The Tennessee men’s tennis team could not overcome a 90-minute rain delay and Kentucky Sunday, as they fell to the Wildcats 5-2 at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.
“Kentucky was too strong for us in singles today,” head coach Chris Mahony said. “I thought my guys fought hard but simply didn’t get the job done. I don’t think it was in our favor to play both matches indoors this weekend. The weather was unfortunate, but we still have to find a way to win.”
The Volunteers captured the doubles point Sunday for the first time since playing against South Carolina five matches ago. UT’s No. 1-duo of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers dominated Kentucky’s Nate Emge and Alex Hume winning 8-1. Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel clinched the point for Tennessee defeating Bruno Agostinelli and Kenny Hodge 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
Agostinelli clinched the match for Kentucky with a come-from-behind victory over Cameron at the No. 1 singles. Agostinelli, ranked 54th nationally, defeated Cameron 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to hand Cameron his second consecutive home loss after the UT sophomore had won his first six home matches of the season.
Kentucky’s seniors were too much for the young Volunteers in the other singles matches. The Wildcat’s No. 2,3 and 4 singles players are all seniors and all three won in straight-sets on Sunday.
Freshman Derek Stephens had UT’s only singles victory defeating Greg Anderson in the first set 7-6 and then Anderson retired giving the match to Stephens.
The Tennessee men’s golf team finished in 13th after the final round at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational played at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The Vols finished the tournament with a scorecard of 293-300-302--895.
Philip Pettitt set the pace for Tennessee by shooting a final round two-over-par 74 to finish in a tie for 37th. Pettitt finished the tournament at six-over-par and with a final scorecard of 70-78-74--222.
The 22nd-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team (9-9, 5-3 SEC) fell to No. 28 Kentucky (14-6, 7-1) by a 6-1 score on Sunday afternoon.
The highlights for the Lady Vols were a couple of singles performances by players playing higher than they had all season and performing well. Sophomore Ghizela Schutte played at No. 2 and earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lara Maurer.
Senior Melissa Schaub played at No. 1 for the first time in her career and narrowly missed a big win, falling in a super tie-breaker to No. 39 Kim Coventry, 6-4, 3-6, (10-5).
The first doubles match to finish saw the Lady Vol No. 3 freshman duo of Samantha Orlin and Hayley Prendergast fell to Danielle Petrisko and Caroline Winebrenner, 8-0. UK took the doubles point when Schaub and Schutte dropped a tight 9-7 decision on court one to Coventry and Carolina Escamilla.
Finishing out doubles play were juniors Blakely Griffith and Victoria Jones who fell to Maurer and Joelle Schwenk at 2 by an 8-7 (7-3) score.
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Published: Tue Apr 04, 2006 | Modified: Tue Apr 04, 2006 08:45 a.m.