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

Athletics Center.

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.