Oct. 24, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 17th-ranked University of Tennessee volleyball team (19-2, 9-1 SEC) rebounded from an emotional loss to No. 8 Florida on Friday night to sweep Georgia (13-6, 6-4 SEC), 30-19, 30-24, 30-24, on Sunday afternoon. Junior middle blocker Kristen Andre (Kelseyville, Calif. / Kelseyville H.S.) hit an outstanding .647 (11-0-17), her best mark of the season to date, to lead the Lady Vols to the win. Junior outside hitter Amy Morris (Michigan City, Ind. / Penn State) recorded her ninth double-double of the season, tallying 12 kills, one off the team high, to go with a UT-leading 11 digs. Morris hit .450 (12-3-20) for the game.
"We did a good job of putting to rest our Friday match and getting refocused on Georgia and the game plan we had against them," Head Coach Rob Patrick said. "I knew that we weren't going to have the emotional energy we had Friday, but we did a good job providing ourselves with energy to play at a high level. We got back to playing Tennessee volleyball, meaning we played a low-error match and did a good job of passing and digging.
"I was really proud of our right-side blockers, Julie (Knytych) and Yuliya (Stoyanova), who did a tremendous job of setting a good block for our middle hitters to close to helped us defend Georgia's outside hitters successfully."
Also contributing to the Lady Vol offensive output were senior outside hitter
Michelle Piantadosi (Boca Raton, Fla. / Olympic Heights H.S.), with her
team-leading 13 kills, and freshman outside hitter Yuliya Stoyanova (Sofia,
Bulgaria / 81 SOU Victor Hugo H.S.), who recorded 11 kills and three blocks.
Defensive leaders included sophomore libero Cynthia Buggs' (Compton, Calif. / Long Beach Poly H.S.) 10 digs, sophomore middle blocker Sarah Blum's (Tulsa, Okla. / Bishop Kelley H.S.) five blocks and Stoyanova's three put-backs. Junior setter Julie Knytych (LaGrange Park, Ill. / Lyons Township H.S.) continued her outstanding season, recording 49 assists to go with five kills, six digs and four blocks.
The Lady Vols took control early in game one, securing a 10-4 lead. The Bulldogs would not get closer than four tallies the rest of the game, falling to the Big Orange, 30-19. Andre hit .800 (4-0-5) in the game.
Game two was a closer tilt as the teams were tied, 16-16, after 32 rallies, but UT then put space between the squads with a 5-1 run for a 21-17 lead. The closest Georgia got from that point forward was three as UT won, 30-24. Piantadosi hit .500 (5-1-8) in the middle game.
The teams also battled tight in the beginning of game three as a Morris kill tied the score, 7-7. The Bulldogs stayed relatively close toward the end of the game, trailing by only 23-21 and 27-24 scores before the Big Orange recorded the final three points for the game win, 30-24, completing the sweep. The match-clincher came off a Stoyanova kill, with Knytych recording the assist, her 1,000th of the season.
The Lady Vols play another home match in three days as South Carolina (11-8, 4-6 SEC) pays a visit to Stokely Athletics Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.