Men's tennis equals best start

No. 14 Alabama (7-0) equaled its best start in school history on Wednesday, defeating Tennessee-Chattanooga, 7-0, at Tuscaloosa's Varsity Courts.

The Crimson Tide has begun three seasons with a 7-0 mark prior to this year, in 1993, 1976 and 1962. Alabama also moved up four spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings released Wednesday from No. 18 to No. 14.

Alabama seniors Brian Isern and Bradley Friedman scored the first match win of the day, an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles. Bama eventually swept the doubles. Isern said he wanted his class of seven seniors to leave a good impression for future Tide teams.

"I think we're really starting to develop into a team. We're all out to achieve team goals, not individual goals," Isern said. We all know what the season is going to bring, and this being our last year we want to give it everything we have."

Alabama rolled in singles play as well, scoring two-set victories in all six matches.

Alabama hosts a big match on Saturday, taking on 24th-ranked Ohio State (5-1). The Buckeyes' only loss of the season came to top-ranked UCLA last week. That match will take place at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

"It will be a fun match," Friedman said. "We want to make history at Alabama and show that we are one of the top teams in the country."

On Sunday, the Tide hosts No. 42 Florida State outdoors at Varsity Courts, weather permitting.

Alabama 7, UTC 0


1. Belski/Hiscox (UA) def.Ontog/Kane (UTC) 9-7
2. Boyles/Gostek (UA) def. Knizat/Kutschera(UTC) 8-6
3. Brian Isern/Bradley Friedman (UA) def. Kyle True/Hangstefer (UTC) 8-2


1. Maxim Belski(UA) def. Jason Ontog (UTC) 6-3, 7-6
2. Chris Gostek (UA) def. John Hangstefer (UTC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Geoff Hiscox (UA) def. Thomas Knizat(UTC) 6-0, 6-1
4. Christian Brodersen (UA) def. Dustin Kane (UTC) 7-5, 6-1
5. William Boyles (UA) def.Tim Kutschera (UTC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Tom Givan (UA) def. John Gamble (UTC) 6-1, 7-6

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