For Peyton Manning, Saturday, April 18, will be a day to remember, and not

just because that's when the former Tennessee quarterback officially launches

his NFL career.

As part of the Orange and White spring game festivities, the University

of Tennessee will observe Peyton Manning Appreciation Night. It's the evening

the University will pay homage to Manning, the all-time SEC passing leader

who sparked the Vols to three straight top 10 finishes in the national polls

and the 1997 Southeastern Conference championship.

In an elaborate halftime ceremony, Manning's jersey will be retired,

earmarked for future display in the Hall of Fame museum at the Neyland-Thompson

Sports Center.

Before the pro draft gets very far into the first round that morning,

Manning will have found out where his future football home will be, by most

accounts, either in Indianapolis or San Diego.

That little career move out of the way, the most decorated player in

Tennessee football history will then fly to Knoxville to participate in

UT's celebration of his extraordinary four years as the Vols' signal-caller.

"This is an opportunity for Vol fans to express to Peyton their

appreciation for how much he has done for the University," athletics

director Doug Dickey said. "Every penny of gate receipts from the Orange

and White game will be turned over to the Peyton Manning Scholarship Fund."

Head coach Phil Fulmer was pleased Vol fans will have one more chance

to honor Tennessee's all-time passing leader. "Peyton has given us

some great memories over the past four years, and now this is our chance

to create one for him," he said.

Kickoff for the intrasquad game, climaxing spring practice for the 1998

Diamond Vols beat ETSU

Travis Copley collected four hits, including a double and his third home

run, as the No. 18 Tennessee Volunteers (23-9) defeated the East Tennessee

State Buccaneers (8-21), 9-5, Wednesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

In only his second start, Jason Adams (1-0) earned his first victory

of the season, tossing five no-hit innings before Travis Blevins broke it

up with a bunt single to lead off the sixth. Adams allowed one run on three

hits before leaving the game in the sixth with a sore elbow.

Clark Odom picked up his fourth save, pitching 2 1/3 shutout innings

to finish the game.

Heath Doyle (2-6) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on 14 hits.

Jason Clabo got things started for the Vols with a two-run home run in

the second to go along with Justin Ross's two-run double, as the Vols took

a 4-0 lead.

Kurt Keene then delivered a two-out two-run triple in the third as Tennessee

extended its lead to 6-0.

Tennessee begins an eight-game road trip as they face the Georgia Bulldogs

Lady Vols lose to Vanderbilt

Tennessee's No. 12 women's tennis team was defeated by No. 17 Vanderbilt


The Lady Vols fell to 14-6 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. In last season's

meeting UT defeated Vandy 5-4, but they came up short this season with a

5-1 singles loss before the doubles action began.

The Lady Commodores started Wednesday's play with a 3-0 lead after the

first three singles matches. At No. 1, UT's 21st-ranked Manisha Malhotra

fought in a three-set defeat with VU's Julie Ditty, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Vanderbilt

also picked up the win in No. 2 singles, where Kristen Radford defeated

Whitney Dill 6-3, 7-6 (2). In Tennessee's only singles win, freshman Vinny

Seiverling beat Kristy Blumberg, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles action, the duo of Malhotra and Megan Russell overpowered

Vanderbilt's Ditty and Blumberg, who are currently ranked 28th, 8-6.

The Lady Vols will begin a two-game homestand against LSU on Saturday

and versus Florida on Sunday. Both matches will begin at noon.

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