MINNEAPOLIS - Tennessee dropped the final match of the 2017 Diet Coke Classic in straight sets, falling 25-22, 25-15 and 25-20 to host No. 2 University of Minnesota at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday.
The Volunteers (4-2) were led by Breana Jeter and Kendra Turner, who combined for 20 kills and 51 total attacks. They both had a hitting percentage of over .250 for the match. Jeter had 10 kills on 25 attacks (.280) and Turner also had 10 kills on 26 attacks (.269).
Erica Treiber hit a team-best .533, going error-free in 15 swings and notching eight kills.
Tennessee came out and played with a lot of energy in the opening set. It was s back-and-forth affair, but the Golden Gophers ultimately took the set 25-22.
The Vols had a hitting percentage of .310 in the first set, thanks to 15 kills on 42 attacks and just two errors. Treiber led the way with four of the 14 kills in the opening set.
"I was very happy with how we responded to a very disappointing loss earlier in the day," head coach Rob Patrick said. "I thought we did a really nice job of really picking up our offensive game against the No. 2 team in the country."
Minnesota took the second set 25-15 and the Vols couldn't get the scoring going due to the Golden Gophers' offensive output of 16 kills and a .353 hitting percentage in the set. In fact, Minnesota hit .396 for the match, racking up 58 kills and just 14 errors.
The Vols had seven errors in the second set.
Minnesota was led by Regan Pittman, who finished the match with 15 kills on 19 attacks for a .684 hitting percentage. Stephanie Samedy aided Pittman with 17 kills and 10 digs.
"We saw something offensively that they did that we've never really seen before, and their offense really gave us trouble," Patrick said, "but I really like how we competed and played a low-error game to keep us in the match for two-thirds of the way.
"We just needed to make a couple more plays in the last third of the match to extend it past three sets."
Sedona Hansen had 20 assists for the Vols to go along with Callie Williams' 13, while Brooke Schumacher led the way on defense with 14 digs.
The Vols will be back on the road next weekend, as they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to take part in the Florida State-Florida A&M Classic on the campus of Florida State University. Tennessee will face No. 15 Florida State on Friday at 6 p.m.