University of Tennessee student-athletes gathered at noon Friday for a prayer service at the Gibbs Hall Varsity Inn in response to President Bush's call for a national day of prayer and remembrance to honor those involved i
n Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. The service was led by team chaplain Jeff Lovingood, Tennessee fullback Will Bartholomew and Athletic Director Doug Dickey.
Dickey encouraged student-athletes asking what they can do to donate blood and money to the efforts and to pray for those in authority during this crisis.
He also said the university would "do as much as we can to patriotically support in whatever way we can as we hold events on this campus."
Team members and coaches from the Vols and Lady Vols attended the service.
All Southeastern Conference athletic events are scheduled to begin again today after the league postponed and canceled weekend competition in the wake of Tuesday's attacks.
Seven Vols ranked in preseason tennis poll
The Tennessee tennis team was well represented Friday in the preseason rankings of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Poll. The Vols placed seven players in the poll, with four players ranked in singles and two doubles tandems.
Tennessee senior Peter Handoyo leads the way for the Vols with his No. 11 preseason ranking. Handoyo finished the 2001 season with a 38-10 record and a No. 24 ranking. Fellow senior Mario Toledo follows Handoyo at No. 16. Toledo was a welcome addition to
the Vols in 2001, where he finished with a 19-8 record and No. 32 ranking after only competing in the spring season. Adam Carey has had a great career as a Vol and will begin his senior season as the nation's 30th-ranked player. Carey was second in wins f
or the Vols in 2001 with 30 and he finished the season ranked No. 54. Sophomore Wade Orr is making his first appearance in the ITA rankings at No. 86 after being named ITA Summer Circuit Player of the Year. Orr contributed 17 wins for the Vols in 2001, as
well as an impressive 10-3 record in dual match action.
On the doubles side, the Vols have two tandems that are entering the rankings for the first time. The new pair consisting of senior Andy Crews and redshirt freshman Mark Dietrich begin their season ranked No. 40, while the duo of Simon Rea and Mario Toled
o enter the season ranked No. 50 after finishing the 2001 season with a 5-2 record.
The Vols begin their tournament season Friday, Sept. 21 at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga.