LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Tennessee tennis team won its first-round match at

the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships over No. 12 Baylor 6-2.

The 14th-ranked Vols (7-2, 2-0) swept the Bears in the doubles, which gave

them an early lead of 2-0. The Vols earned two points for the sweep because

of the special rules for this particular tournament.

Mark Parsons and Adam Carey, ranked No. 49, upset the eighth-ranked team of

David Hodge and Mark Williams 9-7 to clinch the doubles sweep. Mark

Fitzpatrick and Paul Podbury pulled a upset of their own by defeating No.

31 Pawel Dajdzik and Johann Jooste in the No. 2 match 8-5. Peter Handoyo

and Tate Roberts, playing together for the first time, defeated Csongor

Bibza and Johannes Michalsky 8-2 in the No. 3 match.

The Vols took four of the six singles matches from the Bears to win the


Tennessee won matches in the Nos. 2-5 positions to beat the Bears. No. 29

Parsons, No. 25 Handoyo, No. 45 Carey and Fitzpatrick all won for the Vols.

The only losses came at the No. 1 slot where Roberts was defeated by No. 43

Jooste and No. 6 where Podbury fell to Sean O'Connor.

The appearance in the quarterfinals round is the Vols' first since 1993

when they reached the finals, eventually losing to UCLA. Tennessee will

face the winner of LSU-University of Southern California on Friday at

12:30. LSU is ranked No. 1 in the nation while USC currently holds the No.

21 slot.