Lady Vols golf coach Judi Pavon returned to her alma mater, the University of Alabama, this weekend and came away with the title at the inaugural Alabama Capstone Intercollegiate in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee sat in fifth place after day one, but flexed its muscle the last two days recording team low rounds of 309 and 302 to finish with a three-day total of 946.
The Lady Vols completed the par-72, 6,128-yard Capstone Club golf course 25 strokes better than second-place Mississippi. The 25-stroke differential is the largest in school history by UT, besting the 21-stroke victory they established last year at the Green Wave Women's Classic. The team championship is the 10th by Tennessee and third for Pavon, tying her with Linda Franz-Cook and putting her one behind Lori Brock for coaching titles at UT.
"I'm really proud of the team today," stated Pavon. "After the first day, the team did not want to play the next two rounds, but they got mentally tough and played good golf the last two days to come away with the victory."
Individually, three Lady Vols finished among the top 10. Senior Young-A Yang led the way as she fired a 3-over 75 and finished tied for third with a 235. Day two co-leader sophomore Mary Jan Fernandez struggled to an 82 on day three but ended the event in sixth with a 236. Senior Tina Schneeberger knocked four strokes off her day two score and recorded a 2-over 74 to record a three-day 238 and finish tied for ninth.
Sophomore Tai Perry matched Schneeberger for low round of the tournament with a 74 in the third round and carded a total of 240 to end tied for 13th. Freshman Jessica Shepley shot a day three 79 and finished tied for 25th with a 248. Senior Caroline Cole played as an individual and recorded a total of 259.
Vols football team receives huge verbal committment
Gerald Riggs, Jr. of Chattanooga Red Bank High School verbally committed to Phillip Fulmer's squad yesterday. The running back/linebacker was rated as ESPN.com's No. 2 overall prospect in the nation.
He was the state's Mr. Football last season, while playing for the 5A state champion. He selected the Vols over Michigan, Nebraska and LSU.
Volleyball team sweeps through Mississippi
The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team picked up its third consecutive win on Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center in Oxford, Miss., taking a 3-0 victory from the University of Mississippi and completing its sweep of the Magnolia State.
Four Lady Vols recorded double-digit kill performances as the team used a balanced attack to take the match by the scores of 30-22, 30-27 and 30-25. Junior Janelle Hester led the team with 14 kills and senior Ariana Wilson tossed in 13 of her own. Junior
Kelli Scott had an impressive all-around performance with 10 kills, 10 digs, seven service aces and three blocks. Scott's ace count gives her a new career high in that category. Sophomore Trinia Cuseo added 10 kills on 16 attempts with three errors to hit a team-high .500.
"This has been a great week for us," head coach Rob Patrick said. "The team is really starting to click and play at a very high level more consistently. Erica Lear has did a great job running the offense for us this weekend."
The Lady Vols improve to 12-8 overall and are now 5-5 in league play. Up next, Tennessee has a week to prepare for their final road game of the season on Nov. 2 in Lexington, Ky. The Lady Vols take on Kentucky at 7 p.m.
Vols win match, take title
Published: Tue Oct 30, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:53 p.m.