Freshman Morgan Miltner established a career-high with 14 digs.
Sept. 7, 2002
With less than three hours of rest between their two matches, the University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team showed no signs of tiring Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, in their 3-0 (30-23, 30-16, 30-25) shutout of Georgia State at the Catamount Clash III in Cullowhee, N.C. UT finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, as did Western Carolina, but the Catamounts took home the title since they defeated the Lady Vols in head-to-head competition. The Orange and White's record improved to 6-1 on the year with the win, while the Panthers fell to 4-4 with the loss.
The closest the Panthers came to catching the Big Orange in game one was at 1-1. From there, Tennessee never surrendered the lead, and saw their greatest advantage at 28-20. UT went on to win the first frame by a 30-23 count.
The Lady Vols dominated Georgia State in the second game, as evidenced by the lopsided 30-16 score. Collectively, UT posted 20 kills on 37 attacks and recorded a mere 3 errors in the game en route to a .459 hitting percentage.
Tennessee's offense was just as potent in the final frame, as they claimed 24 points by kills. UT finished the match with a season-high 61 kills, 27 more than Georgia State managed on the afternoon.
Four Lady Vols finished with ten or more kills, including senior outside hitters Janelle Hester (19) and Kelli Scott (12), sophomore middle blocker Michelle Piantadosi (11) and freshman middle blocker Kristen Andre (10). Freshman setter Julie Knytych fell two kills shy of her fifth double-double on the year and also racked up 46 helpers, two away from her career-best. Freshman libero Morgan Miltner established a new career-high with 14 digs to pace the Lady Vols' defensive efforts.
"Overall, this was a very positive tournament for us," said UT Head Coach Rob Patrick. "I'm proud of the way we responded to our loss (to Western Carolina) yesterday. We had people playing out of position at times and we didn't use our usual rotation of subs, but the girls adjusted and it showed by the way they played."
Piantadosi and Scott were both named to the Catamount Clash III All-Tournament team. Scott finished the tournament leading the Lady Vols in hitting percentage at .361 on 32 kills, six errors and 72 attacks, while Piantadosi recorded 37 kills and 10 errors on 84 attacks for a .321 hitting clip.
UT will now get set to host the Toyota Lady Vol Classic next weekend, Sept. 13-14. East Carolina takes on Rice at 5 p.m. to kick things off, followed by Tennessee and Virginia at 7 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 13, in Stokely Athletics Center. The Big Orange continues the tourney on Sat., Sept. 14, with East Carolina at 10 a.m. In game two, Rice squares off with Virginia at noon, and UVA faces ECU in the third game at 5 p.m. The Lady Vols will then wrap up Saturday's action with a 7 p.m. match up against Rice.