Wichita State was in total control Friday night.
The Shockers dominated host Tennessee, sweeping to a 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 volleyball victory in the evening match of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“I have to commend Wichita State,” UT coach Rob Patrick said in a school release. “They played a very clean, great match. They really controlled the ball well throughout the match. They have quite a few seniors and a lot of experience on the court.”
Wichita State (7-1) forced eight Lady Vol errors and held UT to a .103 hitting percentage in the opening game. The Shockers led 17-7 to start the second and finished the third with an eight-point run.
Senior Whitney Heeres and junior Carly Wishlow led Tennessee (7-2) with seven kills apiece. Heeres hit at an even .300. Sophomore Lexi Dempey had 23 assists and a team-high eight digs.
“We were struggling and I just needed to be able to be consistent and not make errors,” Heeres said. “I was trying to bring energy to the court. The younger players are thinking about other things, so I wanted to bring a lot of talk so they could focus on the things they needed to focus on.”
Tennessee plays East Tennessee State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday before finishing against VCU at 7.