KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Erica Treiber and Kendra Turner both finished with a .500 hitting percentage Sunday afternoon to give Tennessee a 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-11) win in its SEC home opener against Mississippi State at Thompson-Boiling Arena. Treiber and Turner led the attack for Tennessee (8-3, 1-1 SEC) with 64 total attacks on the afternoon and 34 combined kills. Outside hitter Tessa Grubbs showed how much of an impact player she can be by accounting for 40 attacks and 20 kills for a .475 hitting percentage.
In the opening set, the Lady Vols got a four-point cushion with the score 16-12 and they never looked back on their way to a 25-23 opening-set win.
The Bulldogs (9-8, 0-2 SEC) went on a 6-0 run early in the set to make the score 11-9 before Tennessee went on a 3-0 run of its own to take a 14-11 lead. The set would go back and forth from that point before Mississippi State ended on a 6-4 run to take the set 26-24.
The Vols would reestablish themselves in the third set with an 11-6 run that was started with a kill by Breana Jeter. The two teams once again went back and forth until Tennessee closed out the set on a 9-4 run to win the set 25-13 when Khris Carr had an attack error.
It was all Tennessee in the fourth and final set when UT started on a 9-2 run with Treiber and freshman setter Callie Williams serving for those nine points. Grubbs had a kill to make the set score 10-5 and from there, the Vols would go on a 15-6 run to win the set 25-11 when freshman middle hitter Olivia Schwamberger got the final kill of the afternoon.
Jelena Vujcin led the Bulldogs with 15 kills on 44 attacks and Carr finished with 12 kills on 39 attacks.
Sedona Hansen recorded her third double-double of the season with 28 assists and 13 digs for the Vols in the win.
UP NEXT: Tennessee will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to face off against the No. 3 Florida Gators. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network+ and can be seen on WatchESPN.com.
The Vols will then travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the Gamecocks of South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. That match can also be seen on the SEC Network.