The No. 15 Tennessee men's tennis team (11-3 overall, 5-3 Southeastern Conference)

rallied from the edge of defeat to beat No. 29 Arkansas Friday afternoon

4-3 in the UT Indoor Tennis Center. The Vols came back from a 3-1 deficit

to win three consecutive matches and escape defeat. Tennessee hasn't been

ranked as high as 15th since March 18, 1995, when the Vols were ranked 13th.

Arkansas struck first by claiming the doubles point. Tennessee managed

their lone doubles win at No. 1, where No. 19 Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way

(20-8 overall) upset the No. 2 team in the nation, Arkansas' Tim Crichton

and Tom Hamilton (24-5 overall), 8-5. Arkansas took the two remaining doubles

matches.

Arkansas took the first singles win at No. 1 singles as Mark Fitzpatrick

lost to Crichton, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 4 singles, Paul Podbury scored UT's first

win by defeating Darin Phelan, 6-3, 7-6 (6). Following Oskar Johansson's

7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-2 victory over Mark Parsons at No. 3 singles, the Razorbacks

led the Vols 3-1, one point shy of a victory. Tennessee, however, took the

final three matches to grab the win.

At No. 2 singles, No. 94 Way defeated Hamilton, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. At No.

6 singles, UT's Juan Gamboa knotted the score at 3-3 as he beat Henrik Tofft,

6-2, 6-1, for his 10th consecutive win. Copenhaver's win at No. 5 singles

clinched the victory for the Vols. Playing with a sprained wrist, Copenhaver

beat Marc Serilli, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

The Vols battled No. 4 Mississippi State on Sunday in another home SEC

Diamond Vols split doubleheader

No. 18 Tennessee (24-10, 7-7 SEC) and Georgia (18-13, 5-9 SEC) spilt

a doubleheader at Foley Field in Athens, Ga., on Saturday. The Bulldogs

captured the first game 9-3, but the Vols came back to win the second game

7-5.

Georgia's Zack Frachiseur went the distance in the first game of the

twin-bill, brought on by a Friday rainout, and tied a career high with 11

strikeouts. Frachiseur cruised after the third inning, allowing no runs,

no walks, and retiring 13 consecutive Vol batters at one point.

Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Aaron Anthony's opposite-field

home run in the bottom of the inning tied the game at two. Travis Bailey

added a two-run shot in the bottom of the second to put the Bulldogs ahead

for good.

The Bulldogs took a one-run lead into the ninth inning of the second

game, but Tennessee struck for three runs by virtue of two home runs to

reclaim the lead. Travis Copley tied the game with a solo homer off of Georgia

reliever Andrew See. Chris Clark (2-2) replaced See and promptly gave up

a two-run game-winning shot to Kurt Keene.

Clark Odom (4-1) earned the victory in relief of Luke Hudson. Odom scattered

three hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings. Hudson allowed four runs on five

hits in 6 1/3 innings, while Georgia starter Cliff Brand lasted six innings,

giving up six hits and four runs.

Tennessee and Georgia completed their three-game series on Sunday. Results

Davis has surgery

Vegas Davis, a sophomore guard on the Tennessee men's basketball team,

underwent successful knee surgery recently to repair a torn posterior cruciate

ligament in his left knee. Davis, who missed 11 games with the injury last

season, will begin rehab immediately. The 6-3 Davis averaged 6.2 points

per game in 1998. He scored a career-high 23 points in the Vols' win over

Lady Vols lose tough one to LSU

Tennessee's 12th-ranked women's tennis team was defeated by No. 48 LSU

on Saturday. The Lady Vols fell to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the SEC.

The Lady Vols played a hard-fought contest only to come up short against

LSU playing outside on Saturday. At No. 1 singles, UT's 21st-ranked Manisha

Malhotra dropped a tough three-set match with LSU's Laura Olave, 6-3, 3-6,

7-6. In No. 2 singles play, Tennessee's Whitney Dill defeated LSU's Ana

Paula Mores 6-4, 7-5. Senior Erin Lowrey was defeated in a two-set match

by Jennifer Barr, 6-1, 7-5.

UT also dropped matches at No. 4 and 5 singles, but Candy Reid defeated

LSU's Nikki Rasheed 7-6, 7-5 at No. 6 after being down 5-0 in the second

set.

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

LSU's Olave and Fernanda Tsucamto at No. 1, 9-7. In UT's other doubles win

of the day, Dill and Lowrey defeated Weber and Jamie Valloton 8-5.

The Lady Vols finished their home season Sunday against Florida. Results

were not available at press time.

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