The University of Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team came from behind to take a 3-2 triumph from Marquette on Friday afternoon in the Stokely Athletics Center.
The 34-36, 30-20, 24-30, 30-22, 15-10 victory marked the first five-game match the Lady Vols have come away with all season.
It also marked the last time three seniors, Erica Lear, Andrea Peterson and Ariana Wilson, would don the Orange and White for Tennessee.
Lear finished her career with a 67-assist, 10-dig and two-block performance. The setter took over Tennessee's career assist mark earlier this season and ended up with a career total of 5,069, 395 more than the previous record of 4,674, which was held for eight years by Molly Mooney. Lear's collegiate career total also ranks her seventh all-time in the Southeastern Conference record book.
Peterson had a match-high 16 digs and three service aces against Marquette. She ranks eighth on UT's career dig chart. Wilson recorded 16 kills and eight blocks in her final outing for Patrick. She holds Tennessee's career record for attacks with 3,881 over four years. The Cincinnati, Ohio native, also ranks second on the career kills and blocks lists. She also ranks fourth with a career hitting percentage of .313.
"I'm happy we were able to end the season on a positive note," said head coach Rob Patrick. "The team really worked hard out there today and played through some rough patches to come away with the win."
The Lady Vols were led by junior outside hitter Janelle Hester who recorded a career-high 35 kills and added 14 digs. Her kill total is a season-high for the Lady Vols and notches as the fifth-highest single match kill tally in Lady Vols history. She also hit a team-high .435 in the match.
"Janelle's last two matches have been great," Patrick said. "Hopefully, as she continues to work over the spring she will build on this momentum and it will catapult her into a highly successful senior season."
Junior Kelli Scott recorded 15 digs and 10 kills for her 10th double-double of the season. Freshman Whitney Gifford led the team with 10 blocks while also contributing 14 digs and eight kills. Gifford's classmate, Michelle Piantadosi finished the match with nine kills and eight blocks, while sophomore Alex Compeau added three service aces and six digs on the afternoon.
Tennessee completes the year with a 16-11 overall record while Marquette falls to 19-13. The Lady Vols out-hit the Golden Eagles, .242-.166 and out blocked them 16-12. With three different Lady Vols each recording three service aces, UT doubled its opponents' tally in the stat category with 12.
Tennessee will play a limited spring tournament schedule.