The University of Tennessee's women's tennis team ended its 1998 Southeastern

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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