LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Tennessee Volunteers finished their stretch of four road matches Sunday with a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-18, 25-16) to No. 25 Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky (13-4, 6-0) controlled the net the entire match, finishing with 12.5 team blocks compared to one for Tennessee. The Vols hit .139 for the match, their lowest hitting percentage of the season, while Kentucky averaged .333, the highest the Vols have allowed.
Kentucky broke away midway through the first set by winning eight of 10 points at a stretch, capping the run with kills by Leah Edmond and Kaz Brown to go up 16-8. The Vols cut the lead to five points on a Grubbs putaway, but the Wildcats, hitting .316, won the set 25-16.
The Vols led the second set early 6-5, but Kentucky went on another run of winning eight of 10 points to take a 13-8 lead on a kill by Edmond. The Wildcats led the rest of the way, taking the set 25-18.
Coming out of the break, Kentucky broke a 3-3 third set tie by winning six of eight points to go ahead 8-5. The Wildcats led the rest of the way.
- Tennessee starters: Sedona Hansen, Bri Holmes, Raina Hembry, Erica Treiber, Tessa Grubbs, Kanisha Jimenez and Brooke Schumacher at libero. This is the 11th starting lineup the Vols have used in 18 matches.
- The Vols concluded their stretch of four road matches. Counting the trip back from Lexington, the Vols traveled more than 2,600 miles for matches at South Carolina, Florida, Troy and Kentucky. That's approximately the distance it takes to drive across the United States from Miami to San Diego.
- Freshman setter Sedona Hansen was two digs away from a double-double, finishing with 32 assists and eight digs.
- The Vols are back home for a pair of matches: Friday against Ole Miss at 7 p.m. and Sunday versus Arkansas at 1:30 p.m.
- Both matches will be streamed via SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.