Oct. 2, 2001
The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team powered its way to a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night taking a non-conference match from Appalachian state by the scores of 30-17, 30-26 and 30-21.
Senior outside hitter Ariana Wilson led the way for the Lady Vols with 17 kills, while junior outside hitter Janelle Hester added nine kills on 18 attempts with one error to hit a match-high .444. Senior setter Erica Lear posted 28 assists and a team-high seven digs.
"This was a good win for us," said head coach Rob Patrick. "More importantly, we were able to get another match in before meeting South Carolina on Sunday and I think we needed that."
In the first game, the Mountaineers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead as they came out of the locker room. Tennessee fought back and took a 7-6 lead and eventually built itself a 20-11 lead. Appalachian came as close as 25-17, but could not get any closer as the Lady Vols took the opener 30-17.
Patrick then gave some of his reserves a chance to gain some match experience by inserting junior outside hitter Caley Carter and freshmen Nikki Huffman and Michelle Piantadosi into the lineup. ASU came out of the gates strong in the second game as they built a 14-9 advantage. Tennessee rallied to tie the game at 18. The Lady Vols then managed a 24-21 lead only to see Appalachian battle back to tie the game at 24. Tennessee then put together a 5-1 run to provide the 30-25 final.
The third game was much like the previous two as the teams battled to a 13-13 tie. Applachian could not manage to take the lead as Tennessee rebounded to stretch its lead to six at 22-16. The Mountaineers put up a valiant comeback which cut the lead to three at 23-20 but could get no closer as Tennessee scored seven of the next eight to end the match at 30-21.
The Lady Vols are now 6-6 overall, while the Mountaineers fall to 1-13. Tennessee will be back in action on Sunday when No. 18 South Carolina visits the Stokely Athletic Center. That Southeastern Conference match is set to begin at 2 p.m.