Freshman Julie Knytych had her fourth double double this year.
Sept. 7, 2002
The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball squad rebounded from its 3-1 loss to Western Carolina yesterday with a 3-0 (30-26, 30-24, 30-24) shutout of Villanova Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, at the Catamount Clash III in Cullowhee, N.C. UT is now 5-1 on the year, while the Wildcats' mark stands at 1-5.
The Lady Vols held several precarious leads in the first frame, but senior outside hitter Janelle Hester's six kills helped propel UT to a 30-26 win in game one. Freshman setter Julie Knytych contributed to almost every facet of Tennessee's game with four kills, 13 assists and six digs in the first game.
The Orange and White continued their relentless attack and defensive efforts in the second and third frames, winning both games by a 30-24 count. The UT defense came up with 21 more digs on the afternoon than Villanova and recorded 55 kills to the Wildcats' 46. In the end, Tennessee finished with an impressive .354 hitting percentage to Villanova's .231.
Hester finished the match with 18 kills on 30 attacks and recorded only three hitting errors for a .500 attack percentage. Fellow senior outside hitter Kelli Scott also hit at a .500 clip with nine kills, zero errors and 18 attacks. Sophomore middle blocker Michelle Piantadosi also chipped in 12 kills and recorded seven digs, one shy of tying a career-best. Knytych finished with her fourth double-double of the 2002 campaign coming on 40 assists and a game-high 13 digs.
Next up on the Lady Vols' slate is Georgia State at 3 p.m. today for their final match of the tournament.