Oct. 4, 2013
"When we played for the first half of the sets, I thought we did a really good job," head coach Rob Patrick said. "Every set, the score was tied around 15-all or 16-all. We're playing consistently during that time but when we got later in the set, we just made a couple of unforced errors that separated Georgia at the end and they were able to take the sets. I like the way we battled. I like the way we came out and played those first 17 points. We just have to get better at closing."
Sophomore Lexi Dempsey recorded her 10th double-double of the year with 30 assists and 19 digs. Her 19 scoops is a personal best. Freshman Raina Hembry led the Lady Vols on offense putting down nine kills on 17 attacks with just two errors. She hit at a career-best .412 clip on the night. Junior Shealyn Kolosky added eight kills, while junior Carly Wishlow and freshman Ashley Mariani added six apiece.
After Georgia earned the first two points of the set, junior Shealyn Kolosky put the Lady Vols on board with a kill. Junior Carly Wishlow followed suite with a kill and Kolosky added another to tie it up 3-3. An ace from Mullins and a powerful block from the duo of Hembry and Wishlow put Tennessee up 6-4. The Orange & White continued to own the lead as Hembry came up with a solo block then followed up with a kill of her own as UT led 9-5 causing the Bulldogs to take their first timeout. A couple UT errors allowed UGA to pull within one before a kill from Georgia's Lauren Teknipp tied it up 15-15. Georgia then took its second lead of the set at 17-16 as the Lady Vols called a timeout. UGA never relinquished the lead and took the first set, 25-21.
The second set kicked off with an ace from the Bulldogs as Heeres responded with a kill. The squads battled back and forth before back-to-back blocks by Georgia gave the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead. Hembry responded with her fifth kill and a hitting error by UGA tied it up 5-5. Georgia took the next three points, going up 8-5 and continued to maintain the lead as Tennessee took the first timeout of the second set at 12-7. Heeres halted a Georgia three-point run with her fourth kill of the game as UT trailed by six, 14-8. A block from freshmen front row duo of Mariani and Hembry followed by a UGA hitting error pulled UT within four, 12-16. From there, the teams exchanged points back and forth before the Bulldogs ended the set on a six-point run at 25-16.
After long rallies and 17 tie scores, Georgia took the third and final set, 25-23.
"One of the things we did really well in this match was spread the ball to all of our hitters evenly," Patrick said. "That's something we'll need to do against Kentucky. They're a ranked opponent. They're well-coached. It's going to be a challenge, but that's why they come to Tennessee, to play big matches against good teams."
The Lady Vols continue league road action on Sunday when they take on Kentucky in Lexington for a 1:30 p.m. match.