The No. 12 Tennessee men's tennis team took its second consecutive

O'Charley's/Vol Tennis Classic title Sunday by blanking William & Mary 5-0

in the final round.

The Vols improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season at the Goodfriend Tennis

Center.

Tennessee improved its overall play in singles and doubles on Sunday

following Saturday's 5-2 victory over Indiana. Winning the doubles point

pleased Tennessee head coach Michael Fancutt the most.

"I'm very pleased we won the doubles point because Indiana beat us in all

three doubles matches Saturday," he said. "Wake Forest swept Indiana in

doubles today and William & Mary swept Wake Forest in doubles Saturday. If

you look at that, by all rights we should have been killed in doubles

today. For us to come in and win today was a great effort."

"It's good to see us rise to the challenge. To beat them 5-0 is a good

indicator," Fancutt continued. "If we want to vie for the national

championship, we need to beat unranked teams soundly when we play

them."

Tennessee took two of three doubles matches to win the doubles point.

First, Tennessee's Mark Parsons and Paul Podbury defeated Tim Csontos and

David Kenas 8-4 in No. 3 doubles. William & Mary's Trevor Spracklin and Lee

Harang struck back by knocking off Tennessee's Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way

9-7 in No. 1 doubles.

With the doubles point on the line, Tennessee's Peter Handoyo and Mirko

Jovanovic edged past Patrick Brown and Brian Lubin 9-7. Tennessee led

William & Mary 1-0 entering the singles matches.

The Vols never looked back and won four straight singles matches to take

the 5-0 victory. Tennessee was again without the services of Mark

Fitzpatrick as he recovers from the flu. At No. 2 singles, No. 10 Handoyo

finished first by beating Harang 6-1, 7-6 (3). Handoyo, the highest-ranked

freshman in the nation, upped his record to 27-5. At No. 1 singles, Way

defeated No. 81 Spracklin 7-5, 7-6 (4).

At No. 4 singles, Podbury clinched the fourth point and the win for

Tennessee by knocking off Kenas 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Podbury stands 15-7 on the

season. The No. 3 singles match was also clinched as No. 46 Parsons

defeated Mehdy Karbid 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to make the final score 5-0. Parsons

ran his record to 19-5. The Nos. 5 and 6 singles matches were

suspended.

Handoyo will represent Tennessee and Region III Feb. 4-7 at the Rolex

National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas, Texas. He earned

the berth in the tournament by winning the Region III Indoor Championships

in Athens, Ga., in November.

Lady Vols tennis defeats Ohio State

The 26th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols rebounded after dropping a tough 5-4

decision at Kentucky on Saturday to defeat Ohio State by the same score on

Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

The Lady Vols won four of six singles matches in registering a 5-4 win over

the Buckeyes. The win improves the Lady Vols to 2-1 overall (1-1 SEC) while

OSU falls to 1-1 overall.

For the second consecutive day the No. 2 doubles tilt decided the outcome

of the match. After suffering a 9-7 loss at Kentucky, the duo of junior

Candy Reid and freshman Alison Ojeda gave Tennessee the victory over the

Buckeyes with an 8-6 win over Michelle Matko and Monica Rincon.

In singles, sophomore Vinny Seiverling recorded her third singles victory

of the dual season against no defeats with a 7-5, 6-0 decision over Claudia

Castro at No. 6.

Other winners in singles included: freshman Agnes Wiski, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at

No. 1 over Kristy Dascoli; Ojeda, 6-3, 6-3 over Brianna Harris at No. 2;

and freshman Dana Noel, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Kadri Kanepi at No. 5.

Tennessee will next compete on the road as they face No. 14 Arkansas on

Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark., at 11 a.m. CT.