Tennessee Lady Vols senior outside hitter and team tri-captain Mary

Heinecke has been chosen as the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Player

of the Week.

The honor marks the first time a Lady Vol has been chosen for the award

since Tamala Brightman on Oct. 19, 1993.

Heinecke helped guide the Lady Vols to three wins last week, including a

pair of victories over Kentucky, which is ranked fifth in the latest NCAA

District IV volleyball rankings. For the week, she averaged 4.1 kills, 1.5

digs, 0.7 blocks and a team-high .354 hitting percentage in three matches.

In a 3-0 win (15-11, 15-7, 15-13) triumphed over Western Carolina last

Tuesday, she registered 15 kills and a .484 attack mark. For the season,

she is averaging 3.19 kills, 2.63 digs and a .297 hitting percentage.

"It's great that Mary was recognized for her efforts," said Tennessee head

coach Rob Patrick. "She's been playing at a very high level all year, and I

think she deserves this honor, not only for this week, but for what she has

accomplished all season."

Behind the play of Heinecke and her Lady Vol teammates, Tennessee (17-6,

6-4, SEC) in the Eastern Division. The Lady Vols, who surpassed their win

total for all of 1997 with a 3-0 (15-6, 15-9, 15-5) victory over Kentucky

on Friday, are off to their best start since 1986.

The Lady Vols will next visit South Carolina on Friday in Columbia, S.C.,

at 7 p.m. before opposing Georgia (6-13, 4-6 SEC) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in

Athens, Ga.

Soccer wins two in Nashville

The Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team paced themselves with seven goals to

pick up a 7-5 win over Colorado College in Nashville, Tenn., on


The Lady Vols scored five goals within the first 23 minutes of play to go

up 5-0. Laura Lauter and Shayna Teutsch scored two goals apiece, while

Kelly Berrall added the fifth.

Colorado College brought the score within three, 5-2, when it tallied two

goals before the end of the first half from Brin Edwards and Kasey


In the 65th minute, CC scored on a Cara Crittenden header to make it


Tennessee bounced back with a goal four minutes later from Tara Minnax.

Kendyl Michner scored UT's seventh and final goal of the day in the 76th


Colorado College tried to rally at the end of the game. Krysten Wilde

scored on a deflection. In the game's final minute, Thea Roggeman cut the

Lady Vols' lead to 7-5.

Tennessee improved to 12-7 on the season and will head to the SEC

Tournament beginning Thursday. CC fell to 7-12-1 in their final game of the


On Friday, the Lady Vols shut out the Louisville Cardinals 6-0 in

Nashville. Allison Campbell and Minnax scored two goals apiece to lead UT

to the victory.

Kassie Kees and Sharon Kelly also found the back of the net for the Lady