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Vols earn 3-0 win over Bulldogs on Senior Night

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Volunteers concluded the 2015 regular season with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) victory over Georgia on Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols (21-12, 7-11 SEC) snapped their six-match losing streak to end the year on a winning note with sophomore Kendra Turner leading the way with 13 kills.

Georgia finished the year 5-25 overall and 0-18 in conference.

Before the match, the team honored seniors Lexi Dempsey and Megan Hatcher. Dempsey, the starting setter the last three years, ended her career with 2,951 assists, the sixth-most in program history.

"I am very proud of our team after our performance against Auburn," head coach Rob Patrick said after the match. "We really came out with a purpose in mind. We played with a lot of energy. They really seemed to dedicate this match to the seniors, who had a huge impact in this match and in our program over the course of their careers here."

The Vols took the first set 25-21 over the Bulldogs. After being tied at 11-11, Tennessee went on a 5-1 run to take an insurmountable lead, finishing the set on a 14-10 run. Turner lead all players with eight kills to fuel the Volunteer offense.

"Kendra Turner has just gotten stronger and stronger," Patrick said. "Once she got back from her injury earlier this season, she was a force for us. She was a catalyst for our quick start in this match."

During the second set, the Vols went on a 9-4 run to go up 16-11 over Georgia. Sophomore Kanisha Jimenez led the Vols with four kills and Turner added three of her own. Dempsey helped setup the offense with 11 assists.

The Volunteers were led by Dempsey in the third set, who had seven assists and three kills, including one to take match point. She ended with a career-high of five kills, as the Vols took the set 25-21 over the Bulldogs.

After two seasons of winning just 17 combined matches, Tennessee posted a 20-win season for the 22nd time in school history and the 11th time in the Rob Patrick coaching era.