The No. 21 Lady Vols soccer team triumphed over host James Madison at the JMU/Comfort Inn Invitational on Friday. Freshman Keeley Dowling headed in a corner kick taken by classmate Sue Flamini with 11:35 remaining to break a 2-2 t
ie and lift the team to a 4-2 victory.
@Normal:Flamini, who also dished out a couple of assists, would later tack on an insurance score with 3:04 left as UT improved to 2-1 on the season and dealt the Dukes (2-1) their first setback. Tennessee met Rutgers for the tournament title on Sunday at
noon. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Scarlet Knights blanked North Carolina State, 3-0 earlier Saturday. "Our goal was to play a more attractive style and I think that for 70 minutes we accomplished our goal," said head coach Angie Kelly. "We have a long way to go with such a young team,
but collectively we realize that the season is a marathon and not a sprint. Although the learning curve is high, we want hard work to be the signature of the Lady Vols. The freshmen have stepped up big for us, specifically Sue (Flamini) with four points
tonight, and Keeley, who have each netted match-winners within their first three collegiate contests."
Volleyball team nets second straight shutout
For the second time in as many matches, the Lady Vols volleyball team blanked its opponent as UT defeated California-Berkeley on Saturday, improving to 3-0 in the championship of the California Golden Bear Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
UT ran its record to 4-1 while Cal dropped to 3-2.
Junior outside hitter Janelle Hester added 18 kills and took home the tournament's most valuable player honors. Joining Hester on the All-Tournament team were seniors Erica Lear and Ariana Wilson. Lear tallied 41 assists and a team-high 10 digs, while Wil
son contributed 13 kills with no errors in addition to three digs and two blocks.
Tennessee won the first game 30-24, connecting on 54 percent of their attacks. Game two saw Tennessee do the exact opposite, hitting a dismal .023. However, strong defense and solid serving resulted in a 30-28 victory.
In the third game, Tennessee came back in fine fashion, hitting above .300 to capture the game with a 30-23 victory to clinch the match. Tennessee also managed only three errors in the game.
The Lady Vols round out their Western road trip Monday as they travel to San Jose State.
Vols open cross country season
The Volunteers cross country squad tallied 78 points to finish fourth at the 5K UTC Invitational in Chattanooga on Friday.
Tennessee's Tim Kelly took runner-up honors and Keith Kimmons placed sixth to lead the pack.
"Tim Kelly and Keith Kimmons did a nice job," coach George Watts said. "They were coming on strong at the end of the race. I'm disappointed with the way the rest of the guys ran. Even though we were running tired, we should be able to run a little faster
over 5,000 meters. It's nothing to be concerned about - we held out four or five guys. I'm confident we'll get better as the season progresses."
Kelly clocked a strong 15:51 for his silver finish, just one tick off gold-medal pace. The runner-up effort marked Kelly's first cross country race as a Vol, though he did compete in track last spring. Meanwhile, Kimmons charged to the finish line in 15:5
7, passing nine runners in the last 400 meters, to grab sixth.
Southeastern Conference rival Auburn took the team title with 43 points.
The Volunteers play host for their next outing, the Tennessee Invitational, next Friday evening at Blount County's Lambert Acres Golf Course.