Both the Tennessee Lady Vols and the Ole Miss Lady Rebels volleyball teams entered Friday night's match on three-game losing streaks.
Something had to give inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
Things were looking great early for the Lady Vols who used a 5-1 run to end the first set and take a 1-0 lead in the game.
The Lady Vols then lost the next 3 sets, 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 to continue a rough stretch that has seen the team lose 11 out of their last 12.
"They played really well." Lady Vols head coach Rob Patrick said when evaluating their performance. "Whenever we made an error, they took advantage of those miscues... That is a part of playing great, they played great because they took advantage of the things we didn't do well."
The Lady Vols seemed to be on their way to winning the second set as they led 12-11, but a 14-6 run to close out the set by Ole Miss changed the tide of the contest.
While in a losing effort, freshmen Ashley Mariani delivered a great performance for UT, leading the team in kills with 14, five of which came in the second set.
"I was very happy with it," Mariani said about her performance. "I felt like I could a little better front row hitting wise and blocking wise, but I was pretty happy with my overall performance."
Despite the loss, Patrick was still very proud of his player Ashley Mariani's performance and her ability to play every position on the court.
"She is someone we are very, very proud of on how she's come and just you know tried to do everything we have asked her to do," Patrick said. "We have put her into some pretty tough situations as a first year player and she's really handled as well as she can and for her to have a game like this makes me very proud of her since she has been unable to get comfortable in any position."
Patrick is also impressed with how his young team has responded to all injuries and adversities they have faced this year despite the loss.
"We are young and still have people that are inexperienced, the one thing I really like is that although we are moving people around," Patrick said. "I really like how they are just rolling with the changes, doing everything they can to do well with the changes we have had to make with the all the injuries we have faced."
Ashley Mariani even offered areas where they could improve on and learn from after the loss.
"We need to fight back more when we get into our little low spots, we need to be more consistent, eliminate ups and downs," Mariani said.
The Lady Vols will look to end their losing streak when they travel to College Station, Texas to play the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday.