Ellen Mullins needed 11 digs to move into the No. 1 spot for Tennessee's all-time career digs record.

That was exactly how many UT's senior defensive specialists got in UT's straight set loss to No. 7 Florida on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Now with 1,756 digs for her career, Mullins surpassed Chloe Goldman, who originally set the record at 1,755 digs in 2008.

"It's a really special moment, and I'm so honored," Mullins said. "I never would have thought this would be accomplished. Those players before me were so good, and it's an honor to be among the top with them."

Mullins, a Nashville native, praised her teammates and coaches for their help throughout her career that led to the milestone, but the praise her coach had for her was even greater.

"She's a great person and embodies what we're about," UT head coach Rob Patrick said of his senior libero. "The other people's records that she is breaking were All-Americans. This is more than breaking a record that regular players held. She broke a record that All-Americans held."

The Lady Vols volleyball team recovered after dropping a close five-set match with the LSU Tigers Sunday afternoon but still were outmatched against the streaking Gators (25-3, 14-2 SEC).

Florida took the match 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 to push UT's losing streak to seven games.

Despite the record and ranking, the Lady Vols brought a strong attack to the Gators by leading the majority of the second set before relinquishing control to Florida as the set culminated.

"We made an error here and there, and then they would make a good play," Patrick said. "When you play a physical team, you have to play perfect, and that's just difficult because we are young and have players in different positions."

Ashley Mariani led the Lady Vols by recording 12 kills followed by Jamie Lea with seven.

The Lady Vols continued to battle in the third, but felt the lead quickly slipping away.

"Our passing broke down in the third set, and we weren't able to split the blocks," Patrick said. "The passing was what carried us through most of the match."

The teams are likely to finish the season in opposite ends of the conference standings.

Florida is chasing the undefeated Missouri Tigers (31-0. 15-0) for first place, and Tennessee is scrapping to avoid the last place standing.

The Lady Vols have three remaining games left in the 2013 schedule to escape the cellar. First up is a trip to Auburn (17-10, 8-7 SEC) on Friday followed by a match at Alabama (21-8, 8-6) on Sunday.

Tennessee's last win came Oct. 25 against South Carolina. The best chance for the Lady Vols to pick up a second conference win is likely on Senior Day at Thompson-Boling Arena against Mississippi State (11-17, 2-12 SEC) on Nov. 30.