second in the 1998 Southeastern Collegiate Conference (SCC) Water Polo Championships,
held at the Olympic Pool in Atlanta on the campus of Georgia Tech, this
The Tennessee men's team fell to defending champion Florida 10-4 in Sunday's
championship game. The Vols took an early 1-0 lead, but the Gators grabbed
the momentum after junior and UT captain Jason Van Olst was ejected in the
In qualifying round play on Saturday, the Vols lost to Florida by the
same 10-4 score, but defeated the Auburn Tigers 13-6 to advance to Sunday's
semifinal round. In the semis, Tennessee and the North Carolina Tar Heels
were tied when freshman Kevin Heinrich scored a backhanded shot from four
meters out with 14 seconds left to lift the Vols to a 6-5 win, sending the
Vols to the championship game.
The Tennessee women's team participated in the first Women's SCC championship
on Saturday, and just like the men they were defeated by Florida in the
championship game. In reaching the final, the UT women notched wins over
Emory University and North Carolina.
Nikolas Mazis was the leading scorer for the men, with 13 goals in four
games, while Van Olst was second on the team with six goals in the tournament.
Freshman Erin Kilmoyer and sophomore Bettina McEntyre led the women's team
with three goals apiece.
The 1997-98 All-SCC teams were announced at the end of the championships,
with Tennessee placing one on the first team and two on the second. Mazis
was the Vols' first-team representative, while Van Olst and sophomore goalie
Brian Fowler took the second-team honors.
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