Vols, Lady Vols Both Knocked Out Of NCAA Tennis Tournament

May 12, 2007

Columbus, OH -- The Tennessee men's tennis team fell to second-ranked Ohio State 4-1 Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA tournament played at Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Vols finish the season 17-8.

"Days like today show you how much this team is proud to represent Tennessee," head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "They gave everything they had in pursuit of victory. (Associate head coach) Chris (Woodruff) and I are humbled by their effort. We had the No. 2 team in the country in a fight; it was going to be a 4-3 match. To Ohio State's credit they handled the pressure like a great team does and we came up just a tiny bit short today.

The Buckeyes (29-1) got off to a fast start in doubles winning at the two and three positions to capture the point. Drew Eberly and Justin Kronauge defeated UT's Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers 8-3 at the No. 2 slot. The loss marked only the second time in 14 matches this season that the Vol duo lost at the No. 2 position. Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Bo Hardegree and Davey Sandgren.

Ohio State sprinted out to a 3-0 lead early in the singles competition after Kronauge defeated Kiril Tcherveniachki 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 position and Devin Mullings defeated Sandgren 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 position.

The Vols got on the board when Kaden Hensel defeated Koniecko 7-6, 6-4 at the No. 1 position. Hensel finishes the season 12-5 at the No. 1 position in the lineup.

At this point in the match, UT found themselves down 3-1 in the match but with Ben Rogers and Chris Racz winning their matches at the No. 5 and 6 positions respectively, all eyes fell on the match on court No. 2 between OSU's Moneke and UT's Bobby Cameron.

Moneke, ranked sixth in singles, captured the first set 6-2 and was leading in the second set 4-1 when Hensel won his match. Cameron battled back though to tie the second set at five games apiece and put the pressure squarely on the back of the nation's No. 6 ranked player. Moneke, though, was the nation's top-ranked singles player earlier this season and the Buckeye sophomore rebounded to take the final two games of the set, winning the match and sending Ohio State to the round of 16. The Buckeyes advance to play in the NCAA Championships. The round of 16 begins May 17 at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Center.

This match marked the end of the UT career for Kiril Tcherveniachki. The senior from Auckland, New Zealand had a splendid senior season finishing the year with a 22-9 singles record. For his career, Tcherveniachki finished with 62 singles victories, 45 coming in dual-match play. Although he did not play, Saturday also marked the final Tennessee match for Johnny Thornton. The Chattanooga native carved out a role for himself in UT's doubles lineup appearing in six dual matches this season. Rogers also participated in his final team-match against Ohio State but the Kingsport native still has some collegiate tennis left to play as he and Hubble were one of 32 doubles teams invited to the NCAA doubles championships.

"I'm extremely proud of our seniors," Winterbotham said. "Ben, Kiril and Johnny gave the program everything they had. They will always be Tennessee Volunteers and they were an inspiration to the rest of the team this year.

Cameron and Hensel will participate in the NCAA singles championship starting on May 23 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Cameron and Hensel will also participate in the doubles championship in Athens along with Hubble and Rogers.

"Everybody associated with the University of Tennessee should be extremely proud of the guys and the way they played today and the season they had," Winterbotham said.

"This team put Tennessee tennis back on the map, where it should be.

No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 25 Tennessee 1
1. No. 17 Kaden Hensel (UT) def. No. 20 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) 7-6, 6-4
2. No. 6 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. No. 46 Bobby Cameron (UT) 6-2, 7-5
3. No. 27 Devin Mullings (OSU) def. No. 106 Davey Sandgren (UT) 6-1, 6-2
4. Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Kiril Tcherveniachki (UT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ben Rogers (UT) led Chris Klingemann (OSU) 6-4, 6-5
6. Chris Racz (UT) led Drew Eberly (OSU) 6-4, 5-4
Order of Finish: 4,3,1,2
1. No. 17 Cameron/Hensel (UT) led No. 11 Klingemann/Mullings (OSU) 6-2
2. No. 48 Eberly/Kronauge (OSU) def. No. 29 Hubble/Rogers (UT) 8-3
3. Koniecko/Moneke (OSU) def. Hardegree/Sandgren (UT) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3

NASHVILLE -- A day after dismantling its first round opponent, the 21st-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team (14-11) was unable to duplicate the feat, falling 4-0 to No. 16 Vanderbilt (19-8) in the second round of the NCAA Championships, Saturday afternoon at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn.

"It's unfortunate that our season is over, but both Sonia (Hahn-Patrick) and I are very proud of how our team fought until the bitter end," UT co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "Vanderbilt is a tremendous team and they just got the better of us this afternoon."

"We put together a solid season with a very young team," Patrick said. "Hopefully, this will serve as a building block for success in years to come. We will take the experience that we gained this weekend and use it to become a better team next season."

For just the second time in its last nine matches, the Big Orange was unable to come away with the doubles point, dropping contests on the second and third courts. The Commodore duo of Taka Bertrand and Catherine Newman got their squad off on the right foot, defeating UT's combination of junior Ghizela Schutte and freshman Connor Vogel, 8-2, at the second position. Shortly thereafter, VU claimed the initial advantage of the match, with Courtney Ulery and Liberty Sveke taking out senior Blakeley Griffith and sophomore Samantha Orlin, 8-4, at the third spot in the lineup.

In singles play, Ulery continued to pad the VU lead, moving the score to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-0, victory over Olin at five singles. The advantage continued to grow when the 36th-ranked Taylor downed Schutte in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. The conclusion of the match came on court four, where No. 105 Bertrand took on Whoriskey. With a 7-5, 6-2 triumph, Bertrand gave her team the victory and a berth in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships to be hosted by the University of Georgia, May 18-22.

With the outcome of the match decided, the final three singles contests were halted. On center court, No. 26 Griffith was leading the 19th-rated Fish, 7-5, 2-1, while Zubor was in a third set with Caroline Ferrell at the sixth position after splitting the first two, 6-1, 3-6. At the third slot, Vogel was trailing No. 51 Newman, 2-6, 2-4.

Despite the team portion of the schedule concluding, three individual Lady Vols will continue playing this season when they travel to the University of Georgia May 23-28 for the NCAA Individual Championships. Griffith will compete in the singles draw, while Whoriskey and Zubor will team up to participate in the doubles competition.

No. 16 Vanderbilt University 4, No. 21 Tennessee Lady Vols 0
1. No. 19 Amanda Fish (VU) vs. No. 26 Blakeley Griffith (UT) 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
2. No. 36 Amanda Taylor (VU) def. Ghizela Schutte (UT) 7-5, 6-0
3. No. 51 Catherine Newman (VU) vs. Connor Vogel (UT) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
4. No. 105 Taka Bertrand (VU) def. Caitlin Whoriskey (UT) 7-5, 6-2
5. Courtney Ulery (VU) def. Samantha Orlin (UT) 7-5, 6-0
6. Liberty Sveke (VU) vs. Zsófia Zubor (UT) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
1. No. 8 Amanda Taylor/Amanda Fish (VU) vs. No. 28 Caitlin Whoriskey/Zsófia Zubor (UT) 5-4, unfinished
2. Taka Bertrand/Catherine Newman (VU) def. Ghizela Schutte/Connor Vogel (UT) 8-2
3. Courtney Ulery/Liberty Sveke (VU) def. Blakeley Griffith/Samantha Orlin (UT) 8-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,4)

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