The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team suffered its third loss of the season to No. 9 Florida in the semifinals of the SEC Championships on Nov. 18 in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators' 3-0 victory marked the second time in as many years that UF has knocked UT out of the conference tourney.
The Lady Vols sprinted out of the gates, going up 6-0 in the first game behind strong front row play of Kristen Clements and Janelle Hester. But Patrick's squad was unable to hold on to its serve and the Gators went on to take the lead in the match with a 15-10 victory. Florida went on to take the second game 15-13. Trinia Cuseo tallied eight kills in the game to lead the Lady Vol attack. The Gators would not let Tennessee get any closer, taking the match with a 15-9 victory.
Cuseo led the Lady Vols, tying a career-high with 15 kills. Junior setter Erica Lear posted 38 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Kelli Scott tallied a team-high 11 digs and turned seven kills.
The loss came after a victory over Arkansas on Nov. 17 that pushed them into the matchup with the home-standing Gators.
After going 1-1 in the tourney, the Lady Vols are 22-8. Parsons advances in USTA Challenger
Tennessee senior Mark Parsons made it to the final round of qualification Sunday in the USTA/UT Challenger at the Goodfriend Tennis Center on the UT campus.
Parsons won his first-round match against James Kent of the United States 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3. He then went on to defeat the tournament's No. 4 seed and world's No. 572 player, Gregory Carraz of France 7-6 (4), 6-2, to advance into Monday's finals against Wesley Whitehouse of South Africa. The winner of the Parsons-Whitehouse match will advance into the main draw.
Tennessee junior Adam Carey also won his first-round qualification match, defeating Mat Cloer of the United States 6-2, 6-1. He then lost in the second round to the tournament's No. 7 seed, Jicham Zaatini of Libya 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
Volunteer freshmen Wade Orr and Michael Maddox also played first-round qualifying matches. Orr lost to Cary Franklin of the United States 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Maddox lost to the tournament's No. 8 seed, Damien Roberts of South Africa 7-5, 6-1.
Senior Paul Podbury and junior Peter Handoyo, begin play in the main draw as a result of receiving wild card bids.