Nov. 22, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -- Senior Ellen Mullins recorded 17 digs against Auburn Friday night as the Lady Vols fell in three sets (25-14, 25-7, 25-16) at Auburn Arena. Tennessee falls to 9-20 overall and 1-15 in SEC action while the Tigers improve to 18-10 on the year and 9-7 in league play.
With Mullins 17 digs on the night, she now has 612 scoops on the year, just 17 shy of breaking yet another Tennessee volleyball record in single-season digs which is held by Chloe Goldman (628). The Nashville native moved up sixth on the SEC's all-time single-season digs chart.
Freshman trio of Jamie Lea, Raina Hembry and Ashley Mariani led the team with five kills apiece while junior Shealyn Kolosky added four. Sophomore Lexi Dempsey dished out 16 assists while freshman Kayleigh Moody made her first appearance for the Lady Vols this season as she recorded one dig.
In the first set, junior Nikki Brice got things started as she served up an ace. The Tigers responded by going on a seven-point run before a block from Hembry and Lea halted the momentum momentarily. Auburn continued to pull away as the Lady Vols went on a three-point run late in the set to trail 20-12, but the Tigers would take the first game, 25-14, and a 1-0 lead in the match.
After AU took a second set, 25-7, the Lady Vols battled in the third. UT went on a three-point run to come within four of Auburn, 13-9, but the Tigers responded with a 6-0 stint to go up 19-9. AU would go on to take the third stanza, 25-16, and the match.
Tennessee travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama in a 2 p.m. ET matchup on Sunday before returning to Rocky Top Saturday for Senior Day.