Tennessee swept through the competition at this year's Toyota Lady Vol
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
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
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
Lady Vols slam rivals in volleyball tourney
Published: Tue Sep 08, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:35 p.m.