The Tennessee Volunteers cross-country team finished second Saturday at the
NCAA South Regional in Birmingham, Ala., and qualified for the NCAA
Championship on Nov. 23.
Senior Doug Ellington ran the 10-K course in 31:09, a time that was good
enough for a second-place finish behind the leader's time of 30:58 (Nic
Cider, UT-Chattanooga). The runner-up finish for Ellington was his second
in the last two weeks. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Ellington took second at the
SEC Championships as UT finished second behind Arkansas.
In Saturday's race, Tennessee-Chattanooga finished first with a score of
77, Tennessee totaled 92 and South Florida took third with 98. SEC rivals
Florida (126) and Georgia (175) rounded out the top five.
Juniors Anthony Famiglietti and Jon Jamison took eighth and ninth,
respectively. Junior Joe Dickson finished 33rd and junior Brac Salyers
rounded out UT's scoring with a 40th-place finish in the field of 166.
The trip to the NCAA Championship in Lawrence, Kan., will be the first for
the Vols since 1995 and the second under coach George Watts' tenure. Watts'
'95 squad was led by Tony Cosey, who earned All-America honors and featured
a freshman named Doug Ellington.
Lady Vols suffer rare home loss
Despite a spirited effort, the Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team
suffered only its second home loss of the season with a 3-1 (16-14, 4-15,
5-15, 5-15) setback to No. 5 Florida on Thursday night at the Stokely
With the loss, the Lady Vols fall to 17-9 overall and 6-7 in the SEC, while
Florida improves to 25-2 (13-0 SEC).
"I don't think the score really tells how close the match really was," said
Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick. "I think it gave us a lot of confidence
to play with a top-10 team. We weren't intimidated at all and it was
tremendous for us to go out there and stand toe-to-toe with them."
Redshirt freshman Ariana Wilson led the Lady Vols with 19 kills. Also in
double-digits in kills was junior Chris Jestila and freshman Stephanie
Knight with 18 and 11, respectively. Freshman Erica Lear added 51 assists
and led Tennessee with 11 digs.
As a team, Tennessee registered a .134 hitting percentage while Florida
posted an attack mark of .323.
The Lady Vols will conclude their regular season with a rescheduled match
against LSU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark. The match, which
will precede the SEC Tournament to be held Nov. 20-22 in Fayetteville, was
originally slated for Sept. 27 in Baton Rouge, La. The match was canceled
due to Hurricane Georges.
Runners take second in NCAA regionals
Published: Mon Nov 16, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:41 p.m.