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Tennessee Falls To Georgia, 3-1

Nov. 3, 2013

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --Jamie Lea had 10 kills and Ellen Mullins had a match-high 31 digs, but Tennessee fell to Georgia, 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-15, 25-19), on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee fell to 9-16 and 1-10 in SEC play with the loss. Georgia improved to 17-7 and 7-5 in conference matches.

Tennessee and Georgia stayed close for much of the first set before the Bulldogs pulled away late. Whitney Heeres had three kills in the set, including one that evened the score at 13-13. Ahead 21-20, Georgia took control when Heeres committed back-to-back attack errors. A kill by Tirah Le'au pushed it to set point and the Bulldogs won the set, 25-20, on a ball-handling error by Lexi Demsey.

The second set belonged to Tennessee. Trailing 5-3, an attack error by UGA's Lauren Teknipp sparked a 7-0 Tennessee run. Abby Brewer had two service aces to push UT ahead, 7-5, and kills by Raina Hembry and Whitney Heeres put Tennessee in the driver's seat, 10-5. Up 13-10, an Ashley Mariani kill sparked a 5-0 Tennessee run, extending the UT lead to a commanding 18-10. A block by Mariani and Shealyn Kolosky and a solo swat by Whitney Heeres ignited the crowd and Kolosky rounded out the 5-0 run with a kill. The Lady Vols finished the second set with a 5-1 run, featuring a pair of kills by Jamie Lea and the set point by Hembry.

Ahead 9-7 in the third set, Georgia used three kills and a block to seize momentum and push its lead to 13-7. Tennessee pulled back to within four points on a service error by Allison Summers, but the Bulldogs would hold UT five-points back the rest of the way, closing the set with a 6-1 run. Brittany Northcutt had two kills and UT committed two errors over those final six UGA points.

Georgia stormed out of the gate in the fourth set with five straight points. UT rallied back to within 8-6 following a kill by Hembry and a ball-handling error by Maggie Baumert. Tennessee pulled to within two points once again when a kill by Kolosky and an attack error by Le'au reduced Georgia's lead to 13-11. The Bulldogs rattled off three straight points to push their advantage to five points to re-assert their control on the set. An Elena Perri kill set up match point at 24-17. A Georgia error and a solo block by Lea brought UT to within 24-19, but Northcutt ended the match with a kill for match point.

Tennessee will next host Ole Miss on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.

 

 

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