The University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team ran its season mark to 10-2 Sunday afternoon by virtue of a 3-0 (30-20, 30-28, 30-15) triumph over Appalachian State in Stokely Athletics Center. The loss was the Mountaineers' fifth straight, dropping their record to 7-7 on the year.
After trading points back and forth to set the score at 5-5 in the first game, the Lady Vols took command, allowing Appalachian State only one tie thereafter.
Sophomore middle blocker Michelle Piantadosi gave UT its largest lead of the frame, 29-18, with one of her 13 kills of the afternoon. Tennessee won the first game, 30-20.
The second game was a different story for the Lady Vols. UT clung to several precarious leads throughout the frame, but surrendered the advantage to the Mountaineers when freshman outside hitter Chrissy Finch denied Lady Vol freshman middle blocker Kristen Andre's attack for a 19-18 lead. Trailing 26-22 in game two, UT responded by taking eight of the next 10 points. Five of those points came behind the solid serving of junior defensive specialist Alex Compeau. The Mountaineers had a chance to even the score at 29-29, but ASU was out of rotation when Finch served the ball, giving the Lady Vols the 30-28 win.
Tennessee doubled up the Mountaineers in the final frame, 30-15, for the victory.
Lady Vol senior outside hitter Janelle Hester returned to the team after missing the last two matches due to a family emergency. She led UT's offensive effort with 14 kills and five errors on 28 attacks for a .321 hitting percentage.
"It was good to have Janelle back," UT coach Rob Patrick said. "She's our biggest offensive weapon, and in reality, it was good for us as a team to not have her for a couple of matches."
Other statistical notables on the afternoon for the Orange and White included freshman setter Julie Knytych, who assisted on 30 of UT's 37 kills. The LaGrange Park, Ill., native also recorded the first solo block of her career during the match. Freshman middle blocker Heather Harrington made her presence felt on defensive front, tying a career-high with four blocks.