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Volunteers shut out Tigers 3-0

1944 days ago
Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Led by 11 kills from Kendra Turner and 10 from Kanisha Jimenez, the Tennessee Volunteers defeated LSU 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 26-24) to start the home weekend at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols (20-6, 6-5 SEC) trailed by as many as seven points and saved two set points in the third set before rallying back to complete the sweep against LSU (9-12, 5-5 SEC). With the win, the Vols have their 22nd 20-win season in program history and 11th in the Rob Patrick coaching era.

Senior Lexi Dempsey recorded her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with 31 assists and 10 digs.

Tennessee hosts Texas A&M on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to wrap up the weekend.

LSU came out fast in the third set, leading by as many as seven points at 17-10. The Vols slowly whittled down the lead, but the Tigers had a pair of set point opportunities after taking a 24-22 lead on an attack error by Turner.

Dempsey saved the first point with a kill off an assist from defensive specialist Claudia Coco. Raina Hembry dunked a ball over the net to tie the match at 24-24.

With Megan Hatcher serving, Tennessee took advantage of its first match point. Junior Bri Holmes recorded a kill to finish the set at 26-24.

"Early in the the third set, we weren't doing a good job defensively; we weren't hitting our spots like we were in the first two sets," Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. "You can't do that against a team like LSU because they'll take advantage of that, and they did. What I thought was great is we finally started getting organized defensively. We hit our spots, picked up some balls to score points."

The Vols broke open the first set at the midway point. After LSU tied the match up 13-13, the Vols rolled on a 10-1 run to go up 23-14. A kill by Kendra Turner a few points later ended the set at 25-17. Tennessee had just two attack errors in the set and hit .324, while holding LSU to .114.

Tennessee pulled ahead early in the second set. Treiber capped a 7-1 run with an ace to put the Vols ahead 17-11. The Vols led by as many as eight points in the set before Kanisha Jimenez blasted a putaway shot on match points to end the set 25-18.

The Vols out-dug LSU 61-58. Bridgette Villano led with 15 digs, while Dempsey and Brooke Schumacher both finished with 10. Jimenez was a dig away from a double-double, earning nine digs to go along with her 10 kills.