KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee freshman Tessa Grubbs had 12 kills and Bri Holmes added 10 as the Volunteers defeated Georgia 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-21) on Sunday for their first SEC volleyball win of the season.
The Vols (10-4, 1-1 SEC) rebounded from a 3-0 loss Friday to Mississippi State with improved hitting and defense against Georgia (12-3, 0-2). Tennessee hit .333 for the match while holding Georgia to .065 hitting.
"One of the things I thought we did a really nice job of was trying to limit some of the errors that we were causing us some lack of continuity on Friday," Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. "I really liked how we bounced back. Our players really cared about what happened on Friday and wanted to correct it.
"We had a great practice on Saturday and we came out an performed today. I really liked the resilience of the team and how they stuck together."
Grubbs averaged 4.17 kills per set in her first weekend of SEC play, finishing witha team-leading 25 kills while hitting .488. Holmes was not far behind, averaging 4.00 kills per set; with her 10 kills Sunday, she surpassed the 750 career milestone in her career.
Tennessee opened the match with a 9-3 lead int he first set and never looked back. With a 6-0 run late in second set, the Vols lead 23-11 on back-to-back kills by Alyssa Andreno. The Vols hit .565 for the set -- their best percentage of the match -- and Erica Treiber finished out the set 25-14 on a kill.
Grubbs' serving sparked a Tennessee comeback in the second set. Trailing 15-12, the Vols went on a 5-0 run -- a streak that included three consecutive aces by Grubbs -- to take a 17-15 lead and never trailed again. Georgia eventually fought off three set points before Holmes recorded a kill to end the set 25-21.
The Vols trailed by as many as five points in the third set. Georgia lead 20-19 on a kill by Megan Spencer, but Tennessee ended the match by winning six of the last seven points.
Tennessee Starters: Alyssa Andreno, Erica Treiber, Bri Holmes, Raina Hembry, Sedona Hansen, Britney Vallez and Brooke Schumacher made her third start this season at libero. Senior Bri Holmes recorded her 750th career kill between her college career played at UC Riverside and Tennessee. She entered the match with 747 and now has 757, the most of any current Vol. Tessa Grubbs' three consecutive aces in the second set marked her career high for aces in a match. While four Vols made their SEC debuts Friday against Mississippi State, one more made her debut Sunday: defensive specialist Asha Phillips, who came in to serve in the second set. The Vols out-dug Georgia 32-27. Starting at libero for the third time this year, Brooke Schumacher led Tennessee with nine digs. Tennessee also had 11.5 blocks for the match, more than Georgia's eight. Erica Treiber led with six blocks. UP NEXT
The Vols play two SEC matches on the road next week, first playing at South Carolina on Wednesday at 9 p.m. and then at sixth-ranked Florida on Sunday at noon. Both matches will be televised nationally. The South Carolina match will air on ESPNU and the Florida match is on the SEC Network.