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
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
UT volleyball loses hard match
Published: Tue Oct 12, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:59 p.m.