After going 1-1 this past weekend to open SEC play, the Lady Vols fell from fifth to eighth in Tuesday's Campbell/ITA College Tennis Team Rankings.
A week ago, Tennessee (10-4) earned its first top-five rating since a program-best second placing in May 2001.
Last Friday, Tennessee suffered a 7-0 setback to No. 15 Florida - which vaulted up to second in the latest poll. The Lady Vols rebounded with a 4-3 win over then-No. 22 South Carolina on Sunday.
Three of Tennessee's four losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the Top Six (Florida-2, USC-4 & Virginia-6).
The Lady Vols return to action this weekend, touring the state of Mississippi. Friday, UT will face No. 25 Ole Miss at 4 p.m. and Sunday, the Lady Vols are slated for a 2 p.m. first-serve at Mississippi State.