The No. 23 Tennessee men's tennis team (9-2 overall, 4-2 Southeastern Conference)

defeated No. 20 Alabama 5-2 Saturday at the UT Indoor Tennis Center. The

victory marked the fourth time this season that the Vols have beaten a higher-ranked


Tennessee took the doubles point by sweeping all three doubles matches

for the second straight match. At No. 1 doubles, No. 18 Chad Copenhaver

and Mark Way defeated No. 25 Chris Lopez and Graydon Oliver 8-4. At No.

2 doubles, Juan Gamboa and Paul Podbury beat Ariel Rivero and Francisco

Rodriguez 8-5.

Singles play proved to be much closer. Mark Parsons, owner of a team-high

31-8 overall record, grabbed the first singles point at No. 4 by defeating

Oliver 7-6 (2), 6-2. At No. 3 singles, Fitzpatrick lost to No. 75 Lopez

2-6, 6-3, 6-0. After a three-match stint at No. 2 doubles, No. 88 Way returned

to No. 1 singles where he lost to No. 18 Rodriguez 6-4, 7-5.

With the Vols leading the match 3-2, the clinching fourth win came at

No. 2 singles. Podbury won the match when Rivero was disqualified in the

third set for three code violations. The score at the time of the disqualification

was knotted up 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 2-2.

The Vols return to the courts Friday to face No. 28 South Carolina in

Hampton Dismissed

Coach Phillip Fulmer has dismissed linebacker Anthony Hampton from the

squad for not fulfilling his personal obligations to the head football coach

and to the University of Tennessee football program. Hampton, a senior-to-be

from Englewood, N.J., played in all 13 games in 1997 and had 18 tackles

Vols Take Two

Two Tennessee track and field athletes participated in the 1998 Indoor

Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday. Russell

Johnson (pole vault) and Doug Ellington (5,000 meters) were picked from

the Vols' six athletes posting provisional qualifying marks to participate

in the championship event over the weekend.

There, Johnson and Ellington both fared well with each posting respectable

marks. In the 5,000-meter run, Ellington crossed the line in 11th place

in a time of 14:17.41. The pole vault proved to be much of the same as Johnson

also posted an 11th-place finish with a height of 17-4 1/2.

The Vols' indoor season has drawn to a close but the Big Orange open

outdoor competition next Saturday at Clemson in the Tigers' Clemson Relays

and in College Station Station, Texas, against Texas A&M.

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