Tennessee struggled to its worst round of the 1997-98 season Monday as the

Vols posted a final round 313 to finish the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships

in Jacksonville, Fla. The Vols totaled rounds of 295-299-313--907 to finish

16th in an 18-team field at par 72, 6,865-yard Queen's Harbor Yacht and

Country Club.

South Carolina led the tournament all the way with rounds of 277-282-290--849

to finish 15-under par. Augusta State finished a distant second with 864

strokes, 15 strokes behind the Gamecocks. Individually, Phil Walker of Arkansas

took medalist honors with a 69-71-70--210, six-under par. George McNeill

of Florida State and Mike Vallillo of LSU tied for second with 211 strokes


Freshman Kariem Baraka led the Vols with rounds of 74-72-75--221, five-over

par. The Gruenvald, Germany, native finished tied for 36th. Sophomore Derrick

Centers placed tied for 60th with a 227. Junior Kevin Law followed with

a 228 to tie for 64th. Freshman Andy Brimer placed 74th after carding a

234. Freshman Phanthep Somsamart wrapped up Vol scoring with a 239 to place


The Vols return to action March 20-22 at the Alabama Spring Invitational

Tennis Vols Shock Gators

The No. 59 Vol men's tennis team (7-1 overall, 2-1 SEC) upped its winning

streak to seven by defeating SEC rival and No. 9-ranked Florida Sunday in

Gainesville, Fla. The Vols rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take four straight

matches and the win. The Vols are off to their best start since they also

began the 1995 season 7-1.

Tennessee began the contest inauspiciously as they lost the doubles point

for only the second time this season. At No. 1 doubles, No. 14 Chad Copenhaver

and Mark Way were upset by Florida's Jeff Morrison and Nathan Overholser

8-3. At No. 2 doubles, Tennessee won their lone doubles match as Juan Gamboa

and Paul Podbury defeated Justin O'Neal and Jack Whigham 8-4. At No. 3 doubles,

Mark Parsons and Kaspar Rasmussen were defeated by Amr El Sawaf and Dylan

Mann 8-2.

Florida struck first in singles with straight set wins at the Nos. 1

and 3 positions. At No. 1 singles, Podbury was dropped by No. 100 O'Neal

6-1, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Copenhaver lost to Jon Glover 6-4, 6-3. However,

the wins at Nos. 1 and 3 were also the last for the Gators. Tennessee dominated

the lower half of the lineup. At No. 4 singles, Parsons upset No. 66 Morrison

in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 5 singles, Gamboa beat El Sawaf 6-2,

7-6 (3). Rasmussen defeated Mann 6-3, 0-6, 6-4. In the clinching match,

Tennessee's way beat Overholser 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

The Vols conclude their three-match road trip on March 9 in Auburn, Ala.,

Men's Track Takes Fifth at SEC Indoors

Tennessee's men's track and field program took home a fifth-place finish

on Sunday at the SEC Indoor Championships in Baton Rouge, La., with its

65-point total. The Arkansas Razorbacks won their second straight championship

and sixth indoor title overall since joining the conference in 1992 with

their 181 points. The Hogs were followed by LSU with 77 points, Florida

with 71 points in third and South Carolina with 70 points in fourth. Yet,

the Vols did have several athletes shine during the final day's competition.

In the 55 meter high hurdles, Dawane Wallace came home with a second-place

finish and a provisional time of 7.30. Also competing in the event for Tennessee

was Grant Cleghorn, who finished with a time of 7.70. Tyrone Graham continued

his strong performances in 1998 with a 6.25 showing in 55-meter dash which

was only .03 seconds above his season-best time of 6.22 at Virginia Tech's

Valentine's Classic.

In the finals of 800-meter run, freshmen Chris Hendrix-Buxton had an

outstanding performance with his season-best time of 1:52.07 and a fifth-place

finish. Also, the Vols' Russell Frye posted another provisional time with

his third-place mark of 21.40 in the 200-meter dash.

Senior Bob Dickie concluded his run of SEC Indoor Championships with

a strong sixth-place showing in the 5,000-meter run with is time of 14:37.06.

The Vols' distance medley relay corps also posted a successful mark on the

day when Josh Mears, Dawane Wallace, Chris Hendrix-Buxton and Doug Ellington

ran a season-best time of 10:02.02 in the event and finished a strong second

only .25 seconds behind Arkansas' individual championship squad.

Finally, Vols Tim Bell and Diondre Jackson once again finished with equal

heights in the high jump as each cleared the bar at 6-9 3/4.

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