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Volleyball Rallies Past Tennessee, 3-2
CINCINNATI, Ohio (Nov. 25) - With their postseason hopes on the brink, the University of
Cincinnati volleyball team took control of its destiny and rallied past Tennessee, 3-2, on
Nov. 25 in Orlando, Fla. in the final match of the Conference USA-SEC Challenge. UC's came back from a two-game deficit to win for just the 13th time in school history, but the third time already this season in the 5-15, 9-15, 15-5, 15-3, 15-5 win.
In what was a total team effort, sophomore Trish Ladusaw (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) and senior Shauntel Miller (Glenwood, Ill./Bloom) combined for 29 kills and were each named to the all-tournament team. Ladusaw added 13 digs, while Miller tallied six blocks. Bonita Wise (Riverside, Calif./John W. North) had 12 kills, 12 digs and five blocks and Leslie Newell (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) rounded out UC's four players in double figure kills with 11 on .588 hitting. Senior Stephanie Meinig (Washington, Ill./Washington Community) had nine kills and nine blocks and freshman Ashley Grooms (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) had a match-high 14 digs.
"We had our backs against the wall and we came out and played the way we were
capable of," said head coach Reed Sunahara. "I think everyone was disappointed about the way
we started, but the team showed a lot of character with the way they fought back."
UC (24-9) struggled in all phases during the first two games, hitting just .077 while allowing the Lady Vols to hit .417. The final three games were a total reversal of fortune as the Bearcats hit .308 to UT's .000. Cincinnati hit .444 in the game five win in rally scoring, capitalizing on 10 kills in just 18 attacks, including Newell terminating all four attacks and defensively stepping in as part of both of UC's point-scoring blocks.
Cincinnati native Ariana Wilson led Tennessee with 23 kills and five blocks en route to earning all-tournament honors to Tennessee (23-9), but her teammates contributed just 29 kills combined. Only Janelle Hester, with 10 kills, reached double figures for the Lady Vols.
The Bearcats now await word on a possible at-large bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. Pairings will be announced tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.
program has grown."