Netters whip Georgia Southern

A new format didn't stop Tennessee's tennis team from beating Georgia Southern 4-3 Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla. Instead of six singles matches and a doubles point, one point each was awarded for five singles matches and two doubles matches.

The Vols swept the doubles matches and took a 2-0 lead into the singles portion of competition.

Tennessee won the first two singles matches completed, building its lead to 4-0. The Eagles rallied for wins at the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 positions to secure the final score.

UT's singles winners were Simon Rea (6-1, 6-1 over Danie Van Den Heever) at No. 2 and Mark Henderson (6-3, 6-3 over Stephen Dubienski) at No. 5. Rea has lost just 10 games in his last three singles matches and has given up no more than three games in any set during that span. The New Zealand native's overall season singles record stands at a team-best 22-6.

"Today was another fine performance by Simon Rea," UT coach Michael Fancutt said. "He is doing a good job of leading the team both on and off the court."

Henderson, who has struggled lately, broke a three-match singles losing streak.

UT's doubles wins came from Rea and Henderson at No. 2, plus Mark Dietrich and Wade Orr at No. 1. Rea and Henderson combined to beat Van Den Heever and Vincent Patry 8-5. Dietrich and Orr tripped Ulie Ebensperger and Noah Tyler by the same score.

Vol freshman Rawl Martin missed the match to join his family in Memphis, where the family was mourning the death of his grandmother.

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