Oct. 6, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the 73rd meeting between the two Southeastern Conference rivals, the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats prevailed over Tennessee in straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) in front of 1,885 fans at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon in Lexington, Ky.
Tennessee drops to 8-9 overall and 0-3 in league action this season, while the Wildcats improve to 12-3 overall and continues to stay unbeaten in SEC play at 4-0.
Sophomore Lexi Dempsey recorded her 11th double-double, an SEC-leading mark, as she handed out 25 assists and scooped up a team-best 10 digs. Senior Whitney Heeres had eight kills, while junior Carly Wishlow added seven. Freshman Raina Hembry had six, while freshman Ashley Mariani put down five. Senior libero Ellen Mullins, who leads the nation in digs per set, had just seven scoops in the matchup.
The Wildcats held UT to a .000 hitting percentage in the opening game, as they went on to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-14 win. A kill from Mariani halted a four-point run by the Wildcats to make it 13-9, but the Wildcats rattled off the next five points to go up 18-9. Mariani put down another kill and Dempsey followed up with an ace to give UT two more points. UK closed out the set on a 7-3 run. The Wildcats hit at a .348 clip during the first set.
Heeres led the team with four kills, hitting at a .444 mark during the second set. UT hit .263, but the Wildcats outdug the Lady Vols 21-12 en route to a 25-16 second-set victory.
The Lady Vols battled back in the third set, leading 14-12 over UK. The teams would be tied on three more occasions before the Wildcats pulled away with a 25-19 win to complete the sweep. It marks just the second time Kentucky has won the rivalry in three sets in 18 years.
The Lady Vols return home as they take on Missouri on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., and follow with a 1:30 p.m. contest against Arkansas on Sunday, Oct. 13. Both matches will be televised on Fox SportsSouth.