The Tennessee men’s tennis team defeated South Carolina 4-1 Sunday on a sunny afternoon at the UT Outdoor Varsity Courts to improve to 7-3 this season.
“I was happy to get the win against South Carolina today,” men’s tennis coach Chris Mahony said. “Coach Woodruff and I were a little concerned about a possible letdown after the big win over Florida on Friday. One of my main concerns was getting the guys fired up for today’s match against a team that started the year ranked No. 11 in the country.”
The Volunteers captured the doubles point for the third time in the SEC season. Derek Stephens and Kiril Tcherveniachki defeated Adam Adler and Thomas Stoddard 8-3 at No. 3 doubles and Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel won at No. 2 doubles 8-6 over Pedro Rodrigues and Yevgeny Supeko.
Cameron clinched the win for UT for the second consecutive match defeating USC’s Tom Eklund 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Cameron went 4-0 this weekend, defeating two higher-ranked opponents in singles and clinching the doubles point.
Stephens gave the Vols a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Adler at No. 6 singles. After the Gamecocks pulled within one, Tcherveniachki defeated Sueko 6-0, 6-4 to give the Volunteers a 3-1 lead. The Auckland, New Zealand native is now 2-2 in the SEC for the Vols.
A pair of dramatic victories from junior Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) helped lead the 31st-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team to a dramatic 4-3 road victory over No. 19 South Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks are the highest-ranked team that the Tennessee has defeated this season.
Griffith and junior Victoria Jones clinched the all-important doubles point with a 9-8 (14-12) victory at the No. 2 position against Christyn Lucas and Danielle Wiggins.
First to finish was the No. 3 match, which saw the Lady Vol freshman duo of Stephanie Harris and Samantha Orlin drop an 8-5 decision. Tennessee earned a win at court one after senior Melissa Schaub and sophomore Ghizela Schutte won their match 8-3. UT moved to within one point from the team victory when Orlin dispatched McGavock at No. 5 by 6-4, 6-2 scores.
The win moved Tennessee to 6-7, 3-1 in SEC play, good for a third-place tie in the overall SEC standings, behind 4-0 Florida and Vanderbilt. USC dropped to 8-4, 2-2 SEC, with its setback.
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Published: Tue Mar 14, 2006 | Modified: Tue Mar 14, 2006 08:36 a.m.