Three UT netters bow

Three Vol tennis players -- Mark Henderson, Wade Orr and Vincent Perna -- were defeated Sunday in the qualifying round of the UT/USTA Men's Pro Challenger at the UT's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center.

Perna, a freshman, lost to Danai Udomchoke of Thailand in 6-2, 6-3. Hamid Mirzadeh beat Orr 6-1, 6-2. Henderson fell 6-3, 6-2 to KJ Hippensteel.

''We had some tough losses today," Tennessee associate head coach Chris Mahony said. "Hopefully all three of the guys learned from the experience.''

Two Vol netters will begin play in the main draw today as wild-card entries.

Mark Dietrich, currently ranked No. 48 in the nation among collegiate players, will face the tournament's No. 3 seed, Martin Verkerk. A native of The Netherlands, Verkerk currently holds a ranking of 123rd in the world.

Joining Dietrich in the main draw Monday will be junior Simon Rea. Rea, who has posted a team-best singles record of 10-3, will play former Stanford standout Paul Goldstein. A member of four NCAA championship teams, Goldstein is currently ranked No. 173 in the world.

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