Collegiate golfers across the U.S. are gearing up for the 1998 Tennessee

Tournament of Champions, which begins today and runs through Tuesday. It is

a part of the Rolex Collegiate Tour.

The tournament schedule calls for 54 holes to be played over the two days.

The first and second rounds will be played today, with the final 18 holes

on Tuesday, followed by an awards ceremony.

Fox Den Country Club is the site of the tournament. This will be the

par-72, 7,142-yard course's inaugural season hosting the TTOC.

The hosting Volunteers, making their only in-state tournament appearance of

the 1998-99 season, will attempt to top a talented field of 14. The

participating teams include Arkansas, Auburn, East Tennessee State, Florida

Southern, Florida State, Furman, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, NC

State, North Florida, Southern California, Tennessee and Virginia.

Five of the teams in the field are ranked in the top 25 of the MasterCard

Collegiate Gold Ranking's latest poll. They are Arkansas (No. 15), ETSU

(No. 18), Auburn (No. 19), USC (No. 24) and NC State (No. 25).

Mississippi State was last year's TTOC team champion. The defending champs

fired a three-round total of 852 to take the honors.

Lady Vols compete at UNLV

Tennessee freshmen Melling Parks and Agnes Wiski each recorded singles

titles on Saturday as they led the Lady Vols in final-round action at the

UNLV Fall Invitational in Las Vegas.

Parks defeated sophomore teammate Catherine Hall, 6-4, 6-2, for the flight

'D' title. Wiski beat Lady Vol sophomore Candy Reid, 6-4, 6-4, to earn the

flight 'B' title. With the victories, Parks and Wiski improved their

records to 5-1 on the season.

Senior Emily Woodside triumphed over UT sophomore Vinny Seiverling, 6-1,

6-1, to earn flight 'A' third-place honors. Freshman Alison Ojeda battled

back from a 0-6 loss in the first set to win the next two, 6-2, 6-2, to

notch a victory over Jen Howard of Minnesota. With the win, Ojeda picked up

second-place laurels in flight 'C'.

In doubles action, the duo of Reid and Ojeda improved their record to 5-1

this season with an 8-5 decision over Kim Kelly and Brooke Leavens of BYU

for the flight 'A' title. The twosome of Parks and Hall fell in the flight

'B' title match, 8-1, to Nora Sauska and Jen Howard of Minnesota.

The Lady Vols will next be in action Oct. 9-12 when they travel to Baton

Rouge, La., for the SEC Coaches' Tournament.

Vols sweep the Golden Gophers

The Tennessee men's tennis team took six of six singles matches from

Minnesota on Saturday at the Fluitt Tennis Classic in Lexington, Ky. Four

of the six victories came in straight sets.

The Vols began the sweep with No. 97 Peter Handoyo defeating Tyson Parry,

5-7, 6-0, 6-4, in No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, No. 100 Mark Parsons

beat Adam Selkirk, 6-3, 6-0. In No. 3 singles, Mark Fitzpatrick bested

Martin Michalowski, 6-4, 6-4.

Paul Podbury beat Jorge Duenas, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 4 singles play. In No. 5

singles, Chad Copenhaver defeated Ryan Davies, 7-5, 6-4. At No. 6 singles,

Andy Crews defeated Martin Kristofferson, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

On Friday, the Vols took five of six singles matches from Kentucky and took

two of three doubles matches against Minnesota.

However, the Vols took just one of six matches against Illinois. Parsons

claimed the lone win in No. 3 singles against Illinois by defeating Jakub

Tepley, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.

Results of Sunday's matches were not available at press time.

Lady Vols volleyball wins again at home

Behind the strength of four service aces from freshman Stephanie Knight,

Tennessee defeated Ole Miss 3-1 (15-4, 8-15, 15-10, 15-3) on Friday at

Stokely Athletics Center. With the win, the Lady Vols (8-3, 1-1 SEC)

improve to 5-0 on the season at home.

Ole Miss fell to 6-9 (0-3 SEC) on the year.

"I thought we played well," said UT head coach Rob Patrick. "Since we are

so young, we had a stretch of inconsistencies and, luckily, those were only

a factor in game two."

Redshirt freshman Ariana Wilson led UT with 18 kills, while junior Chris

Jestila added 15. In only her second career start, freshman Erica Lear

registered a career-high 51 assists. Jestila and Lear led the Lady Vols in

digs with 15 and 11, respectively.

Senior Mary Heinecke led the team with a .417 (13-3-24) hitting percentage.

She also added 13 kills and nine digs for the Lady Vols.

As a team, UT had a hitting percentage of .242, compared to Ole Miss, which

had an attack mark of .087.

Tennessee hosted SEC Western Division foe Mississippi State on Sunday.

Results were not available at press time. The Lady Vols close out their

three-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. against Appalachian State.