The Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team suffered a 3-2 setback to Louisville on Monday at Cardinal Arena. Playing in competition for the first time in eight days after this past weekend's matches were put on hold in the wak
e of the national tragedy, the Lady Vols fell by the scores of 26-30, 30-27, 20-30, 33-31, 15-11.
Senior outside hitter Ariana Wilson headlined UT's match, slamming down 24 kills while hitting a match-high .476 and posting 10 blocks. Senior setter Erica Lear tallied 49 assists and 14 digs in the losing effort. Junior outside hitter Janelle Hester reco
rded 14 kills and seven blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Trinia Cuseo had a career high 12 blocks. Tennessee outblocked U of L 22 to 13 in its best blocking effort this season.
The Lady Vols now head back to Knoxville, where they will open the Southeastern Conference season at 7 p.m. Friday with a match against Louisiana State at the Stokely Athletics Center. The weekend concludes at 2 p.m. Sunday with a league match versus Arka
Lady Vols place well in tennis polls
Five Tennessee Lady Vols tennis players represent co-head coaches Mike Patrick and Sonia Hahn-Patrick's squad in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason rankings.
Four received singles recognition, while two doubles pairings made the list.
The doubles team of senior Alison Ojeda and junior Crystal Cleveland highlight the UT rankings. The pair is ranked No. 5, improving on its No. 16 ranking at the end of last season. Cleveland and Ojeda finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 20-1 record and e
arned first team All- Southeastern Conference honors in the process.
Ojeda improved on her singles ranking, jumping from a final ranking of No. 23 to No. 16 in the preseason poll. Ojeda's classmate, Kim Gates, is ranked No. 40 after finishing in No. 66 in the final poll last year. Coming in four spots behind Gates is junio
r Vilmarie Castellvi, who also improves on last year's ranking, racing from No. 70 to No. 44. Closing out UT's presence in the singles ranks is senior Agnes Wiski, who stands at No. 81.
UT's duo of Castellvi and freshman Majen Immink is projected at No. 42 in the doubles rankings.