Knytych had a double-double with 49 assists and 10 digs.
Oct. 11, 2002
The University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team notched its second straight SEC win Friday night, disposing of the Kentucky Wildcats, 3-1 (30-23, 30-14, 21-30, 30-26), in Lexington. UT moved to 2-3 in conference play with the win and 12-5 overall, while the Cats fell to 1-5 in the SEC and 7-9 for the year.
After building a 6-0 lead in the first game behind the serving of freshman outside hitter Jasmine Fullove, the Wildcats made a run of their own and eventually tied the frame, 8-8. The Lady Vols clung to several small leads over the next 10 points before Fullove sparked another Big Orange tear. Serving with a 15-12 advantage, UT claimed the next six points for a nine-point lead and never looked back. Sophomore and freshman middle blockers Michelle Piantadosi and Kristen Andre led the Orange and White's attack with seven and six kills apiece in UT's 30-23 win.
Tennessee took command of the second game when junior defensive specialist Alex Compeau took the serve with a 5-3 UT lead. Compeau spurred the Lady Vols to a 4-0 run and the deficit would only get worse for the Wildcats from there. The UT advantage reached double digits when Compeau recorded her second service ace of the second frame to set the score at 19-9. After doubling up UK, 24-12, Piantadosi, who had not recorded a kill in the second frame at that point, exploded with four scorching kills over the next five points for a 28-13 Tennessee lead. The Lady Vols disposed of Kentucky in game two, 30-14. For the frame, UT hit at an astounding .593 clip, recording 17 kills and only one error on 27 attempts.
The Lady Vols lost their momentum in game three, falling behind 5-2 early on before three consecutive block assists by UT tied the frame. Tennessee took the lead on next point after freshman setter Julie Knytych served up an ace, but the Big Orange's success was short-lived. After the Cats took a 14-13 advantage, the Lady Vols never managed to catch up. Only trailing 23-20, the Wildcats went on to take seven of the next eight points for a 30-21 victory in the third game. In a complete reversal from the second game, Tennessee hit a dismal -.125 for the frame with only six kills and 10 errors on 32 attacks.
The early portion of the fourth game saw neither team capable of grabbing the upper hand. After the game was deadlocked at 8-8, the Big Orange regained the form it had in the first two games by taking a seven-point advantage, 19-12, after Andre tallied two kills in a row. The Cats, however, mounted a comeback, cutting the UT lead to 23-20 after Piantadosi hit a ball just beyond the right sideline. The Lady Vols, though, were unimpressed with Kentucky's efforts and used their consistent play to put the Wildcats away, 30-26, for their second conference win of the year.
Andre finished with a career-high 16 kills on the night, while Piantadosi chipped in with 15. Three Lady Vols posted double figures in digs, with sophomore right side hitter Whitney Gifford leading the trio with 15, one shy of tying a career-best. Knytych ended the match with her seventh double-double of the season with 49 assists and 10 digs.
Tennessee will head to Columbia, S.C., for its next SEC contest on Sunday, Oct. 13, when the Lady Vols take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at 1:30 p.m. UT hosts intrastate rival Middle Tennessee State after its clash with USC on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Stokely Athletics Center.