Records fall in volleyball match

Despite record-setting performances by freshman Nikki Fowler and sophomore Chloe Goldman, the Tennessee volleyball team (9-14, 4-11) was unable to overcome a tough Ole Miss squad (21-6, 10-5 SEC), falling in five games, 30-20, 27-30, 31-29, 27-30, 15-9, Friday night at the Gillom Sports Center in Oxford.

Fowler posted the first triple-double in school history, while Goldman tallied the second-highest single-match digs total ever recorded by a UT player.

"All a coach can ever ask for is for their team to leave everything out on the court and I felt that we did that today," UT head coach Rob Patrick said. "We are counting on two players to set our offense that we never really planned on putting in that situation. I'm very proud of the way Jaye (Loyd) and Nikki ran our offense this evening.

"This is a testament to her incredible volleyball ability," Patrick said. "You would never guess that she is a freshman based on how well she played all over the court. I am excited to have her for three more years, as we will be able to do some really fun things with her as she progresses through her career at Tennessee."

Six different Lady Vols either set or tied career highs in a total of 14 different categories, while the team had season-best marks in both digs (103) and blocks (42) in the loss.

Most impressive was Fowler, who recorded personal-bests with 19 assists and 18 digs, to go along with 19 kills for the first triple-double in the history of Tennessee volleyball. The Dallas, Texas, native also set personal-highs with 54 attacks and eight blocks as well.

p> "Nikki has been shouldering a larger and larger amount of responsibility for us as the season has gone on," Patrick said. "She had an absolutely amazing match tonight. She did a terrific job of playing a position she has never played before (setter) and allowed our hitters to take some great swings."

Not to be outdone, Goldman finished just two off the school record for digs in a single-match with 40 against the Rebels. Her previous high was 37 against then-No. 18 LSU on Oct. 12.

"Once again, Chloe did a wonderful job defensively, giving us chances to score with her stellar play," Patrick said. "I was also happy to see Farren (Powe) come on after a slow start and raise the level of her game as the match went on."

Also recording career highs in the contest were junior Milan Clarke with six blocks, sophomore Kylie Marshall with 26 digs, five blocks and a pair of solo putbacks, sophomore Jaye Loyd with 36 assists and sophomore Farren Powe with 11 block assists, 12 total blocks and two digs.

Tennessee will look to build on this strong performance when it travels to Baton Rouge , La., to take on LSU on Sunday. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LADY VOL SOCCER: The Tennessee women's soccer team fell to Georgia, 3-0, in the final match of the regular season on Friday night at Turner Soccer Complex. The Lady Vols fall to 13-3-2 overall and 8-2-1 in SEC play. The loss marks just the third time this season that the Orange and White have been shut out.

"Georgia played great tonight," UT Head Coach Angela Kelly said. "They executed their game plan and played with a ton of emotion."

Georgia struck first in the 38th minute, when a defensive miscue left the ball for freshman forward Marah Falle just inside the penalty box. Falle then fed sophomore forward Carrie Patterson who went one-on-one with UT junior keeper Jaimel Johnson, beating the keeper to her right side on the ground.

The first half saw the Bulldogs out-shoot Tennessee 5-2, while both keepers made one save apiece. Georgia earned three consecutive corner kicks in the first three minutes of the match, setting the tone early in the half. The Bulldogs had several good scoring opportunities in the half, hitting the post once and missing just wide right on a free kick just outside the box.

The Bulldogs found the back of the net again in the 60th minute, getting another score from inside the six-yard box. Falle and Patterson teamed up again, with Patterson putting a cross into the box and Falle finishing on one touch from five yards out.

Even with the 2-0 lead, Georgia continued to pressure the Lady Vol midfield and defense. Just 10 minutes after the second goal, Patterson nearly scored again putting a shot through traffic in the box which was saved by Johnson just in front of the goal line.

The Bulldogs hit iron twice after taking the 2-0 lead, with freshman midfielder Mariah Krase heading a ball off the post in the 73rd minute and Patterson hitting the crossbar with under five minutes remaining.

Following the miss off the crossbar, a scramble in the box resulted in the third goal for Georgia. Patterson struck again, getting an assist from freshman midfielder Traci Dreesen on a rebound and notching her team-leading 11th goal of the season.

The Bulldogs out-shot UT 19-8 overall, putting seven shots on goal and forcing Johnson to make four saves in just her third loss of the season. The Lady Vols notched eight shots, putting three on goal. The match marks just the second time this season that UT has allowed more than two goals.

"I want to congratulate [Georgia Head Coach] Patrick Baker and his staff for a great performance and great season thus far," Kelly said.

Sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram led Tennessee with four shots, while juniors Sarah Van Sickle and Alissa VonderHaar notched the Lady Vols' only shots on goal.

The loss knocks the Orange and White out of contention for the Eastern Division and overall regular season titles; however the Lady Vols will be watching the result of the Florida-Vanderbilt match in Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday, which will determine their seed in the SEC Tournament. A Florida loss or tie will give Tennessee the No. 2 seed, while a Gator win will the Orange and White the No. 3 seed.

The Orange and White return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the first round of the conference tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Tennessee's opponent and game time will be determined following the completion of the regular season on Sunday.

LADY VOL ROWING: The women's rowing team travels to Chattanooga on Saturday to compete in the Head of the Hooch Regatta. The Lady Vols are coming off a break from competitive action after a program-best finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 21-22.

Both the varsity and novice squads will participate in the regatta which begins with the men's open 4x race at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The varsity team will field two boats in each of four races: the Championship 8+, Championship 2x, Open 4x and Championship 4+. Meanwhile, the novices will enter four boats into the College and Club Novice 8+ event.

The varsity team's day will begin with the Open 4x race at 11:20 a.m. followed by the Championship 8+ event at 12:12 p.m. The V8+ shell finished fifth in the Championship race at the Head of the Charles, Tennessee's best showing at the event in program history.

Later in the afternoon, UT will compete in the Championship 2x and the Championship 4+ events at 3:15 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., respectively.

The novice squad will enter four boats in the College and Club Novice 8+ event. The novices are coming off first, fourth, fifth and ninth place finishes at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta on Oct. 20.

The last time the Lady Vols raced in Chattanooga, they came home with three first-place finishes in four races at the Chattanooga Head Race on Oct. 13. Last year at the Head of the Hooch, UT took home two gold and three silver medals, including a sweep of the top two spots in the Championship 8+ event.

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