The sixth-ranked Lady Vol golf team travels to Gainesville, Fla., to begin play today in the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational.
The three-day, 54-hole event will be played at the par-72, 5,821-yard University Golf Course, which is slated to be the host course for the 2001 Southeastern Conference Championships.
SOFTBALL TEAM DROPS TWO AT SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara junior hurler Deanna Rodriguez kept the Lady Vol offense firmly in check with a four-hitter in helping her squad to a 1-0 shutout and a sweep of Wednesday's doubleheader.
The Lady Vols fell in game No. 1, 1-0, as well.
With the losses, Tennessee falls to 7-10 and begins its eight-game jaunt to California on the wrong side of the ledger.
AQUAVOLS KICK OUT TO QUICK START AT SECs
Tennessee had a great start at the 2001 SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday as the Volunteers set an American Record in the 200 medley relay and won the SEC title in the 800 freestyle relay for the first time since 1976.
After the first three events, Tennessee leads the meet with 104 points. Georgia is in second with 88 while Auburn stands in third with 83.
The quartet of Michael Gilliam, Jeremy McDonnell, Justin Hoggatt and Brent Owen reached the wall in a time of 1:25.37 to better the American Record as well as the SEC and Tennessee school records.
The women's 3-meter springboard diving competition featured three divers from Tennessee. Senior Lizzy Flynt was the only Lady Vol to advance to the finals of the event as she notched a score of 459.05 in the preliminaries. In the finals, Flynt took fourth overall with a tally of 475.65.
GOLF TEAM FINISHES SEVENTH
The University of Tennessee men's golf team finished tied for seventh at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. The Vols shot a 283-299-290 872 to tie with nationally-ranked Wake Forest. UT finished ahead of three top 25 teams: No. 9 Northwestern, No. 11 Duke and No. 12 North Carolina State.
Sophomore Andrew Pratt finished tied for 11th to lead the Vols.
UT TENNIS COACH HONORED
Tennessee men's tennis coach Michael Fancutt received the Professional Tennis Registry's 25th annual Jim Verdieck Coach of the Year Award at its annual tennis symposium Tuesday.
I am very pleased to win this award, Fancutt said. It means a lot to have your peers think so highly of you and the work you do as a teacher.
BASKETBALL TEAM TRAVELS TO VANDERBILT
The No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers (18-9, 5-8 SEC) will travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff at Memorial Gym. The Vols are amidst a five-game losing streak and have struggled on the road this season, going 1-5 in SEC road games.