The Volunteer men's tennis team upped its winning streak to five by defeating

Furman 6-1 on Sunday at the University of Tennessee Indoor Tennis Center.

At 5-1, UT has already matched its win total from the 1997 season.

"Preparation-wise, we are right where we want to be at this stage

of the year," head coach Michael Fancutt said. "We have two weeks

to work on our fitness and preparation for the strong Southeastern Conference

schedule coming up.

"I see our tough SEC schedule as a bonus," he added. "It

gives us the opportunity to become a top 10 team and make the NCAAs this

year."

Tennessee began by capturing the doubles point. In No. 1 doubles, Vols

Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way lost to No. 40 Sam Schroerlucke and Adam Abney,

8-6. At No. 2 doubles, Tennessee's Paul Podbury and Juan Gamboa defeated

Drew Parker and Brian Gill, 8-3. At No. 3 doubles, UT's Mark Parsons and

Mark Fitzpatrick defeated Will Murphy and Lex Altman, 8-2.

With the exception of a loss at No. 1 singles, the Vols won every singles

match in straight sets. In the No. 1 slot, Way lost to No. 93 Schroerlucke,

6-3, 7-6(4). At No. 2 singles, Podbury beat Abney, 6-3, 6-4. In No. 3 singles,

Fitzpatrick bested Gill, 6-3, 6-1. In No. 4 singles action, Copenhaver defeated

Lee Nickell, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch Tennessee's fourth victory and the win.

The highlight of the day came at No. 5, where Parsons blanked Parker, 6-0,

6-0. Gamboa beat Brett Damadio, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 6 singles.

The Vols take to the courts again Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Nashville as they

meet SEC foe Vanderbilt.

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