No. 19 Men's Tennis Falls 4-1 to No. 11 Mississippi at National Indoors
Feb. 13, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The 19th-ranked men’s tennis team (3-3) dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday in the consolation draw at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to No. 11 Mississippi (5-1). Freshman Jarryd Botha notched the Crimson Tide’s lone point in the match with a win at No. 4 singles.
“It was another tough match against a top team,” head coach Billy Pate said. “We had our chances, but again, we’re not playing as consistent as we would like in doubles. That put us in a hole as Ricky (Doverspike) and Michael (Thompson) were leading as the match was clinched. We felt we just needed one more person to step up for us to win.”
The Rebels got off to an early lead after securing the doubles point, but it wouldn’t come easily. After junior Tucker Vorster and freshman Jonas Lutjen got Mississippi on the board with an 8-2 win at No. 1 over Alabama sophomores Ricky Doverspike and Michael Davis, Alabama evened up the overall score with a win on court two. The Tide pair of senior Saketh Myneni and freshman Jarryd Botha topped Rebel sophomores Marcel and Chris Thiemann 8-5 forcing the decision to come down to the matchup at No. 3. Mississippi freshmen Adrian Forsberg Skogeng and Harry Fowler narrowly edged Alabama sophomore Michael Thompson and freshman Ian Chadwell for the 8-6 victory.
The Rebels would take a 2-1 lead with the first win in singles going to 61st-ranked Marcel Thiemann at No. 1, who picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win over 62nd-ranked Myneni. Botha’s win would come next on court four as the Tide rookie knocked off Forsberg Skogeng 6-3, 6-1 for Alabama’s only point in the match.
Mississippi’s final two wins came from the bottom of the lineup, first at No. 5 where Fowler earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over senior Houssam Yassine. Chris Thiemann ended the match at No. 6 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Chadwell.
As the match was called, Doverspike led No. 49 Vorster on court two 7-5, 2-3, and 123rd-ranked Thompson split sets with Lutjen at No. 3 with the Tide netter taking the first set 6-3 then falling 6-1 in the second. Thompson got an early break and led 2-0 in the third upon completion of the dual match.
“We’ll regroup and get ready to play another quality team with Baylor tomorrow,” Pate said following the day's matches.
The Tide will wrap up its trip at the Boar’s Head Sports Club Sunday when it takes on No. 5 Baylor at 5:30 p.m. (CST).