Tennessee volleyball head coach Rob Patrick announced today that junior

outside hitter Chris Jestila will not return for her senior season.

The decision to end her playing career was reached after arthroscopic

surgery on her right shoulder revealed a tear to her labrum with partial

rotator cuff thickening in the shoulder.

The procedure was conducted by Dr. Greg Mathian at St. Mary's Hospital in

Knoxville. The scope also found a partial tear to her right biceps tendon,

with two-thirds of the biceps tendon remaining intact.

"Based on Dr. Mathian's recommendations following surgery, it has been

mutually decided that in the best interests of Chris that she discontinue

her volleyball career," said assistant athletics director for athletic

training Jenny Moshak.

"The decision to end my playing career was a difficult one to make but I

feel it is in my best interests to stop competing at this time," Jestila

said.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Jestila earned second-team All-SEC honors as

well as Academic All-SEC accolades during the 1998 campaign. In 25 matches,

Jestila averaged team highs in kills (3.85) and digs (2.78) per game for a

Lady Vols squad which finished with its best mark (19-10) since 1988.

Her leadership on and off the court aided in the rapid development of a

Tennessee squad which featured four freshman starters. She concluded her UT

career ninth all time in total attempts (2,637) and 10th in kills (1,012).

Jestila, a marketing major, will graduate in June.

"It will be a loss for the team not having Chris on the court," Patrick

said. "She was one of the only returning upperclassmen who had extended

playing time in the past. I think we have people who will step up, but she

would have really helped the team with her experience."

"We wish her luck because she left an indelible mark on our program."