For the first time since 1991, the UT volleyball team has started the

season with a perfect 3-0 mark. On Saturday, Tennessee defeated Providence

3-0 (15-7, 15-9, 16-14) in the first of its two matches on the day at the

Days Inn/JMU Classic in Harrisonburg, Va. With the victory, UT improves to

3-0 while the Friars fall to 0-2.

"I thought our team showed a lot of poise, especially with a unique lineup

that we had never really had before," said Tennessee head coach Rob

Patrick. "I thought the people who came in to help us out turned in a

fantastic effort."

Sophomore middle blocker Stephanie Knight (Gilbert, Ariz.) led the Lady Vol

attack as she recorded a team-best 17 kills. Also posting double-figure

kill matches were freshmen outside hitters Jennifer Elliot (Kyle, Texas)

and Kelli Scott (Peoria, Ariz.) with 13 and 11 kills apiece. Knight,

Elliott and Scott would add 13, 11 and 10 digs, respectively for UT.

Additionally, junior setter Laura Paul (Ballwin, Mo.) and sophomore setter

Erica Lear (Columbus, Ind.) tallied 30 and 20 assists to the Lady Vol

offensive attack. Senior middle blocker Erika Brez (Washington, Mo.) was

once again outstanding for UT as she turned in a nine-kill, five-block

performance.

As a team Tennessee posted its third-consecutive match with a hitting

percentage of .300 or higher as the Lady Vols recorded a .365 attack mark

compared to the Friars which only hit .160.

The Lady Vols played James Madison (1-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the

finale of the JMU Classic. Results were not available at press time.