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Vols down the Rebels

1446 days ago
Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Raina Hembry recorded 12 kills and a season-high seven blocks to lead Tennessee to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-16) victory over Ole Miss on Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols (12-7, 2-4 SEC) snapped a three-match SEC losing streak in straight-set fashion, hitting .288 for the match while holding Ole Miss (12-7, 1-5) to .045.

Freshman setter Sedona Hansen recorded her eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 32 assists and a team-leading 12 digs.

After having just one team block in Sunday's 3-0 loss at No. 25 Kentucky, the Vols out-blocked Ole Miss 11 to 6. Tennessee also had 51 digs to Ole Miss' 49.

"We went into the gym this past week and we had to clean up somethings we just had to get better at," Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. "The things the young ladies put into practice this week really came to fruition during the match today with our blocking and some of our defensive positioning."

Tennessee concludes the weekend by hosting Arkansas on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. It will be streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app as an SEC Network+ broadcast.

Tennessee controlled the opening set with a .324 hitting average, led by Hembry, who contributed five kills on seven attacks. The Vols broke away early in the set by scoring six of seven points to go up 8-3 on a kill by Alyssa Andreno. Tennessee eventually led the set by as many as 10 points twice and a 3-0 run by the Vols secured the opening frame, 25-15.

Ole Miss played closer in the second set but continued to fall behind the Vols. The Rebels tied the set 12-12 but the Vols won four of the next five points to go ahead 16-13 on a solo block by Tessa Grubbs and stayed in front the rest of the way. The Vols won five of the last six points to take the second 25-18.

Tennessee hit for .324 once again, compared to the Rebels' .135 in the set.

In the third set, Tennessee broke a 9-9 tie by winning eight of nine points, capped by an ace from Erica Treiber to put Tennessee ahead 17-10. Junior Kendra Turner entered the match late and got the Vols final three kills, ending the match 25-16.