Tennessee swept through the competition at this year's Toyota Lady Vol

Classic.

After two straight 3-0 matches against Florida Atlantic and Radford, the

Lady Vols matched up against Cleveland State on Saturday night. Tennessee

looked like it might make it a third straight 3-0 match as they jumped

ahead 2-0 (15-13, 15-8), but Cleveland State made it a match, capturing the

third and fourth sets (12-15, 9-15).

The Big Orange then reclaimed their winning form, though, taking the final

set 15-8.

All-Tournament honoree Chris Jestila led the University of Tennessee with

28 kills and 19 digs for the match while Tournament MVP Mary Heinecke added

20 kills. Christy Warren did her part with 49 assists, while Kim Obiala and

Lynn Lovingier each added 13 digs.

The Big Orange welcomed Florida Atlantic to the opening of Tennessee's new

home on Friday and then ushered them out quite quickly. Tennessee came out

on fire, pouncing on Florida Atlantic 15-0. It was the first time Tennessee

had had a perfect set since 1988.

The Lady Vols then took the next set 15-5 before struggling a bit in the

third, 16-14. Mary Heinecke and Kim Obiala combined to help the Lady Vols

even their record at 1-1 with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Christy

Warren and Erica Lear split 26 assists while Lynn Lovingier led in the digs

column with 12. Ariana Wilson, Kim Obiala and Stephanie Knight

combined

for 10 blocks on the night.

Tennessee will be in action next at the Houston Tournament on Friday and

Saturday. The Lady Vols will face Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-San

Antonio and Houston. Their next home game is Sept. 17 against

MCSA-Russia.