Erica Lear (left) and Janelle Hester (right) earned All-Tournament honors as the Lady Vols finished second at the Indiana University Blimpie/Holiday Inn Classic.
Sept. 1, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team used a 3-0 victory over Indiana University on Saturday to secure second place in the Indiana University Blimpie/Holiday Inn Classic in Bloomington, Ind. Bowling Green State University took home the first place trophy, finishing the weekend with a 3-0 record. Indiana finished third.
Solidifying his line up, head coach Rob Patrick used senior setter Erica Lear, junior middle blocker Janelle Hester, senior outside hitter Ariana Wilson, sophomore defensive specialist Megan Arner and junior outside hitters Kelli Scott and Caley Carter to fashion the 30-26, 30-22, 30-24, triumph. Freshmen outside hitter Whitney Gifford rotated in for Hester in the back row, while senior outside hitter Andrea Peterson played back for Wilson. Sophomore middle blocker Trinia Cuseo entered in the front row for Arner.
"The players are getting comfortable on the court," Patrick said. "They are getting used to who they are playing next to and Erica is really starting to click with the hitters. Our passing efforts today where vastly improved over the Bowling Green match and that can be attributed to people knowing their positions on the court."
Tennessee improves to 2-1 overall in the young season, while Indiana falls to 1-2. After the tournament, Lear and Hester were named to the All-Tournament team.
Leading the way for UT against IU was Lear, who posted 43 assists as the team hit a season-high .370. Wilson recorded a near double-double with 12 kills and 9 blocks. Hester added 11 kills and hit .360 on the night. Scott added 10 kills, three aces and seven digs while, newcomer Carter made her presence known by slamming down eight kills, two aces and digging the ball eight times. She also hit a team-high .538.
Up next for the Lady Vols, the team heads to the West Coast for the California Golden Bear Classic Sept. 7-8. The in-season tournament also features Rice, Florida Atlantic and California.