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

Indoor Championships.

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

in Hawaii.

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.