Oct. 24, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 21 Tennessee (16-5, 8-4 SEC) made only nine hitting errors in a three-set sweep of South Carolina (5-16, 2-9 SEC) on Sunday afternoon, taking the sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-14, at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
Gamecock freshman outside hitter Juliette ThÃƒÂ©venin led all players with her 14 kills, while she also topped South Carolina with eight digs. Kayla Jeter and Leah Hinkey accounted for 10.5 points each to lead Tennessee, as Jeter had nine kills while Hinkey had eight blocks. Both hit over .500, while Leslie Cikra (6-0-11) joined them in that distinction. Kelsey Robinson had 14 digs and two aces.
Tennessee hit .478 in the first set en route to the 25-16 win. Both Hinkey and Jeter had three kills on three swings, while Cikra added three kills as well. ThÃƒÂ©venin did most of the work for South Carolina, landing six kills in seven tries.
The Lady Vol defense helped UT take the second set, 25-15, with five blocks coming from Tennessee. Jeter had five kills, while DeeDee Harrison added four without an error. Hinkey had three block assists in the frame. ThÃƒÂ©venin once again carried most of the burden, tallying five kills in the set.
While Tennessee’s offense slipped to a .296 hitting percentage in the third set, its defense held South Carolina to a .000 mark in a 25-14 victory. Cikra and Nikki Fowler both posted three kills without an error. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Olivia Ryder posted three kills on a .600 hitting percentage in the third set for South Carolina.
Tennessee dominated the stat sheet, winning every category, including the .387-.045 advantage in hitting percentage and the 12-2 edge in blocking. With ThÃƒÂ©venin leading the Gamecocks in digs, it marks the first time in 2010 that senior libero Hannah Lawing did not earn that honor. She finished with six digs, as most of the attacks went away from her.
The Gamecocks hit the third leg of the tough six-match stretch against the top half of the Southeastern Conference with a 7 p.m. EDT start at No. 1 Florida on Wednesday evening, as ESPNU broadcasts the contest to its nationwide audience.