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May 14, 2012

A conference championship on the water and solid third-round play on the golf links highlighted the Tennessee athletics weekend.

Rowing (1st at C-USA Championship)
C-USA Championship
OAK RIDGE - As Tennessee's first varsity eight rowed back into the launching area, hundreds of screaming orange-clad parents and fans cheered on the shell. The Lady Vols had clinched the 2012 Conference USA Rowing Championship.

"The whole hill was covered with fans in their orange and the eight was slowly rowing in front of them--it was really beautiful and meaningful for me," said head coach Lisa Glenn. "It means the world to us to see them over there. It was great to see them over there yelling for their crew."

Tennessee's V8, coxed by Ashley Fichthorn and including Arin Anderson, Nikki Arcamuzi, Hilary Epes, Erika Johnson, Erika Lauderdale, Anita McLure, Evelyn Radford and Rachel White sealed the team victory with a 6-minute 45.8-second gold-medal time.

UT's 2V8+ also won gold, crossing the finish line in 6 minutes 52.40 seconds. The second varsity eight was coxed by Jessie Richardson and included Taylor Athan, Paige Austin, Jennifer Bailey, Katherine Changes, Kristin Coggin, Liz Dickson and Kayla Lucier.

Next: May 25-27 at NCAA Championships, Mercer, N.J. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Golf (4th at NCAA Central Regional)
NCAA Central Regional (Day 2)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Tennessee Lady Vols carded a 20-over-par 308 team score, good for ninth place, during round two of the 2012 NCAA Central Regional on Friday at the Scarlet Course of the Ohio State University Golf Club.

The Lady Vols have a 306-308=614 (+38) 36-hole total heading into the tournament's final day and are on the outside looking in heading into round three as the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championship tournament.

"We are struggling out there," head coach Judi Pavon said. "We are making way too many errors. Our team isn't looking like they're hitting that bad of shots, but we are not taking advantage and we are compounding errors out there. It is not hopeless because they are not playing that badly, we are not just scoring at all."

Senior Nathalie Mansson led the Tennessee effort in the second round, putting up a four-over 76 score. The Stockholm, Sweden, product recorded only one birdie, but shot par on 13 holes to turn in the Lady Vols' strongest round.

Freshman AJ Newell and sophomore Chessey Thomas each carded 5-over 77s on the par-72, 6,264-yard course.

NCAA Central Regional (Day 3)
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tennessee carded its second-best round of the season in the final 18 holes of the NCAA Central Regional to climb the leader board Saturday, claiming fourth place and punching a ticket to the 2012 NCAA Championship.

The Lady Vols capitalized on 17 birdies to finish the regional's final round with a two-over 290 tally. The Tennessee score was the second-lowest total of the round.

"To shoot 290 -- that is a great score on this golf course," head coach Judi Pavon said. "This is a really, really hard course. The four scores of 75 or better were really solid and are really good scores no matter what course you are playing on."

Junior Erica Popson paced the Tennessee scores, recording the Big Orange's only round under par of the weekend with a two-under 70. The Davenport, Fla., native used four birdies on the back nine to dip under par for the first time in six rounds.

"I played a lot better today," Popson said. "I hit a lot of fairways and hit a lot of greens to give myself some good birdie opportunities and I finally made some putts today."

Next: May 22-25 at NCAA Championship, Franklin // FULL SCHEDULE

Softball (T-3rd at SEC Tournament)
Florida 2, Lady Vols 1 (8 inn.)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 5 Tennessee Lady Vols (46-10) saw their season-best 19-game winning streak come to an end Friday afternoon in a tough 2-1, 8-inning loss to No. 7 Florida during the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Rhoads Stadium.

Junior third baseman Raven Chavanne led the Lady Vol offense, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored while stretching her streak of games reaching base safely by hit, walk or hit by pitch to a career-best 35 straight contests.

In the circle junior pitcher Ivy Renfroe (19-7) sustained her first loss since March 21, allowing just one earned run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 7.1 frames of effort. Sophomore Ellen Renfroe worked a perfect two-thirds of a frame in relief during the top of the eighth inning.

Next: Friday vs. Miami (Ohio), NCAA Knoxville Regional, 6 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Outdoor Track and Field (5th at SEC Championship)
SEC Championships (Day 2)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Tennessee track & field teams scored in three events and advanced seven runners out of preliminary round races on Friday at the SEC Outdoor Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium.

Laquoya Kelly and Jessie Harrison shrugged off early-afternoon rainfall to deliver Tennessee seven points in the women's hammer throw in the day's first event. Competing in her final SEC meet, Kelly scored outdoors for the first time since taking sixth as a freshman. Her career-best toss of 180-feet, 11 inches was good for fifth place and four points. Junior Jessie Harrison, a three-time point-producer indoors in the weight throw, scored for the first time outdoors. Her toss of 176-9 earned UT three points for sixth.

"On the women's side we had some good achievements," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "Laquoya coming in fifth in the hammer and Jessie taking sixth and getting some points on the board there was important for us. We then came back and advanced three in the 800 with PRs from two of them, showing that they've come to run and are on their "A" game."

SEC Championships (Day 3)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Tennessee track & field teams celebrated their first SEC champion of the meet, a runner-up finish and three other scoring efforts on Saturday, and they moved along a total of four runners to the finals in three events on day three at the SEC Outdoor Championships. After nine women's events scored at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium, the Lady Vols stand in sixth place with 26 points, while Georgia holds the lead with 76. On the men's side, the Vols are in seventh place with 13 points through six events tallied, while Arkansas sits in the catbird's seat with 70. The favorite to repeat as champion in the women's shot put, UT senior Annie Alexander did not disappoint. After fouling on her first attempt, she easily claimed her third league outdoor shot put crown (2008, 2011, 2012) and brought her total of SEC titles to seven, carding a toss of 56-feet, 3¾ inches on her fifth attempt to collect 10 points for the Big Orange. She became the fourth woman in SEC history to claim three or more outdoor shot crowns. "Annie winning again just shows her consistency and domination in the event during her tenure here," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "It was good to see that."

SEC Championships (Day 4)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tennessee claimed league titles in two events, finished second in one and grabbed third in another Sunday on the final day of the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.

Those finishes also came with historical or current significance. Annie Alexander claimed her second victory of the meet and a whopping eighth league title of her career, and Ellen Wortham broke a 28-year-old school record as a repeat winner. Chanelle Price led a UT scoring surge with a runner-up effort in the 800, and Matthew Hoty snapped his own UT freshman record while finishing third in the shot.

Those efforts contributed to the Lady Vols' ability to tally 97 points and finish fifth, while the Vols wound up 10th with 30. LSU scored 161.50 points to win the women's team race, while Arkansas took the men's crown with 196.

Wortham was dominant in the women's 400m hurdles, collecting her second-straight SEC victory with a sizzling readout of 55.55 seconds. Not only did it enable the senior to beat LSU's Cassandra Tate (56.82) by more than a second, it enabled Wortham to replace 12-time All-American and 1984 Olympian Sharrieffa Barksdale (55.58) as the Lady Vol record-holder in that event with a time that ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season.

Next: May 24-26 at NCAA East Preliminary Round, Jacksonville, Fla. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Tennis (T-17th at NCAA Championship)
Lady Vols 4, VCU 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the 16th time in 17 years, the Tennessee Lady Vols advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, using a 4-0 win over VCU on Friday at the Snyder Tennis Center to continue their season.

Winning the doubles point for the 21st time this season, Tennessee added singles wins from Natalie Pluskota, Kata Szekely and Caitlyn Williams and will face regional host Virginia on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

"We're pumped," Pluskota said. "This is tournament time. Anything can happen. We're coming to win, we're playing to win and we're going to give it everything we have."

VCU (20-5) entered the contest with a large dose of confidence riding an 11-match winning streak and a Colonial Athletic Association championship, but the Lady Vols (15-12) did their best to crush that early and often.

Virginia 4, Lady Vols 1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A promising season that saw the Tennessee Lady Vols rise to as high as No. 5 in the national rankings came to a close Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center in the same manner that it started, with a loss to Virginia -- this time 4-1.

Playing at regional host Virginia, the Lady Vols (15-13) were competing for a chance to advance to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the 10th time in program history.

But Virginia won a competitive doubles point and took five of the first six opening sets in singles, never allowing Tennessee to gain any momentum.

Tennessee, which opened the season 9-3, totaled six Top 25 wins and had a 14-5 record when playing with a complete lineup, saw five players miss at least singles action in a combined 25 matches in 2012 due to multiple injuries and illnesses.

"We've had a broken foot, a shoulder problem, an ACL tear, strep throat, a sprained ankle and just a plethora of injuries that you can't afford with a small team," co-head coach Mike Patrick said. "Our girls hung together and did what they could do. We made it to the tournament, played a good match yesterday and competed as hard as we could today."

Next: Season Complete // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Tennis (T-17th at NCAA Championship)
Vols 4, UNC Wilmington 1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With six Vols making their NCAA Tennis Championship debuts, Tennessee caught the momentum and never looked back in a 4-1 first-round victory against UNC Wilmington on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Center.

After taking the doubles point, the 17th-ranked Vols (15-13) got straight-set wins from Taylor Patrick, Edward Jones before Hunter Reese clinched the match on court 2 by beating Chris Cooprider 6-1, 6-3.

Patrick, sophomore Jarryd Chaplin and redshirt freshman Hunter Reese had witnessed the NCAA Championships before, but that was only from the stands cheering as their teammates rolled to the title match and the quarterfinals the last two years. For the rest of the freshmen, the trip to North Carolina was their first NCAA experience.

"We've been waiting for this all year really; you do all your training in the fall and ultimately it leads up to the NCAAs," Patrick said. "For me, I've been here for two years. I've been through the NCAA Tournament but I've never played in it. It was a bit of a nerve-racking experience.

"I still played well out there but nerves were getting in the mix of play, making some nervous mistakes. I settled down after a little bit and got a hold of the match and felt good out there."

North Carolina 4, Vols 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- In a match that spanned six hours because of rain delays, Tennessee fell behind early and could not catch up in a 4-0 loss to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Championships.

The Vols dropped a rain-delayed doubles point and did regain momentum in singles, losing four of six first sets. Freshman Brandon Fickey on court 3, junior Taylor Patrick on court 6 and redshirt freshmen Hunter Reese all lost their matches in straight sets as North Carolina advanced to the round of 16.

The 17th-ranked Vols ended the season with a 15-14 record.

"To put today in perspective as a coaching staff for this team to basically start new and make the round of 16 in Athens would have been a tremendous accomplishment," Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. "The problem is when you fall short of that, you have to ask yourself, `Did we have an opportunity to accomplish that?'

"Honestly, we had a great region. North Carolina is a good team, but they don't match up man-for-man better at every spot. We match up well against that team. We felt very comfortable. Our doubles needed to play well. We needed to play well in singles. That was it."

Next: Season Complete // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Outdoor Track and Field (10th at SEC Championships)
SEC Championships (Day 2)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Tennessee track & field teams scored in three events and advanced seven runners out of preliminary round races on Friday at the SEC Outdoor Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium.

Competing in the men's hammer throw during a dry evening session, junior Drew Thomas delivered the first points of the meet to the Vol account. His toss of 184-4 on his fourth attempt enabled him to finish seventh and procure two points for Team Orange. Thomas was sixth indoors in the weight throw earlier this season.

Junior Chris Bodary added another point for the Tennessee men, racing to eighth place in the 10,000 meters. He did so with a time of 30:38.32 and scored in SEC competition for the third time this season after placing fifth in the 5K and eighth in the 3K indoors.

"Without question, we are definitely rebuilding on the men's side and are scrapping for every point we possibly can," Clark said. "Scoring seventh in the hammer, Bodary not projected to score in the 10K but getting a point for us, and advancing one in the 400m hurdles - we are picking away at it. We just have to keep our nose to the grindstone and stay very positive. They are doing a good job with what we have, and what we have are young men who are going out there and doing their very best for Tennessee."

SEC Championships (Day 3)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Tennessee track & field teams celebrated their first SEC champion of the meet, a runner-up finish and three other scoring efforts on Saturday, and they moved along a total of four runners to the finals in three events on day three at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey delivered an equally-big performance for the Volunteers. His career-best toss of 177-1 enabled him to collect eight points for runner-up honors in the men's discus. He had entered the weekend ranked fifth in the league with a previous best mark of 176-9. Fellow redshirt rookie Matthew Hoty just missed breaking into the scoring eight, finishing ninth at 165-3.

"Having Tavis take second in the discus is huge for our men's program," Clark said. "We need all the points we can get, and we appreciate his contribution today."

Tom Gilmartin made his final meet as a Vol a memorable one, overcoming a spill on the water jump to aid his team. The senior from Knoxville became an SEC scorer for the first time in his career when he finished seventh in the men's 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:16.43. He had finished 11th a year ago and 13th in 2010.

SEC Championships (Day 4)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tennessee claimed league titles in two events, finished second in one and grabbed third in another Sunday on the final day of the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium.

Those finishes also came with historical or current significance. Annie Alexander claimed her second victory of the meet and a whopping eighth league title of her career, and Ellen Wortham broke a 28-year-old school record as a repeat winner. Chanelle Price led a UT scoring surge with a runner-up effort in the 800, and Matthew Hoty snapped his own UT freshman record while finishing third in the shot.

Those efforts contributed to the Lady Vols' ability to tally 97 points and finish fifth, while the Vols wound up 10th with 30. LSU scored 161.50 points to win the women's team race, while Arkansas took the men's crown with 196.

Redshirt freshman Hoty rediscovered the magic formula at just the right time to match his SEC Indoor finish in the men's shot put with a third-place result outdoors. The 6-3, 300-pounder unloaded a blast of 60 feet, 10 inches to improve his UT freshman outdoor record in the event and deliver his squad six points. Fellow redshirt freshman Tavis Bailey nearly broke into the scoring column, winding up ninth at 51-5.

Chase Brannon broke through for a fourth-place finish in the men's pole vault. After finishing fifth last season, the sophomore recorded a career-best vault of 17-8 1/2 to earn five points for the Vols. That mark moved him to No. 10 on UT's all-time performers list.

Next: May 24-26 at NCAA East Preliminary Round, Jacksonville, Fla. // FULL SCHEDULE

Baseball (0-3 for the weekend)
Mississippi 4, Vols 2
OXFORD, Miss. - Tennessee got a complete-game effort from sophomore Dalton Saberhagen but it wasn't enough as No. 24 Ole Miss squeaked out a 4-2 victory in front of 7,545 at Swayze Field on Friday evening.

Making just the third start of his career, Saberhagen (5-2) allowed just four runs while scattering 11 hits over a career-high eight innings of work. It was UT's first complete game since Steven Gruver fired nine innings in a 4-2 win over Manhattan on March 11, 2011.

"We could not have asked any more of that young man," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "Dalton went out there and he battled from pitch one all the way to pitch (95). If anyone would have told me at the start of this game that Dalton Saberhagen was going to go eight innings, throw (95) pitches and give up four runs against what I think is a good offensive team in Ole Miss, I would have probably questioned that, but you can't question the heart of that young man."

Saberhagen struck out two and walked a pair in his eight innings, which smashed his previous career high of five set against Alabama A&M last season.

Mississippi 7, Vols 4 (11 inn.)
OXFORD, Miss. - Tennessee took a two-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but a two-run pinch-hit home run by Sikes Orvis tied the game and a three-run shot by Matt Snyder in the 11th inning ended it as No. 24 Ole Miss defeated Tennessee 7-4 Saturday afternoon at Swayze Field.

"That was a tough one," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "It's kind of the script of the difference between not being successful and being successful. When they had to get it done, they got it done. We were givers again today. When you are playing the kind of baseball we are, you just can't give teams that much and they capitalized. You have to tip your cap to them, they came through when they had to and that's why the scoreboard says what it does."

The Vols managed just one hit in five innings against Ole Miss relief pitcher Tanner Bailey, but it was a big one as Ethan Bennett blasted a ninth-inning home run off the left-field foul pole.

That shot put Tennessee up 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth but a leadoff single and Orvis' two-run home run tied the game up in a hurry in the home half of the inning. The Rebels quickly loaded the bases with just one out after his blast but Drew Steckenrider buckled down to get two straight strikeouts to leave the three runners stranded.

After a scoreless 10th inning, a pair of walks put two on for Snyder who deposited an 0-1 offering from Steckenrider over the wall in right to give the Rebels a walk-off win.

Mississippi 4, Vols 2
OXFORD, Miss. - Three Tennessee freshmen pitchers combined to hold No. 24 Ole Miss to just six hits but the Rebels limited the Volunteers to just four as they won the series finale 4-2 on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field.

"It was a different game for us," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "Obviously it was inclement weather with a little bit of a drizzle all game. Early on it was a sloppy game by both teams and it was a tough game to play in offensively. We were able to hold them down but just weren't able to manufacture runs and we couldn't sustain innings and it cost us.

"I'll be honest, I think after yesterday, knowing that we were mathematically eliminated, I saw the toll it took on our guys. I told them before the game that we are going to finish this thing the right way. Everything that we do good is building towards the future of this program and I'm in it for the long haul, not just the short term."

Sporting pink sweatbands for Mother's Day, the Vols dropped to 24-27 on the year and 8-19 in SEC play.

Next: Thursday-Saturday vs. Arkansas, 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 4 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

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