Despite a 3-2 loss to No. 21 Arkansas on Sunday at the Stokely Athletic

Center, the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team showed one of the elite

teams in the SEC, if not the entire country, that Tennessee volleyball is

back. The five-game match was Tennessee's fifth this season and the first

in eight career meetings versus Arkansas. The loss snapped the Lady Vols

season high five-match winning streak and drops the squad to 11-8 overall

and 4-2 in the SEC while the Lady 'Backs improve to 14-4 and 4-1 in the

conference.

Tennessee came out strong in the contest as they led throughout the first

game en route to a 15-11 game one victory. The Orange and White carried

that momentum into game two as they pushed out to an early 10-0 lead. The

Lady 'Backs though, as is their custom, battled back to even the game at

12, and then put the game away with a pair of kills and a UT error for a

15-13 margin. Arkansas then took game three, 15-7, before Tennessee rallied

to win game four, 15-11. In the deciding game five, the Lady 'Backs took

the game and the match with a 15-6 decision.

"I thought we had two very good teams who battled down to the last game and

into the end Arkansas made the plays to win the match," Tennessee head

coach Rob Patrick said.

"I thought we did some really good things today, and if we should get the

opportunity to play Arkansas again it will be on our home court at the SEC

tournament. I know the girls are very disappointed that we didn't win, but

we are a much improved team over what we were earlier in the season."

Sophomore middle blocker Ariana Wilson led the UT attack with 23 kills and

six blocks. Adding career highs for kill were senior middle blocker Erika

Brez and freshman outside hitter Jennifer Elliot with 19 and 18 kills

respectively. Elliot along with freshman outside hitter Kelli Scott tallied

17 digs to go along with a career-best 10 digs from Brez. Sophomore setter

Erica Lear led the squad with 70 assists.

As a team, the Lady Vols registered a .214 hitting percentage compared to

Arkansas which recorded a .286 attack mark.

The Lady Vols will next be in action on Tuesday, Oct. 12 when they travel

to Asheville, N.C. to take on the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville beginning at 7

p.m.