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Oct. 3, 2011

The Tennessee volleyball team continued its unbeaten streak through the Southeastern Conference, and UT's football and soccer squads recorded bounce-back victories to highlight the Big Orange athletics weekend.

Coach Rob Patrick's squad improved to 6-0 in conference play after sweeping LSU and Arkansas on the road. The Lady Vols completed a perfect four-match road swing over the last two weekends and have won their last eight SEC matches dating to last season. Tennessee also is riding an eight-match winning streak that began Sept. 9.

Football rebounded from its first loss of the season and prepared for a challenging October schedule with a 41-10 pasting of Buffalo. Quarterback Tyler Bray continued his fast start by throwing for 342 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Da'Rick Rogers. The sophomore receiver caught seven passes for a career best 180 yards.

Soccer fought through a Friday loss at LSU to win convincingly Sunday at Arkansas. The Lady Vols improved to 9-3 overall and 2-2 in SEC play after Emily Dowd scored twice and Caroline Brown once. Freshman Julie Eckel recorded her first career conference shutout.

Women's swimming and diving began its season with a winning effort at UNC Wilmington. The Lady Vols set four pool records as Jenny Connolly and Lindsay Gendron both won multiple events.

Cross country hit the trails for the second time this season at the Brooks Paul Short Run in Pennsylvania. The women placed 32nd and the men 37th out of 45 squads in both races. Both tennis squads played preliminary matches in preparation for the ITA All-American Championships, and men's golf finished seventh at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C.

Volleyball (2-0 for the weekend)
Lady Vols 3, LSU 1
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team continued its great start in Southeastern Conference play, downing LSU in four sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, Friday evening here at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The win improves the Lady Vols overall record to 12-2, while the squad also stays perfect in the conference at 5-0. The win also marks Tennessee's first victory over LSU since 2008 and the first time the team defeated LSU in Baton Rouge since October 2000.

By topping LSU on Friday and Florida last Sunday, it is the first time in school history that Tennessee has beaten both the Gators and Tigers on the road in the same season.

Lady Vols 3, Arkansas 1
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 23 Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team made quick work of Arkansas, defeating the Razorbacks in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19, to improve its record to 13-2 and 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play here Sunday afternoon at Barnhill Arena.

"We have had some really long, five-set nail bitters here the last couple of years, so it is a relief to be able to come in here and play a really organized, athletic Arkansas team and come out with a win in three sets," Lady Vols head coach Rob Patrick said. "We did a great job against Arkansas and really controlled the whole match."

The win over UA concluded Tennessee's four-match SEC road trip, as the team was a perfect 4-0 and only lost four sets in the those matches. The team is currently on an eight-match winning streak and has won its last eight conference matches dating back to last year.

Next: Friday vs. Alabama, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Mississippi, 1:30 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Football (1-0 for the weekend)
Vols 41, Buffalo 10
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's week of rest didn't derail its offense.

Quarterback Tyler Bray and receiver Da'Rick Rogers kept the SEC's best passing offense on track, and the Vols gained 531 yards of total offense in a 41-10 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in front of 87,758 at Neyland Stadium.

"Now we turn our attention to what lies ahead," UT coach Derek Dooley said.

That's a tough stretch of conference games beginning next week at home against Georgia, which defeated Mississippi State 24-10 on Saturday to improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

Next: Saturday vs. Georgia, 7 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Soccer (1-1 for the weekend)
LSU 2, Lady Vols 0
BATON ROUGE, La. - Goals by Natalie Ieyoub at 33:36 and Addie Eggleston at 61:10 proved enough for LSU here Friday night in front of 1,284 fans at the LSU Soccer Complex as the Tigers scored during each half in topping the No. 10 Tennessee Lady Vols, 2-0.

The Bayou Bengals out-shot the Big Orange by a 14-7 count and 4-2 in shots on frame, while UT registered an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks in the contest.

Senior forward Chelsea Hatcher led the Lady Vols offense by taking four total shots, one on goal, while senior forward Emily Dowd was credited with Tennessee's other drive on net. Freshman keeper Julie Eckel made two saves over 90 minutes of work in falling to 8-3 on the season.

Lady Vols 4, Arkansas 0
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In front of 743 fans on a beautiful Sunday afternoon here at Razorback Field, the No. 10 Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team bounced back from a disappointing Friday night defeat in a major way by routing the Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-0.

Senior forward Emily Dowd led the UT offense, recording her fifth-career multiple-goal effort by tallying her seventh and eighth goals of 2011 while dishing an assist for five total points. Sophomore forward Caroline Brown registered her team-leading ninth goal of the campaign at 69:22 to finalize the Big Orange scoring. UT also got a Razorbacks own goal at 53:54 as UA defender Courtney Williams chipped a cross into her own net on a failed clearing attempt. Sophomore midfielder Sanna Saarinen tallied her second assist of the year on Dowd's opening score.

The Lady Vols (9-3-0, 2-2-0 Southeastern Conference) outshot the Razorbacks by an 18-17 count, including 12-9 in shots on frame, while each squad posted seven corner kicks in the match.

UT freshman net minder Julie Eckel made a career high nine saves in recording her fourth career solo and first SEC shutout.

Next: Friday vs. Mississippi, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Mississippi State, 2 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Swimming (1-0 for the weekend)
Lady Vols 194.5, UNC Wilmington 105.5
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Tennessee Lady Vols swimming and diving team got its season off on the right foot, winning 14 out of 16 events to defeat UNC Wilmington 194.5-105.5 here Friday afternoon at Seahawk Natatorium.

"It was great to get the season started," Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. "This was the earliest that we have competed since I have been here and I really like swimming a meet this early. It really gave us a chance to focus on some specific things that are difficult to focus on until you get into a meet."

As a team, the Big Orange shattered four pool records. Leading the way for Tennessee were senior Jenny Connolly and sophomore Lindsay Gendron, both of whom won multiple events for UT on the day.

Connolly's summer success carried over into her senior campaign, as she won the 200y back after touching in at 2:04.22 and added another victory in the 200y fly with a time of 2:03.74. Gendron, who won multiple events in every regular season dual meet she competed in last season, grabbed first in the 100y free (51.00), 100y fly (56.20) and 200y IM (2:05.08).

UNCW Open Water Swim
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team capped off its opening weekend of competition by bettering UNC Wilmington, 55-39, in the UNCW Open Water Swim on here Saturday morning.

This unique meet consisted of a one-mile run, followed by a three-mile swim. Sophomore Lindsay Gendron and junior Kelsey Floyd took the top two spots at the event. The duo each finished the race with a time of 53.58.

The Big Orange also claimed spots six through 13 against the Seahawks. Sophomore Alexandria Frasier and freshman Molly Hannis were the next two to finish, as they both had a clocking of 57:30.

Next: Oct. 22 vs. Indiana and Kentucky, 10 a.m. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Tennis (ITA All-American Championships)
ITA All-American Championships (Day 1)
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - After defeating No. 113 Alina Shazhko of Stephen F. Austin 6-1, 6-3, at the ITA All-American Championships, junior Kata Szekely (4-1) fell to Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt in the prequalifier semifinals here Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

With the afternoon win, Szekely recorded her second 4-0 start in her three years at Tennessee. The victory also marked her second ranked win of the season, evening her career record in such situations at 4-4.

Next: Oct. 3-9 at ITA All-American Championships, Pacific Palisades, Calif. // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Tennis (ITA All-American/Ga. Tech Fall Invitational)
ITA All-American/Ga. Tech Fall Invitational (Day 1)
TULSA, Okla. -- Tennessee sophomore Jarryd Chaplin earned a straight-sets victory to advance to the third round of singles pre-qualifying here at the ITA All-American Championships.

Chaplin, who got a bye in the first round, beat Gustav Kallen of St. John's 7-5, 6-3 in his only match of the day at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Freshman Brandon Fickey lost his first pre-qualifying match, falling 6-1, 6-1 to Memphis' Johnny Grimal.

At Georgia Tech: The Vols both started and finished competition at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational on Saturday in Atlanta, with all four Vols losing in the main draw of either the first or second singles flight.

Freshman Peter Nagovnak provided the lone win for Tennessee, defeating fifth-seeded Vikram Reddy of Alabama 7-6 (4), 6-4. Reddy played No. 3 in the singles lineup for the Crimson Tide last season.

Later in the afternoon, he lost to Armstrong Atlantic's Sven Ialic 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Next: Oct. 3-9 at ITA All-American Championships, Tulsa, Okla. // FULL SCHEDULE

Women's Cross Country (32nd at Brooks Paul Short Run)
Brooks Paul Short Run
BETHLEHEM, Pa -- Senior Brittany Sheffey once again paced the Tennessee women's cross country team, leading the Lady Vols in Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run here at Lehigh University.

Sheffey was UT's top female finisher for the third straight meet and contributed to the scoring cause for J.J. Clark's squad in her 21st-consecutive race. The product of Bellport, N.Y., crossed the line in 21 minutes, 19 seconds to place 41st in a field of 396 runners in the women's Gold Race on the 6000-meter Goodman Campus Course. Sheffey had placed 14th here in 2009 in a career-best 20:39.

The Lady Vols, who came in 38th a year ago, climbed to 32nd out of 45 squads this time around with 879 points despite the absence of two of their top-five runners. Third-ranked Providence captured the women's team trophy over No. 5 Villanova, 101-104. No. 1 Villanova wound up fourth at 141, just behind the 125-point collaboration of 12th-ranked Syracuse.

Next: Oct. 15 at Crimson Classic, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 9 a.m. Central // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Cross Country (37th at Brooks Paul Short Run)
Brooks Paul Short Run
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Senior Chris Bodary once again paced the Tennessee men's cross country team, leading the Vols in Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run here at Lehigh University.

For the third time this season, Bodary was out front for the Vols. Making his final collegiate cross country return to his home state, the native of Downingtown covered the 8000-meter Goodman Campus Course in 25 minutes, 28 seconds to finish 90th (87th scorer) in a field of 402 runners in the men's Gold Race. Bodary had crossed the line 61st a year ago in 25:00.

The Tennessee men finished 37th out of 45 teams on the 8000-meter layout, accumulating 1020 points. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma claimed victory in the men's competition, tallying 34 points. Twenty-second-ranked Georgetown was a distant second with 134.

Next: Oct. 15 at Crimson Classic, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 8:30 a.m. Central // FULL SCHEDULE

Men's Golf (7th at Rod Myers Invitational)
Rod Myers Invitational (Day 1)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Tennessee's quick start to the fall golf season took a slight tumble Saturday at the Rod Myers Invitational.

The Vols never found a rhythm and stand tied for sixth place through 36 holes here at the Duke University Golf Course. Garrick Porteous and Danny Keddie are 15th and 21st, respectively, but no other UT player made it inside the top 40.

Charlotte placed four players in the top 10 to grab the 36-hole lead at 3-under 573. Duke is second at 575, followed by Baylor at 580, Iowa at 582 and Tulsa at 589. Michigan surged late to tie the Vols at 19-over-par 595.

Rod Myers Invitational (Day 2)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rick Lamb's best day of his young Tennessee golfing career wasn't nearly enough to offset a disappointing Vols afternoon and weekend.

Sunday's tournament scores were the highest of the two days here at the Rod Myers Invitational, and UT contributed to those numbers. Tennessee had its worst round of the season by eight strokes, swelling to an 18-over-par 306 Sunday that dropped the Vols into seventh place at 37-over 901.

Next: Oct. 14-16 at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, Jonesborough // FULL SCHEDULE

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