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
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
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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