The University of Tennessee's women's tennis team began Southeastern Conference

tournament play by defeating Auburn on Thursday in Lexington, Ky.

The win gives the Lady Vols a 16-9 overall record and a 7-5 record in

the SEC.

The day began with senior Manisha Malhotra defeating the Tigers' Ali

LaGrange 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, UT's Margie Lepsi

rolled by Auburn's Heidii Stewart 6-2, 6-4.

Whitney Dill defeated AU's Lucy Altman in No. 3 singles, in a hard-fought

7-5, 7-6 match. Tennessee's third senior, Erin Lowrey, rolled over Carolyn

Virginia Kozlowski 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.

UT's freshmen saw their first-ever SEC tournament action, with both winning

singles matches. Vinny Seiverling topped Tara Fitzmorris, 6-3, 6-1 and Megan

Russell defeated Summa Edwards, 6-0, 6-3.

The Lady Vols will play in the second round of the tournament today,

Diamond Vols win, break losing streak

Justin Ross went 3-for-4 with a home run and drove in three runs as Tennessee

(27-14) defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 13-6, at Lindsey Nelson

Stadium on Wednesday.

The Eagles outhit the Vols 15-12 and left 15 men on base, but the Vols

took advantage of four errors for their seventh-straight non-conference

win.

Ryan Browning led Tech with five hits, including a double.

Vols second baseman Jeff Pickler also extended his hitting streak to

20 games with a sixth-inning single.

Eric Henderson (2-0) picked up his second win in as many starts, allowing

three runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Joe Fellers (4-3), who came on in relief of starter Jason Broker, suffered

the loss, allowing three runs in one inning of work.

The Vols broke a 2-2 game open in the fifth with three runs. Sonny Cortez's

double, a single by Eduardo Figueroa and an Eagle error caused the damage.

Tennessee added six more in the sixth, keyed by Justin Ross' two-run

double, his 200th career hit, and Donnie Ross' pinch-hit two-run homer to

give the Vols an 11-3 lead.

The Vols play host to Arkansas in an important three-game series beginning

tonight at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are at 7 tonight, 3 p.m. Saturday

and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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