The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team proved unequal to the task of

defeating defending SEC champion and fourth-ranked Florida on Sunday as the

Gators handed the Lady Vols only their third conference loss of the season

with a 3-0 (15-2, 15-4, 15-7) decision at the Stokely Athletic Center. The

defeat snaps UT's four-match winning streak and drops the Lady Vols to a

15-9 overall and 6-3 in the SEC , while Florida improves to 19-2 on the

season and a perfect 10-0 in the SEC.

"We had opportunities to score points today but our outside hitters really

did not have a good afternoon, so consequently we could not put the points

away," said Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick. "I thought we played great

defense and we competed with a lot of heart. The thing we need to do is to

get better at scoring points against a team like Florida. When that

happens, I think we will be fine."

At the head of the Lady Vol attack was Tennessee's Arizona connection of

sophomore middle blocker Stephanie Knight and freshman outside hitter Kelli

Scott. Knight had a fine outing as she registered a team-best .316 hitting

percentage to go along with 10 kills. Scott led the squad with 11 digs

while sophomore setter Erica Lear added 23 assists.

As a team, Tennessee recorded a .072 attack mark compared to Florida, which

connected for a .311 hitting percentage.

The Lady Vols' next opponent will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when they close

out non-conference play with a match against Georgia State at the Stokely

Athletic Center at 7 p.m.

Tennis Vols claim three titles at South Carolina Invitational

The Tennessee men's tennis team won two singles championships and one

doubles title on Sunday at the South Carolina Fall Invitational held on the

University of South Carolina campus.

Mark Parson cruised to victory in the A-1 flight by winning two matches on

Sunday. Parsons defeated Robert Steckley of South Carolina in the

semifinals 6-4, 6-1. He then defeated Josh Goffi of Clemson in the final

round 7-5, 6-4. Parsons did not lose a single set in any of his five

matches of the tournament's No. 1 draw.

Mark Fitzpatrick tasted victory twice on Sunday. He captured the singles

crown in the B-1 division by defeating Mita Pavlinic of Georgia State in

the semifinals 6-4, 6-4. He then beat Travis Parrot of Georgia in the

finals 6-3, 6-3.

Fitzpatrick then teamed up with doubles partner Paul Podbury to claim the

A-2a doubles championship. The duo defeated Matias Booker and Parrot of

Georgia 8-6 to win the Vols' third championship of the tournament.

The three titles are the first titles the Vols have won this season.