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Nov. 22, 2009

Box Score

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Gamecocks (14-15, 5-14 SEC) dropped a three-set decision to Tennessee, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14, on Sunday afternoon in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Cline got 14 digs, putting her one dig shy of the Gamecocks’ career record held by Diane Denton. Megan Laughlin topped South Carolina in kills with nine. Tennessee’s Kayla Jeter hit .567 and made 19 kills and seven blocks, while Nikki Fowler posted a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Chloe Goldman led all players with 17 digs, while Kylie Marshall added 12 digs.

The Lady Vols held a 6-1 advantage after a kill and an ace by Jeter as part of a five-point run. The lead grew to 14-7 after kills by Farren Powe, Fowler and Jeter, which caused the Gamecocks to use their first timeout. Tennessee continued the run to six with three more points after the break. The Lady Vols kept the pressure on, taking two points to each Gamecock point in one stretch and ending it on a four-point run that was bookended by Carol Cheade kills. UT hit .536 in the first, with Fowler making six kills.

A three-point Tennessee run put the home team up, 7-4, and forced a Carolina timeout. A service error out of the break stopped the streak, but UT came back to take the next four points to make it 11-5. After the Lady Vols went up 13-6 on consecutive Jeter swings, the Gamecocks posted a four-point skein that included a Teresa Stenlund kill and block assist with Laughlin. The run went to five on another Stenlund kill, but Fowler swung the momentum back to the Oramge with two kills and a block assist. A Powe solo stuff made South Carolina use its final break. The teams traded sideouts until a Gamecock four-point string caused UT to use its final break at 18-16. The skein included two Carolina blocks, including a solo job by senior Meredith Moorhead. But the Gamecocks kept coming, tying it at 18-18 after a Hannah Lawing back-row kill and another block from Olivia Ryder and Brandi Byers. Tennessee, however, prevailed, ending the frame with a six-point run. Jeter had eight kills in the second set to lead UT.

Two Lady Vol five-point runs posted Tennessee to a 13-5 lead. After the Big Orange made it 20-7, the Gamecocks tried to make a stand, taking seven of the next 10 points, including a kill and an ace by Laughlin. Tennessee, however, closed it out at 25-14on Leslie Cikra’s kill. Cline had nine of her digs in the third frame.

Tennessee won every team stat category, including a 49-26 advantage in kills.

South Carolina closes the 2009 season at No. 13 Florida on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.