Just a heads up that there will be no updates or notes this week. I’m heading out of town for a few days, though I do hope to be back in time for Tennessee’s match this week against Mississippi.
OK, here’s one quick note for you. The Vols had a program matching long 27 day period between home matches earlier this year. They’re in the middle of another long road stretch right now. Which means from August 27th of this year to October 14th, Tennessee will have played a grand total of two home games in 47 days!
So be sure to come out to root on the team this weekend as they finally get to play in front of the home crowd!
UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs paced the Vols with 10 kills. Erica Treiber had 8, and Raina Hembry, Bri Holmes, and Alyssa Adreno all had 6 each. Sedona Hansen had 32 of the team’s 34 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 10 balls.
Tennessee had a season low .139 hitting percentage, while allowing Kentucky a season high .333.
The Vols had no service aces for just the 29th time in the rally scoring era.
UT had only 1 total team block, matching the program’s rally scoring era low.
Due to a miscommunication between the refs, 5’4” defensive specialist Claudia Coco got a chance to play in the front row. She had a block attempt and even got an attack attempt when the ball was set to her!
- UT is 29-46 all-time vs Kentucky. The team is 3-7 in their last ten matches and 4-6 in their last ten in Lexington.
- Kentucky has been ranked in 9 of their last 13 meetings with Tennessee. The Vols are 4-5 in those matches.
- The Wildcats have won six straight vs the Vols are are looking to make it seven for the first time since 1992. Tennessee hasn’t won a set vs Kentucky since 2012.
- The UT/UK series is the most played and longest continuously played series in program history. Both sides claim different matches, but according to Tennessee the teams have faced off 75 times since their first meeting in 1973, and have played each other every year since at least 1978.
- Kentucky currently sits atop the SEC standings, but they haven’t ended the season there since 1988.
- UK is on a nine-match winning streak.
Tennessee won their last scheduled non-conference match of the season in a sweep of Troy (25-21, 25-23, 25-19). Fifteen of the nineteen players on the squad saw action. Kendra Turner was the only player on either side of the court to reach double-digit kills with 13. She hit .440, had 4 blocks, 5 digs, and an ace as well. Bri Holmes had 7 kills. Raina Hembry had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Nora Reed put down 4 blocks. Sedona Hansen had 27 assists and Brooke Schumacher had 13 digs. Bridgette Villano served up 2 aces, which ties her with Kelsey Bawcombe as the season leader so far.
Tennessee was held to a .217 hitting percentage, the fourth lowest of the season and the lowest in a win. The Vols held Troy to .099, the fourth lowest by an opponent all year.
UT ends up with a 10-3 non-conference record.
Tennessee’s final non-conference match of the season is Wednesday night in Alabama vs Troy. On Sunday the team returns to conference play at Kentucky. Notes for that match will be up later this week.
- UT is meeting Troy for the first time in program history.
- The Vols are 4-2 vs the Sun Belt Conference since 2001.
- Troy is facing their third opponent from the state of Tennessee this season. They were previously swept by both ETSU and Austin Peay.
- Troy is facing their second SEC opponent this season. Mississippi State swept them earlier this year.
- The last time Tennessee travelled to Alabama for a non-conference match was October 18, 1988, when they defeated UAB 3-0.
- The last non-conference team from the state of Alabama the Vols played was Jacksonville State in 2013, in Knoxville. UT lost 2-3.
- Tennessee junior Claudia Coco’s neck of the woods in Georgia is well represented on the Trojan roster. Four Troy players were members of the A5 volleyball club she attended. Of those, one lived in her hometown of Johns Creek and another was a classmate at Chattahoochee High School with her.
We’ve just passed the half-way point of the season. Which seems like a good time to look at a few player stats and see how they might stack up against the record book. Keep in mind these are projections only. As the second half of the season will feature tougher conference opponents, the players may not stat at the pace they did in out-of-confernce play. (I’ll be looking at all-time school records here. At the end of the year I’ll also report how the players did in rally-scoring era records.)
- Sedona Hansen has 578 assists so far this year. At that rate, she could end the year with approximately 1,120, which would be the 17th most in a season at UT. Her 11.33 assists per set currently ranks as the 16th best in a season all-time.
- Erica Triber’s .372 hitting percentage currently ranks as the third best in a season all-time.
- Bridgette Villano’s 3.47 digs per set currently stands as the 18th best all-time in a season. With 1,085 career digs already and at her current pace, she could make the top ten on that list at UT. At 3.27 digs per set, she should finish her career around #6 all-time.
- UPDATE: Missed this one in the original post: Raina Hembry has 305 career blocks and might add 35-50 more the rest of the season. That would put her in the UT career blocks top ten list.
Tennessee kept pace in every set with the #5 team in the country but fell just short yesterday against the Gators (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20). Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 17 kills. Bri Holmes had 14, and Erica Treiber and Raina Hembry had 10 each. Treiber hit .500, Holmes .400, and Grubbs .343. Treiber and Hembry had 4 blocks a piece with Grubbs just behind with 3. Sedona Hansen put up 46 assists. Brooke Schumacher had 16 digs.
Of all the teams Florida has faced this season, Tennessee scored the second most kills and had the second highest hitting percentage. Only Nebraska did better in their win over UF.
In the three sets UT lost in this match, they were tied with Florida late in each one: 19-19 in the first set, 19-19 in the third, and 20-20 in the fourth.
The Vols have had double digit service errors in 9 of their 16 matches this season.
Service errors are frustrating, especially when they come at inopportune moments. But they don’t necessarily mean a team is serving badly. It could mean the team is serving more aggressively. Just over halfway through this season Tennessee has 79 aces as a team. That easily puts them on pace to surpass the 98 aces they got in all of 2012, the 83 they got in 2013, and the 88 they got in 2014. They could also put down more than the 121 they served up all of last year.
Right now the Vols are on track to reach over 300 service errors at their current rate. The only other team to do that in the rally scoring era? The 2011 SEC Championship team.
UT hit .297 as a team — that’s their third best hitting performance in a loss since 2001. In fact, 3 of the top 10 hitting percentages in a loss in the rally scoring era have been this season.
- UT is 13-47-1 all-time vs Florida, 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 2-8 in their last ten in Gainesville.
- Tennessee won three in a row in 2011 and 2012. But since then the Vols haven’t been able to win a set in their five matches vs the Gators.
- Florida has been dominant since coach Mary Wise took over the program in 1991. She’s only lost 24 regular season matches to SEC teams in her career. No conference opponent has won more matches against her than Tennessee.
- If UT gets to five sets vs Florida, history says they have at good shot a winning. UF won the first two such matches in 1986 and 1987. But Tennessee has won the last six since then.
- Tennessee has defeated the Gators thirteen times over the years, and eight of those wins were in the state of Florida: six times in Gainesville (1984, 1989, 2004 twice, 2011, 2012), and once in both Tallahassee (1978) and Pensacola (1988).
- The first time UT faced a ranked Florida team was 1991 — and the Gators have amazingly been ranked in every Tennessee game since then!
- The Vols have only defeated a top five opponent twice: #2 Penn State and #4 Florida in 2005.
- Florida coach Mary Wise and Tennessee coach Rob Patrick are the two longest serving coaches at a single SEC school in league history. This season Patrick joins Wise as the only coaches to reach the 20-year mark. (Note how carefully I worded this one! Fran Flory has coached in the SEC for 24 years but at two different schools. Laurie Corbelli has been at Texas A&M for 24 years but only 5 of them were in the SEC.)
LONGEST TIME COACHING IN SEC AT A SINGLE SCHOOL Mary Wise Florida 1991- 26 years Rob Patrick Tennessee 1997- 20 years Fran Flory LSU 1998- 19 years John Blair Mississippi 1986-2001 16 years Judy Green Alabama 1996-2010 15 years
Tennesse fought hard in their first televised match of the year but fell just short vs South Carolina (24-26, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13). Erica Treiber and Tessa Grubbs had 17 kills each, while Bri Holmes added 13 more. Raina Hembry put down five blocks, Holmes had 4, and Treiber and Alyssa Andreno had 2 each. Sedona Hansen earned another double-double with 52 assists and 16 digs. Brooke Schumacher dug up 15 balls and Bridgette Villano contributed 13 more.
Tennessee led the match in kills, assists, and digs, while SC led in aces and blocks.
The 11 service errors tonight were the 11th most by UT in the rally-scoring era. This was the third time this season the team has had 14 or more missed serves in a match.
After going a perfect 3-0 last season in five-set matches, Tennessee has lost both they’ve played in this season.
Tennessee has a mid-week nationally televised match at South Carolina on Wednesday night. They’ll then take on Florida in Gainesville on Sunday. These notes will focus on the first match of the week with a follow-up on Saturday for the next match.
- UT is 37-28 vs South Carolina all-time. The team is 7-3 in their last ten meetings and 6-4 in their last ten meetings in Columbia.
- SC was undefeated and #49 in last week’s PrepVolleyball Top 50, before a loss to Missouri knocked them out of the rankings.
- Tennessee is scheduled to play in 7 televised matches this season, which ties 2005 for the most UT appearances in one year. (In 2005, five of the matches were regular season games while two were NCAA Tournament matches.)
- The Vols are 25-37 in televised matches since 2001, and 1-3 in televised matches vs the Gamecocks.
- Tennessee is 15-17 in Wednesday matches since 2001, and 4-2 in Wednesday matches vs South Carolina.
- After the SC match, the Vols will have played two-thirds of their matches to-date on the road.
- Half of UT’s matches this season have been decided in three sets. The team is 5-2 in those games, 5-1 in four-set matches, and lost their only five-set match so far.
- Tennessee’s official notes are online.
The Vols helped celebrate the International Day of the Deaf by welcoming a large group of students from Knoxville’s Tennessee School for the Deaf out to the match, where American Sign Language interpreters were on hand. UT posted a great video yesterday featuring Claudia Coco, Breana Jeter, and Mackenzie Cooler who talk about their studies of ASL, the deaf people in their lives that inspired them to learn more, and why they were excited for the students to come out to the match.
My father worked at TSD for fifteen years. It was always cool when going to the campus to visit, help him with his computer, or bring my kids over for lunch, to get to see the wonderful community they have there. And it was great to see all the Vikings in attendance at the match! Hopefully, this is an event that will become a new tradition at UT.
UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 12 kills while hitting .579. She also had 3 (back-to-back-to-back!) aces in the match. Bri Holmes had 10 kills. Raina Hembry hit .571 with 7 attacks and Alyssa Andreno hit .333 with 9 attacks. Erica Treiber put down 6 blocks, Hembry 5, Kanisha Jiminez 3, and Andreno, Holmes, and Sedona Hansen 2. Hansen put up 35 of the team’s 37 assists. Brooke Schumacher led both teams with 9 digs. Hansen added in 7, Bridgette Villano 6, and Britney Vallez 5.
The Vols hit .333 as a team — the eighth time this season they’ve gone over .300.
They held the Bulldogs to a single ace and 27 digs, both season bests.
Today’s match was the 11th highest attended Tennessee volleyball match in program history with 1,466 on hand.
UPDATE: Bri Holmes had 14 kills, while Tessa Grubbs was right behind with 13. Erica Treiber had 7 blocks, and Holmes added in another 3. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 33 assists and 10 digs. Brooke Schumacher had 11 digs.
The Vols had more digs and blocks, the Bulldogs had more aces, and the teams were tied in kills and assists.
This was just the third time in program history Tennessee has been swept by Mississippi State. The other occasions were in 1995 and 2013.
UT hit .278 for the match — the fifth-highest hitting percentage in a loss for the team in the rally scoring era.
The win was the first SEC opener victory for Mississippi State since 2006. It was the third SEC opener loss in a row for Tennessee.
- UT is 43-10 all-time vs Mississippi State, and 7-3 in their last ten meetings.
- UT is 44-27 all-time vs Georgia, and 6-4 in their last ten meetings.
- Since 1978, the Vols are 18-20 in SEC openers — 9-10 under coach Rob Patrick and 9-10 in the years before his arrival.
- The Bulldogs from Starkville started their season 8-6. The Bulldogs of Athens started the season 12-1 before losing their SEC opener on Wednesday to Kentucky.
- Georgia moved into the PrepVolleyball Top 50 Rankings this week at #50.
- It’s been 27 days since the Vols last played in Knoxville. That ties for the longest time between home matches (or the beginning of the season and the first home game) in school history.
LONGEST WAIT FOR A UT REGULAR SEASON HOME MATCH 2016 27 days (August 27 to September 23) 2012 27 days (August 25 to September 21) 2009 26 days (August 30 to September 25) 2015 24 days (September 8 to October 2) 2001 21 days (season open to September 21) 1997 21 days (September 28 to October 19)
- The team in the news: “Tennessee Volleyball spikes towards SEC play” from the Daily Beacon, “Freshmen fast starters for Vols in volleyball” at the News Sentinel.
- Be sure to check out all the promotions Tennessee has available to fans this weekend. (PDF)
- The official site has published their notes package for the MSU game.
- And if you missed it, lots of season-to-date stats were posted here yesterday.
Early season out of conference tournaments are over and the SEC season will get underway this week (though Tennessee does have one more non-conference opponent on the schedule later). We’re already over a third of the way into the season! So this seems like an appropriate time to look into the numbers the team has posted this year so far.
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 329) aces
68 28 234 88 162 23 14 50
SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 13) aces
4 2 8 8 5 2 3 5
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 150 ranked) Kelsey Bawcombe aces per set 130 Tessa Grubbs kills per set 91 points per set 90 Sedona Hansen assists per set 11 Erica Treiber hitting percentage 17
SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 10-15 ranked) Kelsey Bawcombe aces per set 9 Tessa Grubbs kills per set 7 points per set 7 Sedona Hansen assists per set 2 Raina Hembry blocks per set 12 Bridgette Villano digs per set 4 Erica Treiber hitting percentage 2
CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded in 2016) Kelsey Bawcombe aces 5 (vs ULM) Stephanie Buss total blocks 6 (vs Milwaukee) Raina Hembry assists 2 (vs Xavier) digs 5 (vs Eastern Michigan) Bri Holmes attacks 59 (vs Eastern Michigan) digs 9 (vs Western Michigan) hitting percentage .733 (vs ULM) Courtney Mueller assists 6 (vs ULM & Milwaukee) Brooke Schumacher assists 3 (vs Milwaukee) Erica Treiber attacks 31 (vs Cleveland State) aces 3 (vs Cleveland State) digs 8 (vs Cleveland State) solo blocks 2 (vs Cincinnati) Kendra Turner hitting percentage .462 (vs ULM) assists 2 (vs Milwaukee) aces 3 (vs Cleveland State) digs 8 (vs Eastern Michigan) solo blocks 2 (vs Milwaukee) Bridgett Villano assists 8 (vs Cleveland State) aces 4 (vs Cincinnati) points 4 (vs Cincinnati)
2016 SEASON HIGHS aces Kelsey Bawcombe 5 (vs ULM) assists Sedona Hansen 56 (vs Western Michigan) attacks Bri Holmes 59 (vs Eastern Michigan) blocks (solo) Stephanie Buss 2 (vs Milwaukee) Tessa Grubbs 2 (vs Milwaukee) Raina Hembry 2 (vs Xavier) Erica Treiber 2 (vs Cincinnati) Kendra Turner 2 (vs Milwaukee) blocks (assists) Alyssa Andreno 8 (vs Kent State) Erica Trieber 8 (vs Kent State) blocks (total) Alyssa Andreno 8 (vs Kent State) Erica Trieber 8 (vs Kent State) digs Bridgette Villano 27 (vs Cleveland State) kills Tessa Grubbs 23 (vs Cleveland State) points Tessa Grubbs 24.5 (vs Cleveland State) hitting percentage Bri Holmes .733 (vs ULM)
TEAM MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2016) 1st most blocks (solo) 7 (vs Milwaukee) 6th most hitting percentage .447 (vs ULM) 11th most aces 10 (vs Cleveland State) 17th most aces 9 (vs Cincinnati) 17th most aces 9 (vs MTSU) 20th most points 90 (vs Cleveland State) 22nd most blocks (solo) 4 (vs Xavier) 25th most kills 72 (vs Cleveland State) 25th most hitting percentage .388 (vs James Madison)
INDIVIDUAL MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2016) Kelsey Bawcombe 8th most aces 5 (vs ULM) Kelsey Bawcombe 16th most aces 4 (vs Milwaukee) Bridgette Villano 16th most aces 4 (vs Cincinnati) Bri Holmes 19th most hitting percentage .733 (vs ULM)