The University of Tennessee's men and women's water polo club teams finished

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

past weekend.

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

first quarter.

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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