The Tennessee Lady Vols' chances for a berth in the NCAA tournament died as

the Lady Vols were eliminated by No. 13 Arkansas 3-0 (7-15, 6-15, 9-15) in

the second round of the SEC tournament Friday night in Fayetteville,


With the loss, the Lady Vols concluded their season with a 19-10 overall

record while Arkansas improved to 25-3.

The Lady Vols took the early advantage in the match as they jumped to a 5-2

lead in game one. Tennessee soon saw the momentum shift, though, as

Arkansas scored nine unanswered points for an 11-5 advantage, and an

eventual 15-7 game-one victory.

The teams battled back and forth in game two before Arkansas broke a 5-5

tie with a four-point run. The Razorbacks closed out the Lady Vols with a

6-1 spurt to win game two, 15-6.

In game three, despite a spirited effort, the Lady Vols couldn't overcome

Arkansas as the Razorbacks ended the match with a 15-9 victory in game


Freshman Stephanie Knight led Tennessee with 10 kills. Freshman Erica Lear

added 38 assists while senior Mary Heinecke recorded a team-high 17


For the match, Tennessee had a .182 hitting percentage compared to

Arkansas, which registered a .301 attack mark.

Tennessee advanced to the second round of the SECs with a 3-0 victory over

Alabama earlier in the day on Friday. The Lady Vols swept to the win

(15-10, 16-14, 15-11) on the strength of 16 kills by Ariana Wilson and

Lear's 64 assists.

Wilson and Chris Jestila were named Second Team All-SEC Thursday.