Oct. 20, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sophomore Lexi Dempsey recorded an SEC-leading 13th double-double as the Tennessee volleyball team fell in three sets to Mississippi State Sunday afternoon at Newell-Grissom Building in Starkville, Miss. UT is now 8-13 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
Senior Whitney Heeres led the team for the second straight game with nine kills on the afternoon. Juniors Shealyn Kolosky and Carly Wishlow each added seven kills apiece, while freshman Raina Hembry notched six, hitting at a team-best .333 mark.
Tennessee and Mississippi State battled from the start as the score was tied on six different occasions before the Bulldogs pulled away for a 12-8 lead and the Lady Vols took a timeout. MSU was called for ball handling, giving UT a point out of the timeout. Junior duo of Kolosky and Wishlow combined for a block and Wishlow followed up with a kill to pull within one. The pair combined for another block with senior Whitney Heeres laying down a kill to tie it up 13-13. Gaining momentum, Heeres and freshman Hembry denied another Bulldog attack, and earned another point from a MSU hitting error. Wishlow fired down another kill and Tennessee went up 16-13. The Big Orange held the lead until the Bulldogs climbed back, tying it at 21-all. Wishlow laid down her fourth kill of the set, but the Bulldogs would claim the first set, 26-24, and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
UT fell to the Bulldogs, 25-17, in the second set, and Mississippi State went on to win the third set, 25-16.
Tennessee continues road league play next weekend as the Lady Vols travel to South Carolina for a 7 p.m. ET matchup in Columbia and caps off the weekend with a 1:30 p.m. ET contest in Gainesville against Florida.