The Kentucky Wildcats got some payback Sunday for Friday's loss at Tennessee by beating the Lady Vols 3-1 (14-16, 15-13, 5-15, 11-15) in a tough, four-game match at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.
The teams battled back and forth on service points in the first game, but the Lady Vols were unable to connect and UK came back to take the lead in the match, 1-0, with a 16-14 win.
In game two, the Lady Vols charged out to an 8-4 lead at the media time-out. After the break, Kentucky regrouped and battled back to tie the game at eight and go up 12-9. Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick called a time-out to rally his troops. Tennessee came back to stop UK's serve and scored five consecutive points to go up 14-12. UT took the game and tied the match with a 15-13 victory.
Kentucky cruised through the third game, taking the frame 15-5.
Down 2-1 in the match, it was do or die time for Tennessee. The team opened the fourth stanza with two straight points but the Cats battled back and knotted the game at three and then pushed ahead 8-4. UK extended its lead to five points at 10-5. Scoring three straight points on Jennifer Elliott's serve, the Lady Vols came back to within two points at 10-8. The teams traded points and the match was at 12-11 before the Wildcats reeled of three straight points to notch a 15-11 victory in the fourth frame and the 3-1 win overall. The Lady Vols fall to 21-7 overall, 9-5 in the SEC.
Junior middle blocker Ariana Wilson led the way for the Vols, tallying 30 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Janelle Hester added 18 kills in the losing effort, while outside hitter Kelli Scott contributed 14. Junior setter Erica Lear set her way to 71 assists while the team hit a solid .250 on the match.
Freshman middle blocker Trinia Cuseo added 12 kills on the match. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Elliott anchored the defense with 17 digs while Andrea Peterson chipped in 16.
Tennessee will compete at the SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday. The Lady Vols are seeded fourth and will meet the fifth seed, Arkansas, at 12:30 p.m.