The NCAA has declared Tennessee signee Rashad Moore eligible to play for

the Vols and enroll in school, overturning an earlier decision to deny his

appeal of ineligibility, family members said.

Moore, a defensive tackle from Huntsville, Ala., signed with Tennessee in

February. He met NCAA standards on his ACT and in his core courses, but he

failed the English portion of his Alabama high school exit exam, preventing

him from getting his high school diploma.

Family members said a special NCAA committee overturned the earlier ruling

and declared the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Moore eligible.

He was to begin classes Monday and undergo a physical.

He could start practice with the Vols as early as this week.

Lady Vols win thriller in OT

Laura Lauter netted a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, as

the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team defeated South Carolina 3-2 on Sunday

in Columbia.

The victory snapped Tennessee's three-game losing streak and evened their

Southeastern Conference record at 1-1. Tennessee is 2-3 overall.

South Carolina fell to 3-1-1 (1-1 in SEC).

Tennessee got on the board first just six minutes into the match with

Lauter's first goal off of an assist from freshman Allison Campbell. Lauter

won the one-on-one battle with the Gamecocks keeper, Carrie Warner. Warner

later left the match due to heat exhaustion and was replaced by Emily


Jennie Ondo tied the score at one apiece in the 19th minute with a header

off a deep cross from Melinda Carter.

Ondo's fifth goal of the season gave South Carolina a 2-1 lead in the 34th

minute. After beating three Lady Vol defenders, Ondo slipped the ball past

Tennessee goalkeeper Ellen Dean.

Lauter pulled the Lady Vols even in the 73rd minute and then won the match

in the fourth minute of overtime, with assists from Natalie Balash and

Kelly Berrall, to complete her first collegiate hat trick and give the Lady

Vols a much-needed victory.

Dean, who replaced Sarah Shivley in goal, made seven saves to pick up her

first collegiate win.

Tennessee will complete their five-game road trip on Friday at North

Carolina-Asheville at 4 p.m. The Lady Vols will then return home Sunday to

face Xavier at the UT Soccer Complex at 2 p.m.