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
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
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
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
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.
Vols, Lady Vols defeated at SEC tennis tourney
Published: Mon Apr 26, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:51 p.m.