Junior Kristen Andre recored her 1,000th career kill.
Nov. 19, 2004
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The 12th-ranked University of Tennessee volleyball team topped Auburn, 30-21, 30-23, 23-30, 30-23, in an SEC Quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Lady Vols improved their record to 27-2 to match the best start in school history; the 1973 squad also started its campaign with a 27-2 mark. The Tigers fell to 11-13 with the loss. The Lady Vols now advance to play Arkansas at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
"It was our first match after a big win last week over Florida and I just thought that we were a little ragged in our focus," Head Coach Rob Patrick said. "I was pleased with our hitting; we didn't make many errors hitting-wise. I was also fairly pleased with our serving, but we are really a ball-control team and we didn't really control the ball when it got past the blocker on serve receive."
Junior middle blocker Kristen Andre (Kelseyville, Calif. / Kelseyville H.S.) recorded her 1,000th career kill in game three. For the match, she hit .560 on 15-1-25 hitting. Also contributing double-digit totals in kills were senior outside hitter Michelle Piantadosi (Boca Raton, Fla. / Olympic Heights H.S.) and junior outside hitter Amy Morris (Michigan City, Ind. / Penn State), who had 13 each. Piantadosi's .400 hitting percentage (13-1-30) was the second-highest of the match.
Junior setter Julie Knytych (LaGrange Park, Ill. / Lyons Township H.S.) contributed 47 assists to the victory.
Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Blum (Tulsa, Okla. / Bishop Kelley H.S.)
tallied 10 blocks to tie for the second-highest total by a Lady Vol this
season. Blum previously tied the school record with 14 blocks in a 3-1 victory
over then-No. 24 Purdue on Sept. 11. Freshman outside hitter Yuliya Stoyanova
(Sofia, Bulgaria / 81 SOU Victor Hugo H.S.) had six blocks, while Morris
recorded five. As a team, the Lady Vols had 14 blocks, the fourth straight
match and 11th this season that UT has tallied a double-digit total in
In the first game today, UT scored the first three points and never relinquished its lead, building it to as high as 10 points on five occasions before prevailing, 30-21.
The second game was much closer as neither team could muster greater than a two-point advantage until a 5-0 Big Orange run gave UT a 14-10 lead. Tennessee extended its lead to five on six occasions before a late 4-0 run gave the Orange and White a 29-21 lead before UT won, 30-23. Andre hit 1.000 in the game (6-0-6).
Auburn did not want their SEC season to end in the third game and played like it, controlling the action from the outset. After UT took a 1-0 lead, they would not secure the lead again as the Tigers took a 6-2 lead. The Big Orange did tie the game twice, at 13 and 14, but a 6-2 Tiger run gave Auburn a little breathing room before putting away the Lady Vols, 30-23.
Even though Auburn scored the first point of the fourth game, the Orange and White immediately took control with a 5-0 run and 5-1 advantage before extending the lead to 13-5. The Tigers battled back to 18-15, but a 9-3 Lady Vol run gave UT a 27-17 advantage before UT put Auburn away, 30-23. The match was Auburn's first in the SEC Tournament since a 3-1 loss to Tennessee in the 1999 tourney.
The Lady Vols next play at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Arkansas. Tennessee last won an SEC Semifinal in 1988, when UT topped Florida, 3-0. The Lady Vols last won an SEC Tournament championship in 1984, while also prevailing in 1982 and 1981.
|SEC Tournament Quarterfinals - Friday|
|No. 2 Tennessee||vs||No. 7 Auburn||UT, 3-1|
|No. 3 Arkansas||vs||No. 6 LSU||AR, 3-2|
|No. 4 Alabama||vs||No. 5 Georgia||UGA, 3-2|
|No. 1 Florida||vs||No. 8 South Carolina||UF, 3-0.|
|SEC Tournament Semifinals - Saturday|
|SEC Tournament Final - Sunday|
|Follow along with Live Internet Stats|