LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Tennessee tennis team stunned top-ranked LSU 4-3 in

the quarterfinal round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

The Vols (8-2, 2-0) handed the Tigers their first loss of the season.

The 14th-ranked Vols had to battle back from losing the doubles point with

four victories in singles. Tennessee had a chance to win the doubles point,

as Mark Fitzpatrick and Paul Podbury had match point twice in the No. 2

match against Tom Hand and Ed Rubin.

Fitzpatrick and Podbury eventually lost 9-8(12). Peter Handoyo and Tate

Roberts notched their second consecutive 8-2 victory of the tournament by

knocking off Jesse Smatt and Ajay Ramaswami in the No. 3 match.

Adam Carey and Mark Parsons fell to Michal Chmela and Daniel Kiernan in the

No. 1 slot 8-6. Tennessee made a furious comeback in singles to claim


For the second consecutive day, the Vols took the Nos. 2-5 matches and lost

in the No. 1 and No. 6 positions.

No. 29 Parsons and No. 25 Handoyo registered the tying and winning points.

Parsons upset No. 15 Hand at No. 2 and Handoyo clinched the match with a

6-7, 6-1, 1-0(10-3) victory over Rubin at No. 3.

"Pete and Mark really gave us a boost with two huge wins," said assistant

coach Chris Mahony. "They are All-Americans and we expect these kind of big

wins out of them."

On Saturday, the Tennessee tennis team's upset string at the USTA/ITA

National Team Indoor Championships came to an end as they lost to No. 2

Stanford 4-3 in the semifinals.

The Vols lost the doubles point and split the six singles matches with the

Cardinal. The loss eliminated Tennessee from competition and advanced

Stanford (7-0) into Sunday's final.

Stanford won the doubles point by winning the first two doubles matches.

The top-ranked duo of Geoff Abrams and Alex Kim stopped No. 49 Adam Carey

and Mark Parsons 8-2, and David Martin and Scott Lipsky dropped Mark

Fitzpatrick and Paul Podbury 8-5 to clinch the doubles point. Peter Handoyo

and Tate Roberts saved an extra point by knocking off Ali Ansari and Scotty

Scott 8-6 at No. 3.

The Vols would have been down 2-0 instead of just one if Stanford would

have swept the doubles.

Stanford ran out to a 3-0 lead by winning in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions

in singles. Roberts won all of his doubles matches. No. 29 Parsons fell to

No. 6 Geoff Abrams at No. 2 in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.

No. 25 Handoyo and No. 90 Podbury pulled the Vols to within one point at

3-2 with their victories at the Nos. 2 and 6 positions respectively.

But No. 86 Martin sealed the victory for Stanford by beating No. 45 Carey

in the No. 4 match 6-4, 6-3. Fitzpatrick won his match minutes later over

Scott Lipsky 7-6(2), 7-6 (2) at No. 5 to pull the score to 4-3.

Tennessee had not advanced to the semifinals of the National Team Indoors

since 1993 when they were led by Davis Cup hero Chris Woodruff and current

UT assistant coach Chris Mahony.