The 12th-ranked Tennessee tennis team (17-9, 7-6 SEC) was eliminated from

the SEC Championships Friday as 13th-ranked LSU (14-6, 8-4) defeated the

Vols 4-1 in the quarterfinal round in Gainesville, Fla.

With the win, LSU avenged a 4-3 loss at the hands of Tennessee on March

31.

Tennessee put itself in a hole early by being edged for the doubles point.

In No. 3 doubles, the Vols struck first as Chad Copenhaver and Peter

Handoyo breezed past Jonas Samuelsson and Jesse Smatt, 8-2. At No. 1

doubles, LSU evened things up when Michal Chmela and Daniel Kiernan topped

32nd-ranked Adam Carey and Mark Parsons, 8-6. The No. 2 doubles match

proved to be a barnburner as 37th-ranked Tom Hand and Ed Rubin broke Mark

Fitzpatrick's and Mark Way's seven-match winning streak with a 9-8 (8) win

to give LSU a 1-0 lead.

At No. 6 singles, Samuelsson upped LSU's lead to 2-0 by notching a win

after Fitzpatrick retired the match with the score 6-2, 5-0. Freshman Carey

posted UT's lone singles win at No. 5 by defeating Smatt, 6-4, 6-1, to make

it 2-1. Carey owns a 19-6 overall record.

At No. 2 singles, 51st-ranked Hand defeated 41st-ranked Parsons, 6-3, 6-4,

to run the Tigers' lead to 3-1. At No. 1 singles, 24th-ranked Chmela topped

13th-ranked Handoyo, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, to clinch the fourth point and the win

for LSU.

The remaining matches at Nos. 3 and 4 were not completed.

The Vols will now await their NCAA Championship assignment for the first

and second rounds. The NCAA will make the announcement on Wednesday, May

5.

Lady Vols fall to Florida

The Lady Vol tennis team ran into a steamroller at the SEC Championships

on Friday morning as top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Florida

defeated Tennessee 6-0 at Robinson Tennis Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

With the loss, Tennessee falls to 16-7 overall and 6-7 in the SEC, while

the Gators improve to 25-0 overall (12-0 SEC). The win was UF's 68th

straight in SEC action and 52nd consecutive overall.

"Florida is a very good team," said UT co-head coach Mike Patrick. "We have

a young team and we had a chance to win a couple of the first sets. This is

a good experience for our young team."

In singles, the Lady Vols went up against five players ranked in the top 50

of the latest ITA rankings. Senior Emily Woodside saw her singles winning

streak snapped at 18 matches after she dropped a 6-2, 6-3, decision to No.

17 Stephanie Hazlett at No. 3 singles.

The doubles matches were not contested after Florida won the match in

singles play.

The Lady Vols will now await word to see if they have been awarded a berth

in one of the eight, eight-team NCAA regionals, which begin play on May 14.

The tournament pairings will be announced on Tuesday, May 4.