The 12th-ranked Tennessee tennis team (15-7, 5-4 SEC) fell to

seventh-ranked Georgia 4-3 Sunday in Athens, Ga.

The Vols came closer to knocking off perennial SEC power Georgia (16-4,

7-3) on Sunday than they have since the last Tennessee win in this series,

which came in 1993.

The single-point loss to the Bulldogs was the 10th match decided by one

point that the Vols have been involved in this season. Four of Tennessee's

last five matches have been decided by one point.

The Vols began the match by losing the doubles point for only the second

time in their last eight matches. The lost doubles point proved crucial to

Georgia's one-point win.

At No. 1 doubles, 29th-ranked Adam Carey and Mark Parsons were upset by

Hisham Hemeda and Adam Seri, 8-4. At No. 2 doubles, Mark Fitzpatrick and

Mark Way notched the lone Tennessee doubles win by topping Travis Parrott

and Sherif Zaher, 8-6.

In No. 3 doubles, Georgia's Chad Carlson and Michael Lang bested Chad

Copenhaver and Peter Handoyo, 8-4. Georgia led the Vols 1-0 entering

singles play.

In No. 1 singles, seventh-ranked Hemeda defeated 12th-ranked Handoyo 6-4,

6-2. Handoyo has lost four straight matches. At No. 2 singles, 35th-ranked

Parsons bested Talito Corrales 7-5, 6-4.

At No. 3 singles, Way rallied to upset 32nd-ranked Carlson in a 4-6, 7-5,

7-6 (5) thriller. Georgia clinched the win as Joey Pitts beat Copenhaver

6-1, 6-4 in No. 4 singles.

In No. 5 singles, 93rd-ranked Seri defeated Fitzpatrick 6-4, 6-4. In No. 6

singles, Tennessee's Carey topped Parrott 6-3, 6-2.

The Vols continue their road trip on Friday when they take on fourth-ranked

Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. On Saturday, Tennessee faces 22nd-ranked

Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.