A weekend trip to the state of Alabama proved unfruitful for the
Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team as UT began Southeastern Conference play
by dropping a pair of matches.

The Lady Vols were downed by Alabama in three straight games on Friday,
as Alabama freshman Nina Foster's 23 kills and .444 hitting percentage led
the Crimson Tide to a 15-9, 15-7, 15-13 victory.

Senior outside hitter Sonja Thomas led the Lady Vols with 12 kills,
while junior outside hitter Amy Buchanan recorded 11 digs. Freshman setter
Allison Stricklin had 33 assists for UT, which managed just a .056 hitting
percentage for the match.

UT came out strong on Sunday afternoon against Auburn and took the first
game by a 15-9 score. But the Tigers took the next three games, 15-6,
15-12, 15-11 to win the match by a 3-1 score. Allyson Beecroft's 26 kills
paved the road to a win for Auburn.

Despite the loss, senior outside hitter Cissi Lennartsson came up with
the first 20-kill performance by a Lady Vol this season. Lennartsson
recorded 22 kills and hit an impressive .350.

Buchanan added 15 kills and 15 digs, while Thomas had 13 kills and 21
digs. Senior setter Molly Mooney added 16 digs for UT.