Tennessee got a break from the volleyball marathons and took advantage Friday.
The 16th-ranked Lady Vols rolled to 25-20, 25-22, 25-16 victory over George Washington to open the SpringHill Suites Invitational at Comcast Center in College Park, Md.
After enduring three five-set matches in their last four, the Lady Vols (5-2) took control early with a .391 hitting percentage in the first set. They finished at .312 while limiting George Washington (2-7) to .127 percentage
"It was a really good match for us," UT coach Rob Patrick said. "We had some new players in and some players playing some new positions. Kayla Jeter played some outside (hitter) and Stephanie Stoll played quite a bit in the middle.
"My biggest thing is staying organized. The team did a wonderful job of staying organized on the court and not try to over-do anything."
Right-side hitter Leslie Cikra had a team-leading 13 kills on 17 attempts. She had a career-best .765 hitting percentage.
"She gets enough kills for us,'' Patrick said, "we just want her to have a few less errors and well she made zero today."
Outside hitter Tiffany Baker had 10 kills and hit .450.
UT plays Boston College at 11 a.m. today and faces host Maryland at 7:30.