win came from Podbury, who defeated Soto, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 4 match.
I was really proud of Paul in the way he played against Soto, Fancutt said. Soto is a really good player, and Paul played as well as I have seen him play in a while.
The next two Vols to finish were freshmen Rea and Wade Orr. Rea defeated Ruiz 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 5 match before Orr won the Vols' clinching point with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Max Fomine in the No. 6 match.
I am very proud of the way our freshmen played today, Fancutt said. Mississippi State is usually very solid at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, but Simon and Wade really stepped up for us today.
Tennessee juniors Handoyo and Carey took the last two points from the Bulldogs. The 33rd-ranked Handoyo defeated Carvahlo 7-5, 2-1 (ret.). In the No. 2 match, while the 66th-ranked Carey defeated LeBelicard 7-6 (2), 6-4. Tennessee senior Parsons lost his
first game in his last five outings to seventh-ranked Baron, 7-5, 7-6 (4).