The 12th-ranked Tennessee men's tennis team (15-6, 5-3 SEC) defeated

63rd-ranked Auburn (7-12, 0-8) 4-3 on a windy and warm Friday afternoon at

the Varsity Courts.

Friday was also Senior Day as the Vols took to the home hardcourts for the

last time this season. Tennessee's two seniors were crucial to the win.

Senior co-captains Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way won every time they stepped

on the court Friday.

"Today was Senior Day and, fittingly, the match was won by our two senior

co-captains," UT head coach Michael Fancutt said. "It shows the depth of

our team when Peter Handoyo, ranked 12th, and Mark Parsons, ranked 35th,

and Adam Carey, who has won most of his matches this year, lose and we can

still win the day.

"Last year, Auburn defeated us in the NCAA Regionals to end our season, so

getting revenge today was especially sweet."

The Vols have won six of their last seven matches. With the win, the Vols

surpassed last year's 14-win total in Fancutt's first season. The 15 wins

also give the 1999 Vols more wins than any Tennessee squad since 1995

(19-9). No strangers to close calls, the Vols notched their seventh 4-3

victory of the season.

The Vols grabbed the first point of the contest by sweeping all three

doubles matches for the second consecutive match. At No. 1 doubles,

29th-ranked Carey and Parsons struck first by besting George Matijasevic

and Tiago Ruffoni 8-2. Carey and Parsons own a 7-1 record.

At No. 2 doubles, Mark Fitzpatrick and Way added another victory by beating

Mark Kovacs and Marcel Mizerski 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, Copenhaver and

Handoyo defeated Peter McGuone and Estevan Strecker 8-6. Copenhaver and

Handoyo ran their record to 6-1. Tennessee stands 12-1 this season after

winning the doubles point and 6-0 after sweeping all three doubles matches.

After a mid-season slump, Tennessee has won the doubles point seven of the

last eight matches.

Winning the doubles point proved critical as the Vols and Tigers split the

six singles matches. At No. 6 singles, Fitzpatrick took the first singles

win by defeating McGuone 6-2, 6-3. At No. 4 singles, Copenhaver put

Tennessee up 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mizerski. At No. 1 singles,

Kovacs upset 12th-ranked Handoyo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. At No. 3, Way clinched the

win for UT by defeating Ruffoni 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to up the score to 4-1.

Matijasevic upset Parsons 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, and Strecker defeated Carey, 6-3,

4-6, 6-4, to make it 4-3.

The Vols hit the road to take on No. 7 Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sunday at

3:30 p.m.