The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team wrapped up a three-match homestand
on Sunday afternoon in a 4-15, 15-9, 11-15, 15-7, 13-15 loss to
Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State.

It was UT's fifth straight loss and dropped the team's record to 8-14
overall and 2-8 in the SEC. Mississippi State improved to 12-13 overall and
3-6 in conference play.

After the two teams split the first four games, the Lady Bulldogs raced out
to a 9-6 lead in the decisive game under rally-scoring rules. Mississippi
State eventually led, 13-11, before the Lady Vols put together back-to-back
points to tie the game. However, the Bulldogs were able to score the final
two points of the match and walk away with their second victory in 19
tries.

A lack of depth definitely spelled defeat for UT. The Lady Vols came into
the match with just seven players; outside hitter Cissi Lennartsson and
freshman setter Allison Stricklin sat out due to injuries.

"We're just too banged up to be getting into matches that last five games
right now," Tennessee head coach Julie Hermann said. "Until we get
everybody healthy, we're going to struggle."

Senior outside hitter Sonja Thomas had her third straight match with 20 or
more kills, as she ended with 28 kills and 20 digs. Junior outside hitter
Amy Buchanan added 21 kills while freshmen Jenny Meeks and Courtney
Huettemann each chipped in with 13 kills. Senior setter Molly Mooney had a
68-assist, 16-dig outing for the Lady Vols and freshman outside hitter
Kerry Ginter contributed 16 digs to the UT cause.

Mississippi State had a career high 25 kills to go along with 12 digs from
senior outside hitter Nicolle Carter. Junior outside hitter Misty Farmer
added 12 kills and 15 digs for the Lady Bulldogs.