Despite a valiant effort, the Tennessee Lady Vols dropped their first home

match of the season 0-3 (12-15, 12-15, 4-15) to South Carolina on Sunday.

With the loss, Tennessee falls to 13-5 (3-3 SEC) overall while the

Gamecocks improve to 17-3 (5-2 SEC) on the year.

"We had opportunities in games one and two to take control of the match,

but we broke down and that allowed South Carolina to come back and finish

the match strong," Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said.

Senior Mary Heinecke led the Lady Vols as she recorded 13 kills and tallied

a team-high .448 hitting percentage. She shared top dig honors with senior

Lynn Lovingier with eight apiece.

Redshirt freshman Ariana Wilson added 14 kills while junior Chris Jestila

registered 10.

Tennessee will resume action on Friday with a 7 p.m. (CT) match against

Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lady Vols soccer drops conference match

The Tennessee Lady Vol soccer team entertained Kentucky on Sunday

afternoon in a battle for the third-place position in the SEC's Eastern

Division, as both the Wildcats and Tennessee were 3-2 heading into the

contest.

UT freshman Tara Minnax broke a scoreless tie in the 52nd minute with a

shot from left wing to give head coach Charlie MacCabe's club a 1-0

advantage. The play developed off a pass in the middle from freshman

Allison Campbell to sophomore Laura Lauter. From there, Lauter found Minnax

for the midfielder's third goal of the season.

Kentucky answered with a goal of its own seven minutes later, as junior Jen

McMaster stole the ball deep in Tennessee territory and knocked a shot past

Lady Vol freshman goalkeeper Ellen Dean. The Wildcats broke the deadlock in

the 66th minute when McMaster blasted a ball from the right side of the

18-yard mark over the outstretched arms of Dean.

Kentucky notched another goal just 27 seconds later when junior Brooke

Hergesell took a feed from senior Carrie Staber and found the back of the

net. Despite outshooting Kentucky, 18-13, the Orange and White endured its

second consecutive defeat. With the triumph, the Wildcats moved to

7-5-2.

Tennessee, now 8-7 overall (3-3 SEC), will close its league action next

weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Lady Vols head to Starkville, Miss., for

a 4 p.m. (CT) match at Mississippi State (2-11, 0-5 SEC). Next Sunday, UT

will encounter arch-rival Georgia in a contest to be broadcast live by FOX

Sports South at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Mercedes Championships results

After a four-hole playoff, Stacy Prammanasudh from the University of

Tulsa parred hole four for the individual title at the 1998 Mercedes-Benz

Women's Collegiate Championships in Knoxville on Sunday.

Prammanasudh and Georgia's Laura Henderson were sent into a sudden-death

playoff after finishing tied at two-over (218) for the tournament. Duke

moved ahead of Tulsa on the final day to win the team championship at

Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club with a score of 892.

"It was a rough day, but I came out on top after a hard fight,"

Prammanasudh said. "I took one shot at a time in the playoff and luckily

hit a good shot on the fourth hole."

The Blue Devils ended the second day of the 54-hole event, hosted by UT, 11

strokes behind Tulsa. With the help of Beth Bauer's 67 in the third round,

Duke captured the title by 13 strokes over Tulsa. The Blue Devils totaled

892 on the tournament, carding a 291 in the final round. Tulsa finished at

905 and UGA took third with a 908.

"I think this tournament was won on the last six or seven holes," said Duke

head coach Dan Brooks. "It was really even after 13 holes and it made it

more exciting."

The tournament-host Lady Vols moved up a notch to finish 10th with a

three-day total of 928. Freshman Young-A Yang stayed on top of the

Tennessee effort, cracking the top 10 for the first time this season with

rounds of 77-74-73 to finish in a 10th-place tie. Junior Stacy Bergman

posted four birdies in the final round to end tied for 37th (234). Senior

Jessica Lindbergh (235) finished tied for 43rd along with teammate Tina

Schneeberger. Sophomore Anna Umemura (259) ended 89th to round out the team

scoring.

The Lady Vols return to action Nov. 6-8 for the Golf World--Palmetto

Dunes Collegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.