Tennessee senior leader and Preseason All-SEC selection Kayla Jeter will miss the 2011 volleyball season with a knee injury, associate athletics director for sports medicine Jenny Moshak reported.
Jeter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee at team practice Friday.
Moshak said surgery has not yet been scheduled, and Jeter is currently rehabilitating her knee in preparation for surgery. Recovery time is estimated between six and nine months.
Jeter enjoyed her best season as a junior in 2010, earning first-team All-SEC and AVCA All-America honorable mention honors. Jeter, Solon, Ohio, native ranked second on the squad with 340 kills (2.98/set) and led UT with 19 solo blocks.
“We’re saddened by the fact that Kayla will be out for the season, but this now allows some other players to step up and perform,” Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. “Our goals have not changed because of the injury.
“I know with Kayla’s work ethic that she will come back stronger and more motivated than ever to have a great year next season. We’re excited to have Kayla back in our program for another year.”