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
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
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.
Volleyball team starts undefeated
Published: Tue Sep 07, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:55 p.m.