Tennessee did exactly what it was supposed to do Friday night, sweeping lowly Mississippi State 3-0 in Starkville, Miss.
The Lady Vols (16-6, 9-4 SEC) overpowered the league's worst team 25-18, 25-21, 25-17.Tennessee goes from worst to first, visiting Florida on Sunday at 2 p.m.The Lady Vols' ninth consecutive win over Mississippi State (4-19, 0-14) was paced by 13 kills by Kelsey Robinson and 10 from middle blocker DeeDee Harrison. Harrison hit an even .500 on her attacks.
"I was really happy with the way we came out, after the first set, and played really low-error volleyball,'' said Lady Vols coach Rob Patrick in a school release. "I was really proud of how our players did a fantastic job of being patient offensively and waiting for their opening to go for their kill shots.''
Mary Pollmiller chipped in 31 assists and 10 digs, her 12th double-double of the year.
"It's really important for us to get the ball spread out to a lot of our hitters and Bianca (Arellano) and Mary did a fantastic job of finding our hitters and getting them the ball at the right times.''
Ellen Mullins had 14 digs and Kayla Jeter tied a career-best with 13.
"I was really pleased to see Kayla's defense,'' Patrick said. "She doesn't get enough credit for her back-row play. She's one of our most steady serve receivers and somebody that can do a great job from the service line and back row for us.''
Cross Country: Peter Okwera, a first-team pick, was Tennessee's only representative on the All-SEC cross country team.
Alexis Panisse of UT was on the women's All-Freshman team.
Henry Lelei of Texas A&M is the men's runner of the year. Cally Macumber of Kentucky took the women's top honor.
Honors all All-SEC honors were based on results of the conference meet.
Okwera is a sophomore from Uganda who transferred from Western Kentucky. He finished sixth at the SEC meet.
Men's Basketball: Cameron Tatum was selected in the third round of the NBA Developmental League draft by the Iowa Energy on Friday. Tatum completed his career at Tennessee last season. However, Tatum will begin his NBDL career in Bakersfield, Calif., according to UT.