Aug. 31, 2002
The University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team surrendered no more than 21 points in a little over an hour, as they cruised to a 3-0 (30-19, 30-15, 30-21) triumph over Iona in the first of their two matches at the Fordham Rose Hill Classic on Saturday. The match was played at Rose Hill Gymnasium in Bronx, N.Y. With the win, UT remained undefeated on the year at 2-0, while the loss dropped Iona to 0-2 for the season.
In a reversal of yesterday's match with Cal State Fullerton, the Big Orange wasted no time in building a sizable lead in the first game, the largest of which came on game point at 29-17 when senior outside hitter Janelle Hester recorded her first and only service ace of the match. UT went on to win game one by a 30-19 count. Hester paced the Lady Vols' offensive attack with seven kills in the frame, followed by senior outside hitter Kelli Scott and freshman middle blocker Kristen Andre with five kills each. Hester also led the defensive efforts with 11 digs.
The Lady Vols did not let up in the second game, as Hester and Andre added five more kills to their total in the second frame. Andre finished the contest with 12 kills for her first match with double-digit kills. Through game two, UT had recorded 42 kills and committed only 8 hitting errors for an impressive .447 hitting percentage. The Orange and White finished off the Gaels by a score of 30-15 in the second frame.
Iona kept the third game relatively close early on, eventually cutting the Lady Vols' leads to three points on a number of occasions. UT's relentless hitting and defense, however, pushed them to a 27-19 advantage after Scott inspired her teammates with her powerful jump serving. The Big Orange went on to take the match at 30-21 for the 3-0 win.
Hester finished as the Lady Vols' leader in kills and digs with 15 and 12, respectively. It was her first double-double of the 2002 season. Scott recorded her second straight double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Michelle Piantadosi picked up career-bests of 14 kills and eight digs. The Boca Raton, Fla., native also tied her career-high for attacks with 24. On the back row, freshman libero Morgan Miltner posted her second consecutive match of 10 digs. Freshman setter Julie Knytych bested yesterday's 45 assists performance with 48 on the afternoon as well.
The Lady Vols will conclude their participation in the Fordham Rose Hill Classic with a 7:30 p.m. match-up with host Fordham this evening. After a day off on Sunday, UT heads to South Orange, N.J., on Sept. 2 to face the Pirates of Seton Hall at 3:30 p.m.