Oct. 18, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Lady Vols dropped a tough four-set loss to Ole Miss on the road Friday night at the Gillom Sports Complex. UT is now 8-12 on the season and 0-6 in SEC play.
"We came out very strong in the first set and I was pretty happy with our play," head coach Rob Patrick said. "Mississippi helped us out with some errors on their side of the court. During the course of the match, we couldn't play a clean enough game to put enough pressure on Mississippi though. They took advantage of that."
"Whitney did a nice job hitting on the outside and got some nice kills for us, especially in sideout play, Patrick said. "She's getting stronger and her arm is getting stronger so we're excited about her development."
Tennessee opened the first set battling back and forth with the Rebels. Junior Shealyn Kolosky laid down a tip to tie it up 7-all as Dempsey followed with a service ace to make it 8-7. Ole Miss rattled off two points to take the lead, but a block from Kolosky and junior Carly Wishlow tied at 9-9. With junior Nikki Brice serving, UT went on a 4-0 run, capitalizing on two Ole Miss errors and two kills from Wishlow and Heeres to take a 13-9 lead. The Big Orange would continue to pull away and claimed the first set, 25-18. Heeres led the team with five kills while Wishlow added three.
The Lady Vols dropped a hard-fought second set, 25-27, as the Rebels tied up the match with one game apiece. The score was tied on 15 occasions in the set with five different lead changes.
In the third set, Kolosky ended a 6-0 run with a kill 17-8. UT went on a 3-0 run to come within 19-11 before a kill from Ole Miss halted Tennessee. The Rebels went on to take the third set, 25-14, and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Kolosky kicked off the fourth set with a kill, but Ole Miss rattled off the next six points to take a 6-1 lead before the Lady Vols called a timeout. Mariani put down a kill out of the timeout to end the Rebel run. Ole Miss banked on two UT errors to take the next three points before a block by Wishlow made it 9-3. Mullins followed up with a service ace, while Heeres and Wishlow added two more points with a kill apiece as Ole Miss took a timeout at 9-6. An attack error from the Rebels would give Tennessee another point before Ole Miss ended UT's five-point run with a kill, making it 10-7. Tennessee went on a 5-0 run with Brice serving to pull within four, 20-16, as the Rebels called a timeout. Back-to-back blocks out of the timeout gave the Lady Vols two more points before Ole Miss got a kill and stopped the run, 21-18. Tennessee would get one more point, but the Rebels would win the fourth set, 25-19, and take the match.
The Lady Vols face Mississippi State on Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. ET contest in Starkville. UT is 43-7 all-time against the Bulldogs and 17-2 when playing in Starkville.