STARKVILLE, Miss. - The No. 13-ranked Tennessee tennis team defeated No. 21 Mississippi State 5-2 Friday, in Starkville. The win, which was Michael Fancutt's 90th as the Vols' head coach, raised the Vols' season record to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in SEC play.
The Vols took an early 1-0 lead with an impressive effort in the doubles segment, which saw the Vols win all three matches. The freshman duo of Mark Dietrich and Mark Henderson were winners in the No. 3 match. The No. 23rd-ranked tandem of Simon Rea and Mario Toledo were upset winners at No. 2 over No. 18 Romain Ambert and Rene-Charles Combette. The senior pair of Adam Carey and Peter Handoyo won their fourth straight match and completed the shutout of the Bulldogs (8-7, 2-5 SEC), with their win in the No. 2 match.
The outcome of the match would not remain in doubt too far into the singles segment, as the Vols won the first three completed matches to secure their 12th win of the season. The Vols' Toledo, Dietrich and Rea were winners in the No. 2, 4 and 5 matches, respectively, which was all the scoring the Vols needed. Tennessee sophomore Wade Orr captured the Vols fifth and final point in the No. 6 match, while Ambert and Carvahlo were winners for Mississippi State in the No. 1 and 3 matches, respectively.
Results from the Vols' match on Sunday against Ole Miss were unavailable at press time.
Lady Vols drop MSU
The 12th-ranked Lady Vols tennis team battled swirling winds and the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday at the UT Varsity Courts and managed to conquer both with a 7-0 blanking of its league rivals. UT improves to 6-1 in Southeastern Conference play and 15-5 overall.
"It was a good win for us," said co-head coach Mike Patrick "Everyone worked really hard for their wins today. That win was just about as strong as it could have been, a little stronger than we would have like the team to play in."
Senior Agnes Wiski became just the fifth Lady Vol to amass over 100 wins in their career when she clinched the match for UT at No. 4. Wiski reached the plateau with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Elaine Fagan. The Flushing, N.Y. native now has a career singles mark of 100-62.
In doubles, the Lady Vols captured all three matches for the third contest in a row. Junior Crystal Cleveland and freshman Breanna Kray raced to an 8-1 win at No. 3 first. Then No. 19 Wiski and Vilmarie Castellvi claimed the tilt at No. 1 with an 8-4 triumph over Magdolna Rekasi and Camila Sagae, while Kim Gates and Alison Ojeda pulled out an 8-6 decision over Yumi Ueda and Carole Soubis.
In singles action, Tennessee continued to dominate as the Lady Vols dropped only one set all afternoon. Castellvi was up 6-0 and 1-0 in the second set when Soubis withdrew from the match with a sore ankle. Cleveland was next to strike with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Ueda at No. 5. Wiski then sealed the contest for the Lady Vols. Gates, Robards and Ojeda all added their points after the match was decided.
Friday, Ojeda played in her first singles match since injuring her back on March 10 in the Lady Vols 4-3 win over Auburn. The San Antonio, Texas, native held on for a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Sagae in the No. 2 slot. Gates dealt Rekasi a 6-1, 6-4 setback on court three while Robards came from behind to take the No. 6 contest.
Results from Sunday's match against Mississippi were unavailable at press time.