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Scott and Wilson combine here for a block.

Oct. 28, 2001


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The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team picked up its third consecutive win on Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center in Oxford, Miss., taking a 3-0 victory from the University of Mississippi and completing its sweep of the Magnolia State.

Four Lady Vols recorded double digit kill performances as the team used a balanced attack to take the match by the scores of 30-22, 30-27 and 30-25. Junior Janelle Hester led the team with 14 kills and senior Ariana Wilson tossed in 13 of her own. Junior Kelli Scott had an impressive all-around performance with 10 kills, 10 digs, seven service aces and three blocks. Scott's ace count gives her a new career high in that category. Sophomore Trinia Cuseo added 10 kills on 16 attempts with three errors to hit a team-high .500.

"This has been a great week for us," head coach Rob Patrick said. "The team is really starting to click and play at a very high level more consistently. Erica Lear has did a great job running the offense for us this weekend. In this match and the Mississippi State match we fell behind in the second game but managed to hold together and come back. We are learning how to fight through some adversities that we did not do in the beginning the season."

A 5-0 run put the Lady Vols up 10-8 early in the opening game, but UM tied the match at 10. Another run, this time a four-point stint, gave Tennessee the lead for good at 18-14. The Lady Vols out-hit Ole Miss .368 to .154. Scott and Cuseo led the way for UT in game one each recording six kills apiece. Scott also added a pair of service aces.

In the second stanza, Ole Miss opened the tilt with a five-point run. The Rebel lead increased to 5-11 before UT made a run back. A pair of kills from Wilson and Hester and two Scott service aces brought UT within one-point at 11-12. A Mississippi attack error knotted the game and two more kills by Hester pushed UT a head 14-12. Ole Miss came back to knot the game at 16, 17 and 18 and go ahead at 23-18. Patrick then took a time-out to rally his troops. At that point Scott picked up her play and accounted for UT's six points with three kills and three block assists to make it 24-23. A Lady Vol attack error tied the tilt once again, before a Wilson kill gave Tennessee the serve back. Two straight service aces put the Lady Vols up 27-25. The game knotted again at 27, before the Lady Vols sealed the match with a 30-27 decision.

In the final frame, the game began with the lead and the serve volleying between the teams until the Lady Vols went on a six-point run to go up 8-5. Retaining their lead, Tennessee never trailed again as they finished with a 30-25 victory. After hitting just .024 in the second tilt, UT rebounded to hit .349 in the third as Hester and Wilson each slammed down seven kills to seal the final game.

The Lady Vols improve to 12-8 overall and are now 5-5 in league play. Up next, Tennessee has a week to prepare for their final road game of the season on Nov. 2 in Lexington, Ky. The Orange and White will take on Kentucky at 7 p.m.



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