The Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in three sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-16) on Friday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Both teams came into the match on long winning streaks. The Lady Vols (16-8, 9-4 SEC) had won five matches in a row, while the Bulldogs (14-10, 7-6 SEC) had won six in a row and seven of eight.
Tennessee captured the momentum early while dominating the first set. With a 7-5 lead, the Lady Vols went on a 6-0 run and never looked back, taking the first set 25-15. Milan Clarke and Farren Powe led the attack in the first set with five kills each.
With Georgia coming in on a six-match winning streak, Lady Vols coach Rob Patrick felt it was important to get the momentum on Tennessee's side early.
"They had been playing with a tremendous amount of confidence over the last six or seven matches, Patrick said. "We felt we had to stop them at the beginning. If we allowed them to get some momentum, their confidence would have just carried them through (the match)," Patrick said.
Tennessee carried the momentum into the second set. After Georgia took the first point, the Lady Vols went on a 12-2 run and never gave the Bulldogs a chance to come back, finishing off the set with an ace.
The Lady Vols didn't let up with their relentless attack, and finished off Georgia in the third set, 25-16. Tennessee has had Georgia's number in 2008, as this was the second time this season that the Lady Vols defeated the Bulldogs in three sets.
Milan Clarke and Farren Powe led the way on offense for Tennessee, with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Powe also contributed five blocks and had an excellent .692 hitting percentage.
Libero Chloe Goldman was the defensive leader for the Lady Vols with 18 digs.
Coach Patrick was excited about his team moving forward with a six-match winning streak.
"The one thing that's great about this team is they're not looking further than LSU," he said.
"They didn't look further than Georgia. That's something I like about this team, they're focused."
The Lady Vols will take on the LSU Tigers (12-7, 7-5 SEC) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.