The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team proved unequal to the task of
defeating defending SEC champion and fourth-ranked Florida on Sunday as the
Gators handed the Lady Vols only their third conference loss of the season
with a 3-0 (15-2, 15-4, 15-7) decision at the Stokely Athletic Center. The
defeat snaps UT's four-match winning streak and drops the Lady Vols to a
15-9 overall and 6-3 in the SEC , while Florida improves to 19-2 on the
season and a perfect 10-0 in the SEC.
"We had opportunities to score points today but our outside hitters really
did not have a good afternoon, so consequently we could not put the points
away," said Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick. "I thought we played great
defense and we competed with a lot of heart. The thing we need to do is to
get better at scoring points against a team like Florida. When that
happens, I think we will be fine."
At the head of the Lady Vol attack was Tennessee's Arizona connection of
sophomore middle blocker Stephanie Knight and freshman outside hitter Kelli
Scott. Knight had a fine outing as she registered a team-best .316 hitting
percentage to go along with 10 kills. Scott led the squad with 11 digs
while sophomore setter Erica Lear added 23 assists.
As a team, Tennessee recorded a .072 attack mark compared to Florida, which
connected for a .311 hitting percentage.
The Lady Vols' next opponent will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when they close
out non-conference play with a match against Georgia State at the Stokely
Athletic Center at 7 p.m.
Tennis Vols claim three titles at South Carolina Invitational
The Tennessee men's tennis team won two singles championships and one
doubles title on Sunday at the South Carolina Fall Invitational held on the
University of South Carolina campus.
Mark Parson cruised to victory in the A-1 flight by winning two matches on
Sunday. Parsons defeated Robert Steckley of South Carolina in the
semifinals 6-4, 6-1. He then defeated Josh Goffi of Clemson in the final
round 7-5, 6-4. Parsons did not lose a single set in any of his five
matches of the tournament's No. 1 draw.
Mark Fitzpatrick tasted victory twice on Sunday. He captured the singles
crown in the B-1 division by defeating Mita Pavlinic of Georgia State in
the semifinals 6-4, 6-4. He then beat Travis Parrot of Georgia in the
finals 6-3, 6-3.
Fitzpatrick then teamed up with doubles partner Paul Podbury to claim the
A-2a doubles championship. The duo defeated Matias Booker and Parrot of
Georgia 8-6 to win the Vols' third championship of the tournament.
The three titles are the first titles the Vols have won this season.
UF stops UT's volleyball wins
Published: Tue Oct 26, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:01 p.m.