Lady Vols Won Four Games Straight

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 22nd-ranked Tennessee volleyball player swept her first two games of the Stacey Clark Classic, beating Purdue Fort Wayne (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) and Jacksonville State (25-23, 25-21, 25-17) on Friday at Holloway Gymnasium.

UT (8-1) won both games in three sets on Friday. The Lady Vols have won their last four games in straight sets and now have seven sweeps on the year.

Lily Felts led the Orange and White in the eliminations of the day, falling from 21 to one.275 slugging percentage.

Passer Natalie Hayward led the strike well throughout the day, averaging 12.50 assists per set. Hayward had 75 total assists, including 35 against Purdue Fort Wayne (2-9) and 40 against JSU (9-3).

Hayward earned her third double-double of the season against Jacksonville State as she had 15 finishs to go along with her 35 assists.

In Friday’s opener, defensive specialist Paola Laborda made her first career start for the Lady Vols. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native finished with nine digs, a service ace and an assist.

22 Tennessee 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

Tennessee spread the wealth in Friday’s opener as seven Lady Vols recorded a finish in the three-set win over Purdue Fort Wayne. Jasmine Brooks, Felts and Nicole Shanahan led the way with eight disposals, while Danielle Mahaffey and Emily Merrick each striked with seven.

Raquel Perinar and Hayward rounded out the group with six and four pass aways, respectively.

Shanahan’s eight disposals are a career high and she added three blocks and a service ace to her stat line against IPFW.

Merrick matched his career-high score of seven disposals against the Behemoths.

22 Tennessee 3, Jacksonville State 0

Felts did a little bit of everything for Tennessee against JSU, scoring 13 disposals, carving out a service ace, digging in six strike and recording a career-high four blocks. The Knoxville native hit an impressive .542 in the victory.

Junior right-hander Morgan Fingall led UT in disposals as they tallied 14 against the Gamecocks in batting.333. The Fairfax, Va., native had six digs and two blocks.

Breana Runnels and Ava Bell also had double figures in the number of victims in Friday’s second game, totaling 12 and 10 respectively. Bell has reached a team high.714 on 14 strike and picked up five blocks.

NEXT STEP

The Lady Vols join the Stacey Clark Classic on Saturday as they take on ninth-ranked Purdue. The game will be UT’s third against a top-10 opponent this season. The first service for the match is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.

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