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UT VOLLEYBALL DROPS FIRST MATCH OF THE YEAR
Piantadosi chipped in with 14 kills and four blocks.

Piantadosi chipped in with 14 kills and four blocks.

Sept. 6, 2002

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Sept. 6, 2002

CULLOWHEE, N.C.

The University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team suffered its first loss of the 2002 campaign Friday night, falling to Western Carolina by a score of 3-1 (30-23, 25-30, 27-30, 24-30) in Cullowhee, N.C., at the Catamount Clash III. UT's record fell to 4-1 with the loss, while the Catamounts upped their season mark to 3-2 with the win.

The Big Orange came out playing like it had in its first four matches, taking the first game by a score of 30-23. The second frame was a different story, as Western Carolina built a sizeable lead that the Lady Vols were unable to overcome. In the third game, UT seemed to be in control of the match with a 26-24 advantage, but Western Carolina went on to claim six of the next seven points, winning five in a row at 27-25 for a 30-27 win. The Orange and White never climbed to within more than three points in the final frame, losing the match at 30-24 in game four.

Senior outside hitter Janelle Hester led the Lady Vol offensive attack with 17 kills on 48 attacks. Sophomore middle blocker Michelle Piantadosi also turned in impressive numbers with 14 kills and four blocks. Freshman middle blocker Kristen Andre tossed in 10 kills, 10 digs and 5 blocks for her first career double-double. Freshman setter Julie Knytych notched her third double-double of the season with 39 assists and a team-season-high 21 digs.

The Lady Vols will wrap up their stay in Cullowhee tomorrow with two matches. Their first comes against Villanova at 11 a.m., followed by Georgia State at 3 p.m.


 

 

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