Cats Come Back To Down Tennessee, 3-2
Oct. 29, 1999
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The UK volleyball team shook off a bad start against the Tennessee Lady Vols to beat the third place team in the SEC, 3-2, in front of an exuberant Memorial Coliseum crowd. Game scores were 0-15, 15-13, 15-7, 8-15 and 15-12.
Senior Katie Eiserman led UK (12-10, 5-5 SEC) with 15 kills while Megan Weiskircher stabilized the back row all night with 13 digs. For the first time all-season, UK won a match despite hitting below .100 (.099). UT hit .149 for the match.
"You can summarize our effort in three words: heart, fight and courage," UK Coach Jona Braden said. "That first game will go down in history looking bad, but we put it right out of our minds and focused on what we had to do to win." The outcome looked bleak for the Cats after that first game as Tennessee cruised to a 15-0 victory, marking the first time that the Cats had been shutout in a game all season. UT out-hit the Cats in the game by an incredible advantage of .556 to -.227.
UK came to play in game two though, building an early 5-0 lead. UT evened the game at 8-8, but the Cats fought back to reach game point at 14-10. UK had to weather another comeback by the Vols (16-10, 6-4 SEC) before putting away the game at 15-13.
Runs by each team marked game three as the Cats opened up a 4-1 lead before dropping six straight. Trailing 7-6, UK got its block going to record four total blocks and grab the next 11 points for a 15-7 win and improbable 2-1 lead in games.
In game four, a determined Tennessee team came out to claim leads of 6-0 and 12-4 en route to forcing the deciding game five with a 15-8 win. Any momentum gained by the Vols in staving off elimination in game four was quickly lost in the fifth game as the Cats jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Refusing to give in to the Catsí charge, the Vols evened the score at 7-7 and grabbed the lead at 10-9. But they would not lead again as Kentucky won six of the next eight points to escape with a 15-12 win.
UK is now 4-2 in five-game matches this season. Tennessee had won the last three meeting against Kentucky. Early in game one, Eiserman, a senior, recorded the 3,500th attack attempt of her distinguished career. Only two players in school history have recorded that many attempts.
The Cats will attempt to make it two in a row against the Vols when the two teams hoop-up again on Sunday at UTís Stokely Athletics Center. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.