February 2012 Archives
Nick Blount - Flo Rida, "Good Feeling"
Richard Carter - Lil Wayne, "Mr. Carter"
Andy Yates - Jay-Z, "Moment of Clarity"
On Feb. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to football freshman lineman Alan Posey.
Former Vols All-American lineman Antone Davis, who recently reached the finals of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" will be an on-site guest at this week's Vol Calls tonight at the Turkey Creek Texas Roadhouse. Be sure to join host Bob Kesling along with guests men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin and Lady Vols basketball assistant Mickie DeMoss.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 27, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 408 (-4)
Doubles: 261 (-3)
Note: Returned to the US to get ready for the USTA Pro Circuit ... Off this week ... Playing next week in Canada.
Singles: 451 (-3)
Doubles: 534 (-2)
Note: Reached the singles semifinals of the Brownsville Futures before losing to eventual champion Peter Polansky of Canada ... Won the doubles title at Brownsville with Tennys Sandgren. The UT pair beat Ruben Gonzales and Chris Kwon 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the title match ... Playing the Harlingen Futures this week in Texas.
Singles: 544 (-4)
Doubles: 625 (-5)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Brownsville Futures last week in singles ... Won the doubles title at Brownsville with Rhyne Williams. The UT pair beat Ruben Gonzales and Chris Kwon 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the title match ... Playing the Harlingen Futures this week in Texas.
Doubles: 474 (-3)
Note: Reached the doubles quarterfinals at the Mildura Futures in Australia last week ... Off this week.
Doubles: 530 (-5)
Note: Lost in the second round qualifying of the Harlingen Futures.
Check out the media coverage of Sunday's victory:
- Knoxville News Sentinel - Vols show flawless gloves, keep perfect record with sweep of Seton Hall
- Chattanooga Times Free Press - Baseball Vols improve to 7-0
- TNJN.com - Vols stay perfect, sweep Seton Hall
Here is the media coverage from yesterday's thriller:
- Knoxville News Sentinel - Three wild pitches and the Vols are winners, 3-2
- InsideTennessee.com - Pierce plates game winner
- Volquest - Dramatic win gives Vols second-best start
- TNJN.com - Vols win in extra innings, take 2-0 series lead
Here are links to the media coverage as well:
- Knoxville News Sentinel - Vols not Kidding around with pitching, scoring runs, 9-2
- Volquest - Serrano's Vols race to first 5-0 start since '03
- GoVols247 - Vols smash Seton Hall, 9-2, stay unbeaten
- InsideTennessee.com - Vol baseball making history
- TNJN.com - Baseball beats Seton Hall, off to best start since '03
- Also, from GoVols247, a story on new cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley: Ansley 'blessed' to coach at UT
On Feb. 24, we wish Happy Birthday to rising sophomore lineman Antonio Richardson.
The draw for the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic was released on Wednesday with the Vols scheduled to play a trio of non-conference opponents over the weekend in Montgomery, Ala.
The Vols face Clemson on Friday at 4 p.m., Texas Tech on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Boise State on Sunday. The tournament features a round robin format. The top two teams with the best record will face off in one doubles match to determine the champion.
The prestigious Blue Gray Classic, one of the oldest annual tennis tournaments in the nation, began in 1949 as an individual tournament but adopted a team format in 1984. Tennessee most recently played in the Blue Gray in 2009, winning the title with the help of a 4-0 performance atop the lineup by tournament MVP John-Patrick Smith. Boris Conkic and Matteo Fago went 4-0 in doubles as well.
Martin, who was a standout in West Lafayette from 1993-95, finished fifth in the contest.
To read more about Cuonzo Martin and the Legends of Mackey, go to PurdueSports.com.
On Feb. 21, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Breanna Folk.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 20, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 404 (0)
Doubles: 262 (+5)
Note: Returned to the US last week to get ready for the USTA Pro Circuit ... Off this week.
Singles: 448 (+3)
Doubles: 532 (-1)
Note: Playing the Brownsville Futures in Texas this week ... Off last week
Singles: 540 (0)
Doubles: 619 (0)
Note: Playing the Brownsville Futures in Texas this week ... Off last week
Doubles: 467 (-1)
Note: Playing in the Mildura Futures in Australia this week and has already qualified for main draw singles. Seeded second in doubles and playing with Erik Chvojka.
Doubles: 525 (0)
Note: Did not play.
"The University of Tennessee holds a special place in my heart, and Ashley and I are excited about the opportunity to award more deserving UT students with the Manning Scholarship," said Manning. "One of the most gratifying times for me each summer is meeting a phenomenal student who has been selected for the Manning Scholarship. Making a difference in the lives of young people is the greatest gift any of us can receive."
To date, fifteen students have received awards from the scholarship. The Manning Scholarship covers the costs of tuition, room, and board. The award is granted to a first-year student on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. All Peyton Manning Scholarship recipients are part of the Haslam Scholars Program, UT's premiere specialized honors program.
Here is a listing of the media coverage of yesterday's doubleheader as well:
- Knoxville News Sentinel - Sweep of N. Illinois a 'big step' for Vols
- Volquest - Vols' starters dominate, lead team to 3-0 start
- InsideTennessee.com - Baseball Vols bust out brooms
- TNJN.com - Dave Serrano era begins with a bang
- TNJN.com - Vols' pitching staff has impressive opening weekend
- TNJN.com - Vols sweep season-opening series, 7-2
- TNJN.com - Vols show resolve, hold off Huskies
Check out the full story here: UT AD Dave Hart: Don't doubt Anthony Grant
Here is a listing of the media coverage of the contest as well.
- Knoxville News Sentinel - Vols start Dave Serrano era with 7-1 win over Northern Illinois
- Knoxville News Sentinel - John Adams: Drew Steckenrider doubles up for Vols
- GoVols247.com - Vols start strong, thump Northern Illinois, 7-1
- Chattanooga Times Free Press - Vols win 7-1 in Serrano debut
- InsideTennessee.com - Vols' debut victorious
Tennessee's Garrick Porteous was named this week to a preliminary 12-player Great Britain & Ireland squad for this year's St. Andrews Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe.
The St. Andrews Trophy is an amateur golfing competition that takes place in even-numbered years. Great Britain & Ireland plays the United States in the Walker Cup competition during odd-numbered years.
Porteous already has been promoted to the England Elite Squad for 2012 and currently stands as England's No. 1 ranked amateur player. Porteous is ranked 59th in the Men's World Amateur Golf Rankings and is England's top player by a comfortable margin. The world ranking compiles the top male amateur golfers on the basis of their average performances in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 52 weeks, including his play with the Vols.
A native of Morpeth in his country's northeastern section, Porteous made his debut for England in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland last summer after a string of consistent performances. He narrowly missed out on a national title with a runner-up finish at the Tillman Trophy, and recorded top-10s in major events such as the British Amateur qualifying and European Amateur Championship.
The GB&I squad for the St. Andrews Trophy meets for the first time July 4-6 at Portmarnock Golf Links in Ireland. Making the preliminary list of 12 players does not ensure a spot on the final nine-man squad, as team selectors will be attending events throughout the summer.
Porteous finished alone in second earlier this week in his first Vols start of the spring season at the San Diego Intercollegiate. Porteous shot 73-73-69--215 to finish at 1 under par, one stroke behind San Diego's Alex Ching.
It was Porteous' best collegiate finish and his fourth top-four result in the last year.
Porteous leads Tennessee with a 72.8 stroke average and has counted toward the team score in 14 of his 15 rounds played. He owns six rounds of par or better.
Tennessee's next tournament is the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, set for Feb. 26-28 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Six standout Division I student-athletes have been selected for top honors in the current edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com: BYU record-setting senior miler Miles Batty, Stanford junior tennis player Mallory Burdette, Colorado senior cross-country skier Eliska Hajkova, Northeastern women's hockey junior forward Casey Pickett, Tennessee softball junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe and Princeton freshman women's fencing foilist Ambika Singh. These six impressive competitors have been tabbed for the top national award, as the CollegeSports360 Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for all of Division I athletics. They are joined by 11 others in comprising the Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of 24 Division I sports that were in action during the week of Feb. 6-12.
CollegeSports360.com Primetime Performers of the Week - Feb. 14
But Hart believes the Vols can do better by their student-athletes.
"When I toured Thompson-Boling (Arena) for the first time, I started at the top and walked down," he said. "It was first class in every respect.
"But when I went to our men's and women's locker rooms, I felt like I got in a time warp and went back to the mid-80s."
Updating those facilities will be a priority of Hart's, who stressed the welfare of UT's student-athletes throughout a brief speech. and a lengthy question-and-answer session that followed.
"When I talk to prospective student-athletes and their parents, not one time has a parent asked me, 'Mr. Hart, could you show us a sky box?'
"That's important. It's important to us because we value our donors and alumni."
But Hart said parents and guardians of recruits are much more interested in where the student-athletes will sleep, eat, train and receive academic support.
"Can I see the locker room?" they ask.
"I've always been very student-athlete centered," he said. ""Every decision we make, 'How does it impact them?'
"We're here representing the University of Tennessee because of the students. ... The priorities (for facilities) will be shifted to those areas that primarily affect the student-athletes."
He cited the volleyball program as an example in emphasizing the importance of improved conditions for the student-athletes.
"We need a place for volleyball to practice," he said. "When the hailstorm came through last year, the roof practically caved in at Stokely (Athletic Center). Since then, it has been a hunt-and-peck situation for them."
Tobias Harris was born July 15, 1992, which means he will not turn 20 until five months from today.
The Bucks rookie's birthday also gives him two other distinctions.
It's OK to admit that some of us have socks that are older than Harris.
And he is the NBA's second-youngest player.
"Personally, I think I am the youngest," Harris said Tuesday. "I don't know where that other guy came from. I thought during the draft I was the youngest, but now they're saying he's younger than me."
That would be Bismack Biyombo. Actually, he came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Spanish pro team and to the Charlotte Bobcats via the Sacramento Kings on draft night. None of that is important, except that Biyombo was born 44 days after Harris.
Read more ... Rookie Harris wise in ways of the NBA
Here are stories from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Zack Godley brings clean slate on the mound for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' pitching staff will be work in progress
- InsideTennessee: Vol baseball to start Serrano era
- Volquest: Serrano's Vols eye 55 opportunities
Tennessee Head Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin, Assistant Lady Vols Basketball Coach Mickie DeMoss and UT guard Skylar McBee will be on "Vol Calls" tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central.
Fans may ask a question by calling 1-800-688-8657 or Verizon customers may dial #TENN. Listeners may also submit a question through the Vol Network-IMG Facebook page.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 13, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 404 (+27)
Doubles: 262 (+97)
Note: Jumped up again in the ATP doubles rankings thanks to his second-consecutive Challenger title with John Peers ... the two teamed up to win the Caloundra International, beating top-seeded John Paul Fruttero and Raven Klaasen 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final ... Also moved up in singles after winning a round at Caloundra ... Off this week.
Singles: 451 (+36)
Doubles: 531 (+14)
Note: Williams is now at a career best in singles after points were added from his finals appearance at the Palm Coast Futures in Florida ... Also a career-high in doubles as he and Tennys Sandgren reached the semifinals at Palm Coast ... Williams was granted a wild card into the main draw of the $100,000 Dallas Challenger last week where he lost to former US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
Singles: 540 (+2)
Doubles: 619 (+21)
Note: Reached a career-high in doubles after points were added for his semifinal appearance with Rhyne Williams at the Palm Coast (Fla.) Futures ... Off last week ... Off this week.
Doubles: 466 (+43)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Caloundra International with Erik Chvojka ... Off this week.
Doubles: 525 (-17)
Note: Did not play.
Happy Birthday on Feb. 10 to rising sophomore wide receiver Alex Ellis.
Happy Birthday on Feb. 9 to sophomore pole vaulter Chase Brannon.
Rhyne Williams' bid for a third career professional title was cut short Sunday at the Palm Coast Futures in Florida. Playing in his fifth ITF Futures final, Williams lost 6-2, 6-3 to rising Australian prospect Jason Kubler.
Williams now heads to Texas, where he has been given a USTA main draw wild card into the YP Challenger of Dallas, a $100,000 event. He will face a familiar foe in the first round: American veteran and 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
Williams has faced Ginepri twice before. Williams defeated him in a Challenger in California last summer, but Ginepri won the most recent meeting, beating Williams 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in December.
Former Vol Tennys Sandgren was in the qualifying of the Dallas Challenger but lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to Kevin Kim on Sunday in the second round.
In Australia: Coming off their first Challenger title at the Burnie International, former four-time All-American John-Patrick Smith and Baylor standout John Peers picked up where they left off by winning their first doubles match Monday to start the Caloundra International.
With a break in both sets, Smith and Peers beat Sam Groth and Adam Feeney 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals. Former Vol Adam Hubble also won his opening doubles match with Erik Cvojka. They earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory over alternates Gero Kretschmer and Nick Lindahl.
Smith faces former Arkansas All-American Blake Strode to start singles on Tuesday.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 6, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 431 (0)
Doubles: 359 (+226)
Note: Skyrocketed up the ATP doubles rankings thanks to a tournament win at the Burnie International in Australia ... He and former Baylor All-American John Peers beat Vishnu Vardhan and Divij Sharan 6-2, 6-4 in the final, where they earned $3,100 and 80 tour points ... Smith and Peers are playing together again this week at the Caloundra International where they won their first round already.
Singles: 487 (+22)
Doubles: 545 (+2)
Note: Williams has been on a successful run in the Florida Futures circuit in January, reaching the semifinals at Weston and the finals Sunday at Palm Coast ... the points from his semifinal performance at the Weston Futures pushed Williams in the top 500 for the first time in his career and the 10 points he earned from Palm Coast will be assessed next Monday ... Williams was granted a wild card into the main draw of the $100,000 Dallas Challenger this week.
Singles: 542 (-2)
Doubles: 640 (+1)
Note: Reached the second round of the Palm Coast (Fla.) Futures and made it to the doubles semifinals with Rhyne Williams ... Those points will be added next week ... Made it to the second round of qualifying of the Dallas Challenger over the weekend, where he lost to Kevin Kim in three sets Sunday.
Doubles: 508 (+6)
Note: Did not play.
Doubles: 509 (+54)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Burnie International with Erik Chvojka ... Playing this week at the Caloundra International, where he won his first round Monday.
Garrick Porteous closed with a 77 Sunday and finished in a tie for 40th place at the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.
Porteous matched his Saturday total of five birdies but couldn't overcome eight bogeys and one double bogey over his final 18 holes to finish at 15-over-par 231. For the weekend, Porteous fired rounds of 80, 72 and 77 at Ocean Forest Golf Club.
The Jones Cup brought together 90 of the finest amateur golfers from the United States and abroad for a three-day competition that kicks off the spring portion of the golf season. The final leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.
The Vols open their spring schedule Feb. 13-14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic, a brand new tournament hosted by San Diego State University. The event takes place at historic San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.
On Feb. 5, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Marina Ribi.
Tennessee's Garrick Porteous improved six strokes Saturday and jumped 14 places in the standings through two rounds of the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.
Porteous began on the 10th hole and couldn't have gotten off to a much better start en route to his 2-over-par 74. After opening the tournament Friday with an 80, he birdied four of his first six holes Saturday and finished the day with five birdies at the Ocean Forest Golf Club.
The Vols senior captain is at 10-over 154 for the tournament and tied for 37th place in the 90-player field heading into Sunday's final round.
The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United State and abroad for the three-day competition.
Saturday's updated leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.
Here are more stories form the media on Shaun Ellis, Jerod Mayo and Deon Grant.
The newest member of the #Vols is 5-star JUCO WR Cordarrelle Patterson!-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 1, 2012
The newest member of the #Vols is WR Drae Bowles of Jackson, Tenn. a 4-star-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) February 1, 2012
@Vol_Football Dooley's correlation of social media to barber shops. "There were a lot of haircuts being given."-- Ben Garrett (@benwgarrett) February 2, 2012
Tennessee's Garrick Porteous is middle of the pack after Day 1 the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.
Porteous opened the prestigious amateur tournament by shooting 40 on both nines for a first round of 8-over-par 80 at Ocean Pines Golf Club. The Vols senior captain is tied for 51st place in the 90-player field. First-round scores can be found at Golfstat.com.
The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for the three-day competition. Past participants include current PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Jeff Overton, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Gary Woodland.
Porteous tees off for Saturday's second round at 9:40 a.m.
Our very own sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman is included on the front page photo.
Check out the beginning to his preview breakdown below and click on the link at the bottom to visit the article on ESPN.com:
No. 8 Tennessee
Last year: 49-12 overall, 20-8 SEC (lost in Knoxville Regional)
Who returns: Hits, hits and more hits return. Tennessee led the NCAA with a .348 batting average last season, and four of the five players who contributed the most hits to that average return. Raven Chavanne ranked seventh in the nation with a .455 batting average and led the Lady Vols with 33 stolen bases. She'll settle in at third base after splitting time between the outfield and third last season, although she won't settle in there until at least the third weekend of the regular season after sustaining a broken hand in the preseason. Second baseman Lauren Gibson's 1.188 OPS led the team last season and she's perhaps poised for even better things after earning playing time with the senior United States national team that won gold in the Pan-Am Games last fall. Kat Dotson made it three players who hit better than .400 last season and was a double-double threat in home runs (10) and stolen bases (26), while Shelby Burchell is the leading returning slugger after a breakout junior season in which she hit 15 home runs.
On Feb. 1, we wish Happy Birthday to senior golfer Darren Renwick.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Jan. 30, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 431 (+5)
Doubles: 583 (+3)
Note: Reached new career best in both singles and doubles ... Received singles and doubles wild cards to this week's Burnie International, a $50,000 Challenger in Australia ... Lost in first round of singles but is now in doubles quarterfinals ... On Twitter @jpatsmith
Singles: 509 (+2)
Doubles: 547 (+7)
Note: New career-high rank in singles and doubles ... Last week reached the singles quarterfinals of the Weston (Fla.) Futures, where he lost to Brian Baker ... With points there, he should crack the top 500 in singles for the first time in his career when the rankings are released again next week ... Playing in the Palm Coast (Fla.) Futures, where he is in the second round.
Singles: 540 (+1)
Doubles: 641 (+7)
Note: New career best in singles ... Currently playing in the Palm Coast (Fla.) Futures, where he starts singles action later today ... He is in the quarterfinals of doubles with Rhyne Williams.
Doubles: 514 (+5)
Note: Played in the singles qualifying at the Palm Coast (Fla.) Futures, where he lost in the first round ... Did not play doubles.
Doubles: 563 (+147)
Note: Playing his first event of the year, the Burnie International ... He is in the quarterfinals with Canadian Erik Chvojka.
Here are the stories from the media: