Sophomore Andy Crews won the first match of the 1999-2000 Tennessee tennis

season on Saturday in the prequalifying bracket of the T. Rowe Price Clay

Court Championships in Baltimore, Md. Crews, a native of Brentwood, Tenn.,

defeated Jason Moon of American in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Crews was to face Eleazar Magallan of Kansas on Sunday morning. The winners

of the third prequalifying round will advance to the qualifying round of

the tournament. The qualifying round will begin on Tuesday with the main

draw slated to begin on Thursday.

In the qualifying round, Adam Carey and Paul Podbury are slated to don the

orange and white for Tennessee in singles action while Peter Handoyo and

Crews will team in doubles qualifying play. In the main draw, Handoyo

earned a berth in singles play while Carey and Podbury will join in main

draw doubles action.

Lady Vol golfers open 1999-2000 campaign at Auburn

The University of Tennessee Lady Vol golf team will get the 1999-2000

season underway this week at the Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational in Auburn,

Ala., at the Saugahatchee Country Club. Hosted by Auburn, the event will

feature 36 holes of play on Monday, Sept. 20, followed by a final round of

18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

"We feel really good about this season and the tournament this week," said

head coach Lori Brock. "This team really gells as a unit, and they are

ready to come out strong."

A crew of six Lady Vols is anxious to hit the par 72, 6,049-yard layout and

start the season on a high note. Junior Anna Umemura (Honolulu), and

sophomores Carrie Cole (Mansfield, Texas), Tina Schneeberger (WR-Neustadt,

Austria) and Young-A Yang (Tae-Gu City, South Korea) will bolster the

scoring unit along with freshman Erin Simmons (The Woodlands, Texas) in her

collegiate debut. Freshman Rosanna Zernatto (Treffen, Austria) will also

take her first swing with the Lady Vols when she competes as an

individual.

Tennessee will be challenging the course along with 12 other teams from the

southeast. Joining the field are Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, No. 9/7

Auburn, Central Florida, No. 1/3 Georgia, Georgia State, Miami (Fla.),

Mississippi, No. 20/24 North Carolina, South Florida, Southern Mississippi

and Tulane.

The Lady Vols earned a preseason No. 14 national ranking in the MasterCard

poll and was listed at No. 10 in the GolfWeek Preseason Top 25. In

addition, Yang continues to sit among the nation's top individuals,

garnering a No. 11 preseason ranking by MasterCard. She was also named a

preseason second-team All-America by GolfWeek.

The squad has its sights set on advancing to the 2000 NCAA Championships in

May at the Crosswater Golf Club in Sun River, Ore. Tennessee has four

tournaments on the fall portion of its schedule, including the annual

Mercedes-Benz Women's Collegiate Championships on Oct. 15-17 at the

Gettysvue Country Club in Knoxville. Spring play will open at the Arizona

Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 21-23 in Tucson, Ariz., and post-season action

will start with the SEC Championships on April 21-23 in Rogers, Ark.