Conference tournament play Saturday in the semifinals, with a loss to the
University of Georgia in Lexington, Ky.
The loss gives the Lady Vols a 17-10 overall record and an 8-6 record
in the SEC.
Senior Erin Lowrey and freshman Vinny Seiverling won UT's only singles
matches against the second-seeded Lady Bulldogs. Lowrey defeated UGA's Jane
Reid in a hard fought three set match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 playing at No. 4 singles.
At No. 5 singles, Seiverling also won in a three set victory over Lauren
Rose 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Manisha Malhotra was defeated by Georgia's Marissa Catlin 6-1, 6-2 at
No. 1 singles. At No. 2 UGA's Aarthi Venkatesan rolled by UT's Margie Lepsi
6-2, 6-3. Whitney Dill was defeated at No. 3 singles by Vanessa Castellano
in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 match. And freshman Megan Russell, playing at No. 6 singles,
was defeated by Christa Gray 6-4, 6-1 in the last singles match of the day.
The Lady Bulldogs clinched the victory in doubles action winning at number
three. Playing at No. 3 doubles was the duo of Dill and Lowrey, who were
defeated by UGA's Gray and Rose, 8-3.
Tennessee advanced to the semifinals by defeating third-seeded Vanderbilt
5-4 in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Vols will now wait for the NCAA biding process to see if they
will proceed to the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament, which will be played
Lady Vols Track Finishes Fourth
The University of Tennessee's women's track and field team took on three
of the nation's top five teams on Saturday at Louisiana State University.
The Lady Vols made a respectable showing, finishing fourth with 32 1/2 points
in the Alumni Gold Meet at rain-soaked Bernie Moore Stadium.
Brigham Young University, ranked second in the nation, won the meet with
72 1/2 points. Host LSU, the No. 5 team in the nation, tallied 60 points
to place second, while No. 4 SMU came in third with 40.
Kelli White provided Tennessee with seven points, placing second in the
100-meter dash (11.58 seconds) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.81)
and running the anchor leg of the second-place 4x100-meter relay (44.57).
It was the first time during the 1998 outdoor season that White did not
win the 200 meters.
Other top-three individual finishers for UT included Leslie Henley (second,
10-8) and Beth Gehring (third, 10-2) in the pole vault, Meghan Mantlo (third,
18:26.76), Michelle Elfervig in the high jump (third, 5-6), Maureen Ferris
in the 1,500 meters (second, 4:32.86), Saidah Jones in the 400 meters (third,
54.54) and Erin Rinear in the 400-meter hurdles (third, 1:01.44).
Tennessee's 4x100 relay unit of Annisa Campbell, Erica Witter, Saidah
Jones and Kelli White, which automatically qualified for nationals at the
Sea Ray Relays last weekend, took second this time out. In the 4x400-meter
relay, Lesly Love, Janelle Briggs, Witter and Jones combined for a second-place
mark of 3:49.62.
On Wednesday the Lady Vols travel to Philadelphia, Penn., to take part
in the Penn Relays.
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