The Lady Vol Volleyball team dropped its fifth-consecutive match on

Saturday with a 3-0 loss to No. 20 Southern California at the Aston's Imua

Wahine Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawaii.

With the loss, UT falls to 3-5 on the season while the Trojans improve to

3-2. Junior setter Laura Paul led Tennessee as she tallied 24 assists and a

team-best nine digs in UT's second match versus a ranked opponent in as

many days.

Sophomore middle blocker Ariana Wilson netted top-kill honors for the

Orange and White with seven. Freshman outside hitter Jennifer Elliott also

registered a solid performance for UT with a recorded seven digs and five


As a team, Tennessee continued to struggle, posting its fourth straight

match with a hitting percentage below .200. The Lady Vols recorded a .104

attack mark compared to USC, which posted a .339 hitting percentage.

Following the Lady Vols return to Knoxville, the squad will have the week

to prepare for their home opener against Eastern Michigan on Friday, Sept.

17. The match will be part of the third annual Toyota Lady Vol Classic at

the Stokely Athletic Center. Other participating schools in the two-day

event are Kansas and Lehigh.