Robinson
UT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee opened the NCAA tournament with a strong all-around effort, downing Duke in four sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16, on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Lady Vols were able to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year and ninth time in school history. UT will take on Ohio State, which defeated MTSU earlier in the day.

Tennessee is now 9-2 in NCAA tournament matches held at Rocky Top.

Sophomore Kelsey Robinson paced the Lady Vols with her team-leading 22nd double-double of the season, posting a match-high 19 kills to go along with 11 digs, a pair of blocks and an ace. Freshman Tiffany Baker and Leslie Cikra also reached double-digits with kill totals of 13 and 12, respectively.

Defensively, fellow classmate Ellen Mullins topped the Lady Vols with 18 scoops, followed closely by a career-high 14 scoops from freshman Nikki Brice. At the net, junior DeeDee Harrison tallied a match-high seven blocks, in addition to seven kills.