Sept. 21, 2013
"Whenever a milestone happens, the things I think about are the young ladies that play here and the incredible sacrifices they made for this program," Patrick said. "We would not have been able to be this successful without the great ladies that have carried Tennessee on their jerseys. My hats off to them."
Tennessee improved to 8-6 with the win while Coastal Carolina fell to 7-6. UT had a .255 attack percentage to the Chanticleers' .154 and 61 kills to CCU's 43.
Tennessee dominated the first set, hitting .410 with 18 kills. Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set after two kills and a block by Eszter Nagy. UT evened the set at four following kills by Jamie Lea and Raina Hembry and a block by Whitney Heeres and Shealyn Kolosky. Tennessee broke out of a 10-10 tie with 9-0 surge that included to take command of the set at 19-10. Heeres had four kills and Hembry had three kills in that run as the Chanticleers had no answer for the Tennessee attacks. Three serves later, a kill by Ashley Mariani pushed the Tennessee lead to 10 at 21-11. The Lady Vols finished strong with kills by Lea and Hembry to end the set.
Tennessee broke loose in the second set with the score tied at seven. Jamie Lee had two kills and a block to spark a 4-0 run to give UT a 11-7 lead. Coastal Carolina stayed within four points until Lea kill, a block by Hembry and Heeres and a kill by Heeres pushed the Tennessee lead to 17-11. The Chanticleers came storming back with a 9-2 run that pushed them ahead, 20-19. Eszter Nagy had two kills and two blocks in that stretch. After a Tennessee timeout, a Coastal Carolina service error evened the set at 20 and Lea had back-to-back kills to put the Lady Vols in front, 22-20. With the set knocked at 23-23, Abby Brewer had a kill to push UT back in front and Hembry and Mariani combined for a block for set point.
Ahead 16-15 in the third set, Coastal Carolina used a 6-0 run to seize control and avoid the sweep. Gabriella Horvath had three kills and Lauren Alejo served five straight points in that stretch. Tennessee pulled to within 24-19, but a UT service error gave the third set to the Chanticleers.
UT took command of the fourth set midway through. Down 11-9, Tennessee went on a 5-0 run with three kills by Lea and four straight points served by Mullins. Coastal Carolina pulled back within two points at 14-12, but a 4-1 UT run pushed Tennessee's lead to 18-13. The Chanticleers would come no closer than four points the rest of the way. A service error by Kindra Bailey set up match point for Tennessee and an attack error by Gabriella Hovarth gave UT the 25-16 win.
Tennessee opens SEC play at home on Sept. 29 against South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.