Nov. 15, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Lady Vols dropped their Friday afternoon match at Texas A&M, 3-0, in Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Tennessee is now 9-18 on the season and 1-12 in SEC play, while the Aggies improve to 15-10 overall with an even 7-7 mark in league action.
Senior Whitney Heeres led Tennessee with seven kills, hitting at a .375 clip, while junior Shealyn Kolosky and freshmen Jamie Lea and Ashley Mariani added five apiece. Sophomore setter Lexi Dempsey dished out 18 assists, while senior libero Ellen Mullins scooped up 15 digs. Dempsey, Mariani and junior Nikki Brice all served up an ace.
With Mullins' 15 digs on the night, she now trails Chloe Goldman by 37 digs on UT's all-time career digs chart with five regular-season games remaining. The Nashville native also moved into eighth on the SEC's all-time career digs chart with 1,718 career scoops.
The teams battled from the beginning as there were six tied occasions and four lead changes throughout the first set. A kill from Kolosky put UT on top early in the first set, 3-2, but the Aggies responded by going on a four-point run, going up 6-3, before committing a hitting error. A kill from Heeres followed by a solo block from junior Carly Wishlow tied it up 6-all. The squads exchanged points before the Lady Vols went on a three-point run thanks to a kill from Lea, followed by a Dempsey ace and Mariani kill to go up 12-11. The Aggies responded with a four-point run of their own to go up 15-12 as UT took a timeout. Out of the break, Texas A&M served an ace, but Lea fired back with a kill to end the Aggies' five-point run and pull Tennessee within three. But Texas A&M went on to claim the first set, 25-17, and took a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Lady Vols were led by upperclassmen in the second set as Heeres and Kolosky put down three kills apiece. Heeres also added two solo blocks, but the Aggies took the second set, 25-14, and a 2-0 edge in the match.
Texas A&M went on to sweep UT, 3-0, with a third-set victory over 25-10.
Tennessee returns to Rocky Top on Sunday to face LSU in a 1 p.m. ET match. All kids ages 12 and under receive free admission and fans with a ticket to the Lady Vol basketball versus Georgia Tech game will get in for free by showing their ticket stub.