Auburn made itself at home in Tennessee on Friday night.
The Tigers won a volleyball match in Knoxville for the first time since Oct. 28, 2007 and did so in convincing fashion, sweeping the Lady Vols 25-22, 25-17, 25-14.
Kathia Rud led Auburn (14-8, 5-5 SEC) with 10 kills. The Tigers held Tennessee (9-15, 1-9) below .100 in hitting percentage in all three games, including .033 for the final game.
With 14 digs, UT senior libero Ellen Mullins broke into the SEC’s top-10 list for all-time career digs with 1,663.
“It’s really special. I couldn’t get to where I am without my teammates and the coaching staff helping me by working at practice every day,” said Mullins. “It’s an honor, and I’m really proud of my hard for getting me where I am.”
Sophomore Lexi Dempsey recorded her 15th double-double on the year, a mark that leads the conference, as she dished out 20 assists to go with 11 digs.
UT freshman Ashley Mariani had a team-high eight kills, with only one error on 16 attacks, hitting at a team-leading .438. Freshman Jamie Lea added seven kills.
The Lady Vols and Auburn battled for the first set with 15 ties and five lead changes. It was tied 21-all before Auburn recorded back-to-back kills. Mariani put down a kill coming out of a timeout and the Lady Vols pulled within 23-22. But Auburn’s Courtney McDonald and Stephanie Campbell put down back-to-back kills to give the Tigers the victory.