The No. 12 Tennessee men's tennis team (5-1) dropped its first match of the

year to No. 16 Harvard on Sunday. The Vols were defeated 6-1 by the Crimson

in the Harvard Invitational in Boston, Mass.

Tennessee battled highly-touted Harvard in doubles play. However, the Vols

came up empty as the Crimson won all three matches and the doubles

point.

At No. 1 doubles, Tennessee's Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way lost to

fifth-ranked James Blake and Kunj Majmudar, 8-6. In No. 2 doubles, Vols

Peter Handoyo and Mark Fitzpatrick were defeated by No. 8 Scott Clark and

Mike Passarella, 8-6. At No. 3 doubles, Mark Parsons and Paul Podbury

dropped their match to John Doran and Joe Green, also by a score of

8-6.

The Vols didn't fare much better in singles play. The men in orange and

white only took one of the six singles matches. At No. 1 singles, No. 10

Handoyo was defeated by Blake, the top-ranked player in the nation, 7-5,

6-2.

Handoyo's record is now 30-8.

In No. 2 singles, Way was beaten by No. 55 Majmudar, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-0. No.

46 Parsons fell to Doran 6-3, 7-5 in No. 3 singles.

Podbury lost a close one at No. 4 singles to Passarella, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

True freshman Adam Carey posted Tennessee's lone win of the day at No. 5

singles. Carey defeated Green 6-2, 6-2 to give the Vols their point.

At No. 6 singles, Fitzpatrick lost a three-setter to Clark, 6-3, 4-6,

6-1.

On Saturday in Boston, the Vols defeated Tulsa 5-2 as they swept the three

doubles matches.

Handoyo lost to Gareth Williams 6-0, 6-2, but Way, Parsons, Podbury and

Carey all picked up singles wins for Tennessee.

The Vols travel to Seattle, Wash., Thursday to take part in the USTA/ITA

National Team Indoor Championships. The Vols are slated to face No. 5

Illinois in the first round of the team tournament.

Golf finishes ninth in Florida

The University of Tennessee men's golf team fell from sixth place to ninth

after the deciding round of the Nations Bank Gator Invitational in

Gainesville, Fla.

The Vols shot rounds of 288-290-298--876, three strokes from seventh

place.

Freshman Jason Powell fired rounds of 72-70-75--217, to lead Tennessee.

Sophomore Andy Brimer (220) and junior Derrick Centers (221) finished tied

for 29th and 34th for the Vols.

The tournament hosts, Florida, stole the tournament title with scores of

267-279-285--831, nine-over par. Augusta State fired a 54-hole total of 851

to hold on to second place, while Mississippi State finished third with a

score of 855.

Florida's Steve Scott posted a 63-71-69--203 to take the individual title.

Augusta State's Jamie Elson finished one stroke behind Scott to finish in

second place.

The Vols will return to Florida for their next event, Feb. 28-March 1, at

the Mercedes-Benz Classic. The tournament will be held at the Queen's

Harbour and Yacht Club in Jacksonville.