After dropping its first two matches of the road trip to Duke and
Minnesota, the Tennessee women's volleyball team fought back strong with an
easy victory over North Carolina Saturday night.

The Lady Vols kicked off their three-day stay in North Carolina by losing
to No. 16 Duke, 2-15, 12-15, 14-16. UT fought hard in the final two games
of the match, but couldn't overcome an impressive offensive display by the
Blue Devils, who hit .391 as a team.

Senior outside hitter Sonja Thomas had a 17-kill, 19-dig effort and hit
.318 in the losing effort while senior outside-hitter Cissi Lennartsson
added 18 kills and a career-high 24 digs.

On Friday afternoon, the Lady Vols dropped their third straight match, a
7-15, 16-14, 12-15, 9-15 decision at the hands of Minnesota, another team
which is receiving top 20 votes. Junior outside-hitter Amy Buchanan led the
way for Tennessee with 18 kills and 13 digs while Lennartsson, 20 digs, and
Thomas, 13 digs, each added 16 kills. Freshman setter Allison Stricklin
passed off for a career-high 51 assists.

UT was able to prevent a winless road trip and even its record at 3-3 with
Saturday's 15-10, 15-6, 15-9 victory over the host Tar Heels. Buchanan had
an outstanding match with 17 kills and 11 digs to complement a .424 hitting
percentage. Lennartsson added 11 kills and 17 digs for the Lady Vols.

Tennessee will now be in Knoxville for the first time this season as it
hosts the Mazda Classis on Thursday and Friday. The Lady Vols will take on
Morehead State, Arkansas State, Radford and Boise State in the five-team
tournament.