Head coach Rob Patrick hopes to regroup his team as it continues to play at the Indiana Blimpie/Holiday Inn Classic.
Aug. 31, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team opened the 2001 season on Friday night at the Indiana University Blimpie/Holiday Inn Classic. The Orange and White fell in their first match, 3-2, to Bowling Green State University.
Head coach Rob Patrick and his squad entered the match with some question marks as the team includes six newcomers and eight returnees. The coach used three different line-ups in the five-game event, trying to find the mix of experience and youth that would work the best together.
Patrick's veterans delivered as senior Erica Lear posted 64 assists and 16 digs. Junior middle blocker Janelle Hester had a team-high 22 kills while senior Ariana Wilson came in right behind her with 21. Junior outside hitter Kelli Scott recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Trinia Cuseo added 11 kills to Tennessee's losing effort. In 2001, all the games will be determined by rally scoring, where a team can score a point regardless if they are serving, in the past only the fifth game of a match was scored in this fashion.
Tennessee went up early in the match by taking the first match 30-24, behind solid hitting from Hester and Wilson. Bowling Green, however, battled right back and took game two by the score of 30-26. UT once again grasped the lead after the third stanza with a 31-29 decision.
With momentum on their side, Tennessee surged out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth game. Rally scoring evened the score quickly for the Falcons and allowed them to take control of the game. The lead sew-sawed back and forth as the teams traded serves. With the tilt tied at 17, the Falcons regained the momentum by winning five straight points to put them up 22-17. UT was unable to regroup and the match was leveled again with a 30-21 win for BGSU.
In the fifth game of the match, teams play to 15 with a two-point advantage. In a tight race, both sides had several chances to end the contest before a 19-17 decision was finalized, unfortunately for the Lady Vols the decision was not in their favor.
The last time the Lady Vols dropped their first match of the year was in 1998 when head coach Rob Patrick's squad came up short against North Carolina. Tennessee will look to rebound on Saturday as the team faces Maryland at 10:30 a.m. and Indiana at 8:30 p.m.