Tennessee ended its regular season with an impressive 6-1 victory over 30th-ranked Florida Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Courts. The win moves the No. 7 ranked Vols to 16-4 overall and 9-2 in the SEC heading into this weekend's SEC Championships in Lexi
ngton.
Every SEC win is huge, especially when it's Florida, said Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt. I believe we are now finally playing like a team that is capable of winning the NCAA tournament.
The Vols won their fourth straight doubles point to start the match, running their season record to 10-0 when winning the doubles set. Tennessee's 33rd-ranked pair of Andy Crews and Peter Handoyo won their third straight over Troy Hahn and Ross Greenstein
in the No. 3 match 8-3. The 16th-ranked duo of Mark Parsons and Adam Carey then clinched the point for the Vols with an 8-6 victory over No. 40 Nathan Overholser and Jeremy Wurtzman in the No. 1 match.
The Vols continued to roll in singles, as they won the first three completed matches to finish off the Gators. Freshman Wade Orr started things off with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Trey Johnson in the No. 6 match. Parsons continued his fine late-season play with
an easy win over 25th-ranked Nathan Overholser 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 1 match. Tennessee freshman Simon Rea then got his team-leading fourth clinching point of the season in a 6-2, 6-1 win over Matt Behrmann in the No. 5 match.
Great effort by our freshmen (Rea and Orr) again, Fancutt said. They have really stepped up lately and started to become big contributors. They are starting to get more confidence and it is showing in their game.
UT also defeated No. 31 South Carolina 6-1 Friday in a match forced indoors due to inclement weather. The win clinched the second seed for the Vols in this weekend's SEC tournament.