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Sept. 5, 2011

Tennessee's football season opener made the biggest splash of the weekend, but Neyland Stadium wasn't the only site of Big Orange athletics.

Lady Vols soccer capped a perfect weekend with a 2-0 win Sunday at UNC Greensboro, matching the result from Friday night's home win over Middle Tennessee. Coach Angela Kelly's squad improved to 5-1 or the first time since 2003.

The men's and women's cross country squads made their 2011 debuts at the Belmont-VU Opener in Nashville. The Vols finished third and the Lady Vols fifth thanks to strong showings from Chris Bodary and Brittany Sheffey, respectively.

And in volleyball, the young but talented Lady Vols played their first matches away from home and dropped two of three in Champaign, Ill. Included was a hard-fought, four-game loss to seventh-ranked Illinois, followed by the team's first win over a ranked opponent against No. 21 Dayton.

In football, UT fought through more than a 90-minute weather delay to begin its 2011 season and then fired a few lightning strikes of its own en route to a 42-16 swamping of Montana. The Vols host Cincinnati on Saturday.

Football (1-0 for the weekend)
Vols 42, Montana 16
Tennessee's 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history.

But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge as the Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

Next: Saturday vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Soccer (2-0 for the weekend)
Lady Vols 2, Middle Tennessee 0
With the Big Orange in need of a late spark, Tennessee senior forward Emily Dowd provided just that by tallying goals in both the 82nd and 83rd minutes, off assists from sophomore forward Caroline Brown, to lead the Lady Vol soccer squad past Middle Tennessee, 2-0, Friday night in Knoxville.

With the victory, UT equaled its best five-match start in program history done by both the 2002 and 2003 Orange & White squads on the way to eventual NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

Lady Vols 2, UNC Greensboro 0
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Goals from junior midfielder Kylie Bono and junior forward Alexis Owens proved plenty on Sunday at the UNCG Soccer Stadium, as Tennessee soccer improved to 5-1 overall with a commanding 2-0 victory over the UNC Greensboro Spartans.

The Big Orange have now posted three consecutive shutouts and have kept the opposition scoreless for a streak of 275:38 since the 82nd minute of its match against UCLA on Aug. 26.

At 5-1 to start the year, the Lady Vols have also equaled the 2002 and 2003 UT squads for the best six-match start in program history.

Next: Friday vs. Charlotte, 7 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Cross Country (Men 3rd; Women 5th)
Belmont-VU Opener
NASHVILLE -- Chris Bodary led the Tennessee men to a third-place team finish, and Brittany Sheffey paced the Lady Vols to fifth place Friday evening, as the Big Orange cross country teams popped the top on the 2011 season at the Belmont-VU Opener.

Bodary, a senior from Downingtown, Pa., covered the 5000-meter Percy Warner Park men's course in 15 minutes, 26.93 seconds to place second out of 100 runners. Only Kentucky's Luis Orta prevented the UT standout from taking the individual title, navigating the layout in 15 minutes, 22.40 seconds to break the tape on a sweltering day in the Music City.

In the women's race, Sheffey had an impressive return after redshirting last season due to injury. The product of Bellport, N.Y., turned in a career best clocking for 4000 meters with a 14:11.83 readout to place fourth out of 78 runners.

Kentucky took the men's team crown with 62 points, followed by Belmont with 78 and then UT with 84. On the women's side, Vanderbilt tallied 18 points to capture top honors. Lipscomb (63), Kentucky (76), Belmont (99) and Tennessee (129) rounded out the top five.

Next: Sept. 17 at Tennessee Invitational, Maryville, 9 a.m. (men and women) // FULL SCHEDULE

Volleyball (1-2 for the weekend)
Illinois 3, Lady Vols 1
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In a long, competitive match that came down to several points here and there, the Tennessee Lady Volunteers came close but could not rally past seventh-ranked Illinois on its home courts Friday night.

Tennessee had opportunities in the first two games, came back to take the third before losing in fourth to the Fighting Illini 31-29, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 in the opening match of the Illinois State Farm Classic.

Lady Vols 3, Dayton 2
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When the Tennessee Lady Volunteers lost the first five points of the fifth and deciding set Saturday, they were down but never out.

The Lady Vols reeled seven consecutive points to turn the momentum in the final frame to beat No. 21 Dayton 25-17, 25-23, 14-25, 23-25, 15-12 and earn their first ranked victory of the season at the Illinois State Farm Classic at Huff Hall.

Houston 3, Lady Vols 2
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Just hours after the Tennessee Lady Volunteers rallied late for a five-set victory over 21st-ranked Dayton, they did not repeat that feat in their evening contest against Houston.

The Lady Vols fell behind early in the final set and lost in five sets 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 15-8 to close out their final match at the Illinois State Farm Classic at Huff Hall.

Next: Friday vs. Seton Hall in Blacksburg, Va., 4 p.m.; Saturday vs. American in Blacksburg, Va., 10:30 a.m., at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

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