The No. 12 Tennessee men's tennis team (6-3, 0-0 SEC) lost its match with

No. 8 Pepperdine in Saturday's third-round consolation match at the

USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.

The Vols finished the tournament 1-2. Tennessee lost to No. 5 Illinois 4-2

in the first round. Illinois played in Sunday's final against the winner of

Saturday's Duke/UCLA match. Results were not available at press time. In

Saturday's semifinal match, Illinois snapped No. 1 Stanford's 45-match win


The Volunteers defeated No. 16 Harvard 4-3 in the second-round consolation

match. Tennessee will get a chance to avenge the loss to Pepperdine as the

two teams meet again on March 19 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Tennessee lost the doubles point in the match against the Waves. At No. 1

doubles, Tennessee's Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way had their match with No.

10 Kelly Gullett and John Hui suspended because Pepperdine had already won

the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches.

In No. 2 doubles, Peter Handoyo and Mirko Jovanovic lost to Sebastien

Graeff and Anthony Ross 8-4. In No. 3 doubles, Mark Parsons and Paul

Podbury were defeated by Eni Ghidirmic and Oliver Schweizer 8-6.

Tennessee took two of the six singles matches. At No. 1 singles,

fourth-ranked Handoyo was defeated by No. 27 Gullett in a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6

nail-biter. At No. 2 singles, co-No. 54 Parsons lost to Ghidirmic in

another three-set affair, 7-6, 1-6, 7-5.

In No. 3 singles, senior co-captain Way collected a 7-5, 6-3 victory over

Graeff. In No. 4 singles, Adam Carey of Tennessee dropped a three-setter to

Hui 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In No. 5 singles, Podbury lost to Ross 6-4, 6-3.

The Vols other win came in No. 6 singles, where freshman Jovanovic won his

first collegiate match by thumping Chase Exon 6-2, 6-2.

On Friday, the Vols claimed their biggest win of the season by beating No.

16 Harvard. The win avenged a 6-1 loss suffered by Tennessee at the hands

of the Crimson on Feb. 14 at the Harvard Invitational.

Tennessee took an early 1-0 lead by taking two of the three doubles

matches. At No. 2 doubles, Handoyo and Jovanovic registered an 8-6 upset

over 19th-ranked Scott Clark and Mike Passarella. In No. 3 doubles, Parsons

and Podbury defeated John Doran and Andrew Styperek 8-3.

The doubles point proved to be decisive as the Vols and Crimson split the

six singles matches down the middle.

At No. 1 singles, No. 4 Handoyo lost to top-ranked James Blake 7-5, 6-0.

Handoyo has dropped his last six matches but has only played two players

ranked below No. 8 during the losing streak.

In No. 2 singles, Parsons defeated No. 31 Kunj Majmudar 6-1, 6-4. Also, Way

beat Doran, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, and Podbury bested Joe Green, 7-6, 6-3, for the

Vols' other wins.

Tennessee begins the SEC dual match season with a home match against No. 66

Vanderbilt on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.