The University of Tennessee spirit squads
completed at the collegiate national championship Jan.
6-9. The events, sponsored by the Universal Cheerleaders
Association and Universal Dance Association, annually
match the best cheerleaders, dance teams, and mascots
at the collegiate level from all across the country.
The cheerleaders took fifth place, the dance team second,
and Tennessee's mascot Smokey, portrayed by Knoxville-native
Adam DeVault, took first place.
UT men dominate the courts
The Tennessee men's tennis team made it two for two
Saturday night as it shut out 52nd-ranked East Tennessee
State 7-0. The victory was the second shutout in as
many matches, as the Vols blanked Murray State earlier
in the day 7-0. Head coach Michael Fancutt is pleased
with the way his troops started the season.
"This is a great start to the season for us. Today
was an excellent team effort as every member of the
team contributed at some stage of the day," Fancutt
said. "However we need to keep these matches in perspective.
They are step one and two in the broader picture of
the whole season."
Adam Carey defeated Marcos Pavlovich of ETSU 6-1, 6-1
and Tony Hardman of Murray State 6-0, 6-2. Junior Mark
Parsons, ranked No. 17, defeated 67th ranked Gustavo
Gomez in No. 1 match 6-4, 6-0. Gomez is ETSU's only
ranked player. Peter Handoyo, Mark Fitzpatrick, Paul
Podbury and Andy Crews each won their singles matches
against the Bucs.
The Vols also swept their doubles matches against ETSU.
Carey and Parsons won in the No. 1 position 8-1, Fitzpatrick
and Podbury won the No. 2 match 8-6 and Crews and Handoyo
took the No. 3 match 8-3.
The Vols will take the court again Jan. 20-23 when
they travel to the University of Alabama for the SEC
Track Vols open season strong
Tennessee's track squad opened the indoor season
in high style Saturday by capturing five event titles
at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Junior captain Adrian Wheatley took the 800M with a
time of 1:55.23. In a separately run 800M decathlon,
freshman Boris Kawohl took first by finishing in 1:59.02.
Junior newcomer Jebreh Harris earned the 400M championship
by breaking the tape in 48.02, almost a full second
ahead of the nearest competitor, in his first race
as a Vol.
Sophomore Matt Rush won the high jump with his leap
of 6-09. Tennessee's 4x400 relay team crossed first
in 3:16.04 to conclude the Volunteer title parade.
The team members were Russell Frye, Hassan Stamps,
Adrian Wheatley and Shannon Wheatley, Shannon Wheatley,
a freshman and Adrian's younger brother, ran his leg
in 47.7, the fastest split of the relay team.
Lady Vols run fast too
The University of Tennessee women's track and field
team opened its 2000 indoor season in impressive fashion
on Saturday, recording 12 personal bests, eight first
place finishes and one NCAA provisional qualifying
mark at the Virginia Tech Classic at Rector Field House.
In the non-scored meet, the Lady Vols faced off against
Appalachian State, North Carolina State, Virginia and
the host Hokies.
Senior sprinter Heather Sumpter led the way for UT,
notching a pair of individual victories in the 60M
and 200M dashes. Her 7.57 reading in the shorter sprint
was a personal best, topping the previous mark of 7.62.
She turned in a time of 24.94 in the 200M. Both races
served as proof that her off-season surgery to remove
scar tissue from a previous ACL injury was successful.
Lady Vols tennis falls
The 14th ranked Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team saw
their record fall to 1-1 on the season after dropping
a 7-2 decision to No. 4 Duke on Friday in Honolulu,
Hawaii. The match was the second of four for Tennessee
Ranked 50th in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis
Association rankings, freshman Vilmarie Castellvi netted
the Orange and White's lone singles victory as she
defeated Erica Biro 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 2 position.
In doubles action, the duo of freshman Crystal Cleveland
and sophomore Melling Parks registered their fifth
consecutive doubles win dating back to the fall campaign
with an 8-3 triumph over Ioana Plesu and Prim Siripipat
at No. 3 doubles.
Smokey shows he's top dog in national mascot contest
Published: Wed Jan 19, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:10 p.m.