Sept. 14, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After falling in the first two sets, the Tennessee volleyball team battled back and almost forced a fifth set on Saturday, but ETSU came away with a 3-1 (31-29, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25) victory in the final day of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.
Jamie Lea led the team with 24 kills, a career-best for the freshman, while freshman Ashley Mariani added 10 as Tennessee fell to 7-3 on the season. Sophomore Lexi Dempsey dished 51 assists with 16 digs for her fifth double-double this season.
The first set was a thriller with ETSU taking a 31-29 win on a kill by Ivey Rice. Lea put down 10 kills on 14 swings with no errors, hitting at a staggering .714 during the first game. Senior Whitney Heeres added four kills, while Dempsey handed out 18 helpers.
In the second set, the Bucs used a 7-0 run early on to build a 17-7 advantage en route to a 25-21 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Tennessee stormed back in the third set, leading for the majority of the set for a 25-21 win. Junior Shealyn Kolosky recorded four kills, hitting 1.000, to lead the Lady Vols offensively. Mariani and Lea added four of their own, while junior Carly Wishlow put down three kills on three swings with no errors. Dempsey, Mariani and sophomore Megan Hatcher all served up an ace apiece.
After ETSU jumped to a 7-0 lead in the fourth, Tennessee battled back to tie it at 22-22. The Bucs would go on to take the set, 27-25, and match, 3-1. Lea registered five more kills during the final set.
In the first match of the day, Wichita State defeated VCU, 3-0. The Shockers take on Austin Peay at 4:30 p.m., while Tennessee caps of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic at 7 p.m. when the team faces VCU.