NASHVILLE - Tennessee's tennis team got its SEC schedule started by posting

a convincing 6-1 win at No. 44 Vanderbilt. The ninth-ranked Vols (5-1, 1-0)

won five singles matches and the doubles point from the Commodores to claim

victory.

The match opened with the Vols taking two out of three doubles matches. The

team of Paul Podbury and Mark Fitzpatrick kept its record perfect on the

season (9-0) by winning the No. 2 match 9-8 over Bill and Dan McGigin. Andy

Crews and Peter Handoyo sealed the doubles point for the Vols with a 9-8

victory over Anders Oding and Josh Tarkoff.

Handoyo (No. 18), Adam Carey (No. 49), Podbury, Fitzpatrick and Crews won

the Vols' singles matches in the Nos. 2-6 positions respectively. Only

Podbury was pushed to three sets, as he won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Highly-heralded freshman Tate Roberts made his collegiate debut against the

Commodores, but accounted for the only Vol losses. Roberts was defeated in

the No. 1 singles match against the reigning SEC Indoor singles champion,

No. 47 Andrew Nisker. Nisker defeated Roberts 7-6, 7-5. Roberts also teamed

with Adam Carey in the No. 1 doubles match, but lost to Nisker and Brad

Hambrick 8-4.

The Vols will be back in action when they host the Alabama Crimson Tide on

Feb. 16 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center at 1 p.m. Admission to the match is

free.

Vol Golf Squad Finishes 13th at Season Opener Gator

Invitational

The University of Tennessee men's golf team shot scores of

282-294-292--868, to finish the Suntrust Gator Invitational in 13th

place.

Despite the team's struggles, senior Derrick Centers posted his collegiate

best for 54-hole score with a 209. Centers led Tennessee with impressive

rounds of 68-72-69, one over par, to finish tied for 13th. Freshman Ian

Pamaby, 73-70-72--215, had the second-best Vol marks, placing him tied for

34th.

Host Florida gave a stellar performance after finishing the tournament

25-under-par, a tournament record. The Gators shot rounds of

267-273-275--815 to steal the team title. Augusta State rallied back from a

sixth-place finish after round two to take runner-up honors with a 54-hole

total of 834. North Florida (839), LSU (840), and Mississippi State (844)

round out the top five teams.

Mississippi State's Alex Rocha took individual honors with marks of

67-68-63--198, followed closely by Florida's Ben Banks

(64-66-69--199).

The Vols will take action again on Feb. 21-22, at the Mercedes-Benz

Intercollegiate in Jacksonville, Fla. The Vols will take on five

Southeastern Conference rivals along with host North Florida.