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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Recap: at Arkansas and at Missouri
  • Hard to believe but we’re already at the half-way point in the season. With 16 matches left to go, the Lady Vols are 7-9 in their first 16 games.
  • In conference openers since 1978, the team is 18-19. Under coach Rob Patrick UT is 9-9.
  • UT is 17-17 all-time vs Arkansas. This was Tennessee’s first loss in Fayetteville since 2007.
  • UT is 2-4 vs Missouri. Tennessee has never won a match played in Columbia.
  • Lady Vol setter Lexi Dempsey put her name into the Tennessee record book this weekend. With 1,458 assists in her two seasons in Knoxville she has moved into the top ten for career assists at UT.

    UT TOP TEN CAREER ASSISTS
    1 Julie Knytych 5,803 2002-2005
    2 Erica Lear 5,069 1998-2001
    3 Molly Mooney 4,674 1991-1994
    4 Wendy Jones 3,541 1986-1989
    5 Laurie Caraher 2,957 1984-1987
    6 Christy Warren 2,904 1995-1998
    7 Mary Pollmiller 2,740 2011-2012
    8 Kelsey Mahoney 1,857 2008-2011
    9 Allison Stricklin 1,530 1994-1997
    10 Lexi Dempsey 1,458 2013-

  • Tennessee has started 0-2 in SEC matches for the ninth time since 1978: 1981, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2014. The 1981 team went on to win the conference championship. The 1981, 1990, and 1993 teams would go on to post-season play. Only the 1994, 1995, and 2013 teams would end up with losing league records.
  • Arkansas’ Meredith Hayes put down 24 kills — the most by a UT opponent in a three set match in the rally scoring era.
  • The Missouri match was the first since at least 2001 where no player reached double-digit assists.
  • Two players (excluding newcomers) matched or exceeded a personal career high this past weekend: Lexi Dempsey (kills, attacks in a three set match, hitting percentage, and points vs UARK); Jamie Lea (hitting percentage with 10-19 attempts vs UARK and assists vs MU).


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tennessee falls to Mizzou

The Lady Vols lost in three to Missouri in their first match on the new SEC Network (25-19, 25-15, 25-16). Kendra Turned had a team-leading eight kills. Shealyn Kolosky and Iesha Bryant had four blocks each, and Kanisha Jimenez put up three more. Lexi Dempsey had 11 digs and eight assists. Bridgette Villano had ten digs.

As a team, Tennessee had their fifth lowest kill total of the rally scoring era with just 26. It was also the first match since at least 2001 where no player reached double-digit assists.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / MU STORY



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Arkansas sweeps Lady Vols

Tennessee fell in their first conference match of the year to Arkansas in three sets (25-20, 25-15, 25-19). Kendra Turner has nine kills, while Jamie Lea added eight more. With no errors on 17 attempts, Lea hit .471. Lexi Dempsey had 29 assists, and had four kills on nine attacks with no errors for a .444. Claudia Coco dug up nine balls; Bridgette Villano had eight. Kanisha Jimenez had three blocks and eight digs.

Arkansas’ Meredith Hayes put down an impressive 24 kills — the most by a UT opponent in a three set match in the rally scoring era and the first player to reach 20 in eight years. Ana Sofia Jusino hit .778 and Chanell Clark-Bibbs .667 — those are the seventh and fifteenth highest hitting percentages (with 5 or more attempts) by an opposing player since 2001.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / UARK STORY



Friday, September 26, 2014

2014 Match Notes: at Arkansas and at Missouri

Tennessee begins SEC play this weekend, on the road vs Arkansas and Missouri. (Apologies — I’m running way behind this week, so these notes will be abbreviated.)

  • The Lady Vols have a mixed record in conference openers. Since 1978, the team is 18-18. Under coach Rob Patrick UT is 9-8.
  • UT is 17-16 all-time vs Arkansas. Since 2001, the series is 14-9. Tennessee has an 8-2 advantage in the last ten matches, but both losses have come in the past two seasons. In Fayetteville, the Lady Vols have won seven of the last ten meetings, including every match since 2007.
  • UT has met Missouri only five times in program history and stands at 2-3. Tennessee has lost both matches played in Columbia.
  • This will be just the second match played vs Missouri where neither team is ranked. Tennessee won the first such match in 2012 by a score of 3-2.
  • After an impressive 16-5 run, the Lady Vols haven’t won a televised match in their last six attempts. Tennessee has played 50 matches on TV since 2001, and holds a 24-26 record.
  • Both teams being played this weekend are relative newcomers to the SEC. Since it’s founding, the Southeastern Conference has been extremely stable — especially when compared to others. In 1932, 13 schools created the league. For the first 35 years of it’s existence the only changes were the exit of three teams. For about the next 30 years the conference held firm with ten of it’s charter members. In the early 1990s, Arkansas and South Carolina became the first teams ever invited to join. And about 20 years later, Missouri and Texas A&M were extended invitations.

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LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS
2008
3-2
AWAY
2009
3-0
HOME
2009
3-2
AWAY
2010
3-2
AWAY
2010
3-0
HOME
2011
3-0
AWAY
2011
3-0
HOME
2012
1-3
HOME
2012
3-0
AWAY
2013
1-3
HOME
2005
0-3
AWAY
2005
3-1
NEUTRAL
2012
2-3
AWAY
2012
3-2
HOME
2013
0-3
HOME

TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
ACES
PER SET
ASSISTS
PER SET
BLOCKS
PER SET
DIGS
PER SET
KILLS
PER SET
HIT
PERCENT
OPP HIT
PERCENT
12th
SEC
302nd
NCAA
0.90
11th
SEC
228th
NCAA
10.96
11th
SEC
93rd
NCAA
2.28
5th
SEC
132nd
NCAA
14.88
11th
SEC
245th
NCAA
11.58
10th
SEC
204th
NCAA
.186
8th
SEC
.189
13th
SEC
323rd
NCAA
0.75
12th
SEC
267th
NCAA
10.45
3rd
SEC
xxx
NCAA
2.72
10th
SEC
240th
NCAA
13.51
12th
SEC
247th
NCAA
11.53
11th
SEC
222nd
NCAA
.177
6th
SEC
.179
8th
SEC
236th
NCAA
1.09
7th
SEC
126th
NCAA
12.04
8th
SEC
70th
NCAA
2.40
8th
SEC
198th
NCAA
14.09
7th
SEC
136th
NCAA
12.86
6th
SEC
76th
NCAA
.240
12th
SEC
.201

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
ACES
PER SET
Kanisha Jimenez
19th SEC
0.24
Chanell Clark-Bibbs
.023
Emily Thater
14th SEC
xxx NCAA
0.28
ASSISTS
PER SET
Lexi Dempsey
9th SEC
133rd NCAA
9.47
Bailee Hankenson
10th SEC
7.88
Loxley Keala
12th SEC
5.68
BLOCKS
PER SET
Iesha Bryant
9th SEC
123rd NCAA
1.11
Ana Sofia Jusino
5th SEC
29th NCAA
1.38
Whitney Little
13th SEC
1.05
DIGS
PER SET
Bridgette Villano
10th SEC
3.57
Monica Bollinger
7th SEC
3.90
Sarah Meister
9th SEC
3.67
KILLS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
16th SEC
2.92
Meredith Hays
1st SEC
20th NCAA
4.33
Carly Kan
5th SEC
100th NCAA
3.54
POINTS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
19th SEC
350th NCAA
3.32
Meredith Hays
3rd SEC
29th NCAA
4.89
Carly Kan
6th SEC
129th NCAA
3.90
HITTING
PERCENTAGE
Shealyn Kolosky
.303
Chanell Clark-Bibbs
17th SEC
.290
Whitney Little
2nd SEC
16th NCAA
.437


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014: Lady Vol Classic Recap

The Lady Vols finished their home tourney with wins vs Mercer and Montana State and losses to Austin Peay and Memphis. After 14 matches their record is even at seven wins, seven losses.

  • Tennessee is now 3-1- vs the Lady Govs, 1-0 vs the Greyhounds, 22-8 vs the Tigers, 1-0 vs the Bears, and 1-0 vs the Bobcats all-time.
  • The Lady Vols are now 29-8 in home openers since 1978. Under coach Rob Patrick the team is 14-4. In their opening week at home UT is 78-24 since 1978, and 42-14 under Patrick.
  • Coach Patrick is 40-12 in Lady Vol Classic matches. This was just the second time one of his teams lost more than a single match in the tournament.
  • UT met seven of their opponents this year for the first time in program history, and went 5-2 vs them: Northern Illinois, Omaha, Evansville, Kennesaw State, Loyola (MD), Mercer, and Montana State.
  • The defeats to Austin Peay and Memphis doubled the number of losses to fellow state teams UT has had since 1991. The last time the Lady Vols lost two matches to state schools in the same season was 1980 — both to Memphis. The last time Tennessee lost two matches to two different state schools in the same season was 1978 — Memphis and ETSU. The Lady Vols are 135-29-4 (.815) vs other Tennessee schools. Coach Patrick is 24-4 (.857).
  • Austin Peay won more sets in their match vs Tennessee this week then they had in all four of the previous meetings combined.
  • Austin Peay only had eight hitting errors — no other UT opponent in the rally scoring era (2001-present) has had fewer. As a team the Lady Govs hit .384 — the 12th highest in APSU history and the sixth highest by a UT opponent since 2001. Tennessee did pretty well themselves, hitting .262 — the fourth highest hitting percentage by the Lady Vols in a loss since 2001.
  • Kelsey Bawcombe’s four aces vs Montana State were the eighth most by a Lady Vol in a sweep since 2001.
  • Tennessee played their first five-set game of the year in their 13th match. Since 1982, that’s the fourth furthest into the season they’ve gone before going to five. In 2004, the team didn’t go to the tie-breaker until their 28th match. And in 1989 and 2002, they went to five for the first time in their 16th matches.
  • Four players (excluding newcomers) matched or exceeded a personal career high this past weekend: Lexi Dempsey (digs in a five set match vs MU, points, first career solo block, block assists in a 3 set match, and total blocks in a 3 set match, vs MSU); Shealyn Kolosky (points in a 4 set match vs U of M); Ashley Mariani (block assists in a 3 set match and total blocks in a 3 set match vs MSU); and Bridgette Villano (digs in a 5 set match and assists vs MU).
  • The Lady Vols have completed the non-confernce portion of their regular season schedule. Since 2001, they have been fairly dominant in those matches. In total, they’ve played teams from 26 conferences and have a winning record vs 22 of them. UT only has a losing record vs one conference.

    UT VS THE CONFERENCES SINCE 2001
    American Athletic Conference* 14-4
    Atlantic Coast Conference 16-6
    American Sun Conference 8-1
    Atlantic 10 Conference 7-1
    Big East Conference* 8-1
    Big Sky Conference 1-0
    Big South Conference 4-1
    Big Ten Conference 5-14
    Big 12 Conference 5-3
    Big West Conference 2-0
    Conference USA 9-2
    Horizon League 1-0
    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 1-0
    Mid-American Conference 6-3
    Missouri Valley Conference 2-2
    Mountain West Conference 3-1
    Ohio Valley Conference 8-2
    Pacific-12 Conference 2-2
    Patriot League 3-0
    Southeastern Conference 155-90
    Southern Conference 11-1
    Southwestern Athletic Conference 1-0
    Summit League 2-1
    Sun Belt Conference 3-2
    West Coast Conference 3-1
    Western Athletic Conference 2-2
    American Athletic and Big East records include their teams’ records
    split off from the old Big East Conference



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lady Vols defeat Mercer, Montana State

201413-bawcombe-1Tennessee earned their first home win of the year by defeating Mercer in a tight five set affair (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13). The Lady Vols took Montana State down in much quicker fashion with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-23). Freshman Kelsey Bawcombe was named to the All-Tournament team. Much more soon.

UPDATE: Against the Bears, the first five set match of the year, Bawcombe had 17 kills, hit .317, served two aces, had four blocks, and got her first ever double double with 15 digs. Kendra Turner also had 17 kills. Kanisha Jimenez had ten kills and 13 digs, for her third career double double. Iesha Bryant put down five blocks, and Shealyn Kolosky had four. Lexi Dempsey got a double double with 44 assists and 15 digs. Bridgette Villano had 12 digs and seven assists. Mid-2012 was the last time three players earned double doubles in a single match.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / MU STORY

Jimenez led the team with 11 kills vs Montana State, hitting .450. Bawcombe had nine kills and seven digs. She also had four aces — the eighth most by a Lady Vol in a sweep since 2001. Kolosky hit .500 with six kills and no errors. Lexi Dempsey picked up career double double #20 with 30 assists and 10 digs. She also had three blocks, including her very first solo. Ashley Mariani also had three blocks.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / MSU STORY



Friday, September 19, 2014

Tigers top Tennessee

201412-turner-1In a closely fought match, the Lady Vols fell in four to Memphis (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21). More soon.

UPDATE: Shealyn Kolosky was one off her career high with ten kills — with no errors on 19 attacks for a stellar .526 hitting percentage. She also had a match-leading seven blocks. Kendra Turner and Kanisha Jimenez had nine kills each while Iesha Bryant added in eight more. Kelsey Bawcombe had six blocks, six kills, and six digs. Jimenez put back five blocks. Lexi Dempsey earned 37 assists. Bridgette Villano and Claudia Coco combined for the bulk of the team’s digs with 16 and 11 respectively.

The Lady Vols outhit and out blocked the Tigers, while Memphis had the edge in kills and aces. Tennessee’s 12 service aces were the most in two years. Like last night, UT’s team hitting percentage was high despite the outcome: this time .224 was good for 12th best in a loss since 2001.

UT STORY, VIDEO, & PHOTOS / BOX SCORE / UofM STORY



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lady Govs sweep Lady Vols

201411-jimenez-1Despite a late comeback attempt, UT couldn’t prevent an Austin Peay sweep (25-18, 25-17, 25-23). Much more later tonight.

UPDATE: Kanisha Jimenez had 13 kills on 29 attacks with just one error for a .414 hitting percentage. She also had 11 digs to earn a double double. Jamie Lea had 7 kills. Iesha Bryant had 6 kills, hitting .400. Shealyn Kolosky had 5 kills and hit .455. Lexi Dempsey put up 26 assists and Taylor Johnson another ten.

Austin Peay only had eight hitting errors — no other UT opponent in the rally scoring era (2001-present) has had fewer. As a team the Lady Govs hit .384 — the 12th highest in APSU history and the sixth highest by a UT opponent since 2001. Tennessee did pretty well themselves, hitting .262 — the fourth highest hitting percentage by the Lady Vols in a loss since 2001.

UT STORY, VIDEO, & PHOTOS / BOX SCORE / APSU STORY



Last minute Lady Vol Classic links

After the long offseason, and a longer than usual start of season on the road, the Lady Vols finally take the court in Knoxville tonight. Here is some last minute info:

  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel profiles Lady Vol defensive specialist Claudia Coco today while coach Rob Patrick talks about how the new players this year are going to give the team more options on the court than they had last year.
  • Coach Patrick was on local radio station WNML this morning to promote the Lady Vol Classic. Topics discussed included: finally playing at home, reasons behind the schedule, how hard the team has worked since January, the competitive practices, the weekend’s opponents, and how this year’s incoming class is similar to 2002, with inexperienced but talented athletic players who will improve and build to bigger and better things as their careers progress. The audio of the broadcast will be online this morning at the show’s website under the 9:00-9:15 segment. (Audio is usually deleted after a day.)
  • Tennessee has several promotions for this weekend. Tonight all tickets are just $1 and hotdogs and small drinks will be just $1 through the intermission. On Saturday donate two school supplies at either match and you’ll receive free admission. And on Saturday night the first 100 people to donate school supplies will get a free hotdog.
  • Coach Patrick usually does a “chalk talk” for fans 45 minutes before most home games. However, other than a mention on UT’s volleyball tickets page, I haven’t heard if that’s going to continue this season or not.
  • Tennessee doesn’t have “season tickets” for volleyball, but if you head to the ticket office (right below the volleyball parking area at Thompson Boling Arena) during business hours you can pre-buy a ticket to every home match for just $29.
  • Match notes, a video preview, a live blog, and more are online at the official site.
  • UPDATE: UT has posted a story titled A Welcome Homecoming For Tennessee that focuses on the transition the newcomers to Rocky Top have faced, moving from high school and club to college — and having to contribute so early in their careers.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Match Notes: Lady Vol Classic

Tennessee finally gets to play to the home crowd, taking on Austin Peay, Memphis, Mercer, and Montana State at the annual Lady Vol Classic.

  • The Lady Vols are 29-7 in home openers since 1978. Under coach Rob Patrick the team is 14-3 and have won 11 of their last 12. In their opening week at home UT is 76-22 since 1978, and 40-12 under Patrick.
  • Coach Patrick is 38-10 in Lady Vol Classic matches.
  • UT is meeting two of their opponents this week for the first time in program history. They’ve already faced five such opponents this year.
  • Tennessee is 3-0-1 vs Austin Peay, winning the 2013 meeting in three. Last year the Lady Govs went 13-22, and were fourth in the OVC with a 9-7 record. This year the team is 3-9 with wins over Binghamton, Bryant, and Evansville.
  • Tennessee is 22-7 vs Memphis. UT is 8-2 in the last ten matches, but the teams haven’t met since 2000. Last year the Tigers went 15-17, and were seventh in the American with a 7-11 record. This year the team is 6-4 with wins over Saint Louis, UT Martin, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, South Alabama, and Mississippi State.
  • Tennessee is meeting Mercer for the first time. Last year the Bears went 1-27, and were last in the Atlantic Sun with a 0-18 record. This year the team is 3-6 with wins over Kent State, College of Charleston, and Alabama A&M.
  • Tennessee is meeting Montana State for the first time. Last year the Bobcats went 6-25, and were ninth in the Big Sky with a 4-16 record. This year the team is 3-6 with wins over New Mexico State, Canisius College, and Bethune-Cookman.
  • Since 2001, UT is 8-1 vs the OVC, 1-0 vs the American (22-3 including matches vs its predecessor), and 10-1 vs the SoCon. Tennessee is playing a Big Sky team for the first time since 1996.
  • The Lady Vols started the season way back on August 29th, and have spent the last three weekends on the road. There are 20 days between that first match of the season and the first home match of the year. That’s the second longest amount of time Tennessee fans have had to wait to see the team play in Knoxville.

    LONGEST WAIT FOR FIRST HOME MATCH
    1981 9/15 – 10/13 (21 days) 7-7
    2001 8/31 – 9/21 (21 days) 4-3
    1996 8/31 – 9/20 (20 days) 6-5
    1997 8/30 – 9/19 (20 days) 3-8
    2014 8/29 – 9/18 (20 days) 5-5
    The 1981 stretch included a home exhibition match vs a Brazilian team.
    The 2001 stretch originally included a home tournament
    that was cancelled after the terrorist attacks.

  • UT is facing the last two of the three fellow Tennessee teams it will play season. The Lady Vols have played another state school every year since 1973 except 2006, 2011, and 2012.
  • The Lady Vols are 135-27-4 (.825) vs other Tennessee schools. Coach Rob Patrick is 24-2 (.923).
  • UT has only lost two matches to in-state rivals since 1991: Tennessee Tech in 1997 and ETSU last year.
  • In their four previous meetings with UT, Austin Peay has only won a single set: during a 1-1 tie in 1976.
  • Memphis and Tennessee have played 29 matches since 1973, but only one has ever gone to five sets: a Lady Vol win in 1980.
  • A couple of Austin Peay freshmen have local connections. Peyton Walker attended Knoxville’s West High School. And Ashley Slay played high school volleyball at Ensworth School for head coach — and former Lady Vol — Ann Mullins.
  • Austin Peay head coach Taylor Mott played volleyball in the SEC from 1992-1995 with Mississippi.
  • Memphis head coach April Jauregui was the starting outside hitter for the Tigers the last time Tennessee played them in 2000. UT assistant coach Erica Lear also started in that match.
  • Lear served as an assistant coach under Jauregui at Memphis last year.
  • Mercer head coach Damian Elder was an associate head coach at SEC rival South Carolina. And somewhat similarly to UT coach Patrick, he got his start in Division I volleyball at Stanford where he was a volunteer assistant coach during a national championship season.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

2014: Week Three Recap
  • The Lady Vols finished their third weekend of play with wins vs Kennesaw State and Loyola (MD) and a loss to Coastal Caorlina — all in four sets. After ten matches their record is even at five wins, five losses.
  • Tennessee is now 1-0 vs the Owls, 1-0 vs the Greyhounds, and 1-1 vs the Chanticleers all-time. Since 2001, UT is 8-1 vs the A-Sun, 3-0 vs the Patriot League, and 4-1 vs the Big South.
  • Loyola’s ten points in the second set of their match was the fifth lowest opponent set score of the rally scoring era for the Lady Vols.
  • Raina Hembry had three solo blocks vs Loyola. Since 2001, only two Lady Vols have ever notched more in a match.
  • Tennessee’s long ten match road trip is finally over! Luckily this is a fairly rare occurrence — it’s only happened nine times since 1978. Four of those trips started the season.
  • The longest road trip since head coach Rob Patrick took over the program was his very first time on the sidelines. In 1997, the Lady Vols started the season, and Patrick’s UT career, with 11 straight road games: to Chattanooga TN, Bloomington IN, and Lincoln NE.
  • 1980 wasn’t a good year for Knoxvilians to see their home team playing volleyball. At the Olympics, the USA Volleyball squad was a no-show due to the boycott of the Soviet games. And closer to home the Lady Vols only had six matches in Knoxville. A whopping 51 matches were out of town games for UT!


    ROAD TRIPS OF AT LEAST 10 MATCHES
    2014 10 matches
    5-5
    8/29 – 9/13
    16 days to start season
    1997 11 matches
    3-8
    8/30 – 9/13
    15 days to start season
    1996 11 matches
    6-5
    8/31 – 9/14
    15 days to start season
    1982 10 matches
    9-1
    10/22 – 10/30
    9 days during season
    1980 25 matches
    18-7
    10/30 – 11/22
    24 days to end season
    1980 13 matches
    13-0
    10/3 – 10/11
    9 days during season
    1980 13 matches
    3-10
    9/19 – 9/27
    9 days during season
    1979 13 matches
    10-3
    9/28 – 10/6
    9 days to start season
    1978 16 matches
    10-5-1
    10/13 – 10/24
    12 days during season

  • Six players (excluding newcomers) matched or exceeded a personal career high this past weekend: Lexi Dempsey (points vs CCU), Megan Hatcher (digs vs Loyola), Raina Hembry (aces, solo blocks, total blocks in a four set match, and points in a four set match vs Loyola), Jamie Lea (digs vs CCU), Ashley Mariani (hitting percentage vs Loyola), and Bridgette Villano (assists vs Kennesaw State; aces, digs, and points vs Loyola).


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tennessee takes two, loses one at CCU tourney

The Lady Vols evened up their season opening 10 match road trip record to 5-5. In yesterday’s early morning match, UT defeated Kennesaw State 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19). Kendra Turner had 19 kills and hit .366. Jamie Lea was just behind with a double double: 18 kills, 12 digs, and 4 blocks. Kanisha Jimenez earned 7 blocks and 11 digs. Iesha Bryant and Raina Hembry both put of 6 blocks each. Lexi Dempsey got a double double with 44 assists and 13 digs. Bridgette Villano had 12 digs.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / KSU STORY

In the second match, Tennessee beat Loyola 3-1 (25-13, 25-10, 27-29, 25-21). Lea and Turner had 11 and 10 kills respectively. Hembry and Ashley Mariani had 7 each while both hitting over .460. Bryant had 7 blocks — 3 of them solo. Shealyn Kolosky had 5 blocks. Villano had 24 digs and Megan Hatcher 14. Dempsey picked up 35 assists. Jimenez served up 3 aces, while Hembry and Villano got two each.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / LOYOLA STORY

In today’s match, Coastal Carolina got some revenge for UT’s win last season, taking out the Lady Vols 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18). Lea and Mariani hit 14 kills apiece. Mariani hit .423. Lea got another double double with 17 digs. Villano dug up 13 balls. And Dempsey had 41 assists. Lea was named to the All-Tournament team.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / CCU STORY



Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Match Notes: Coastal Carolina Tournament

Tennessee hits the road for the third week in a row, this time for a tournament in Conway SC (just outside Myrtle Beach) where they’ll face Kennesaw State, Loyola, and Coastal Carolina.

  • UT is meeting two of their opponents this week for the first time in program history. They’ve already faced three such opponents this year and will play two more next week.
  • This is the first meeting with Kennesaw State. Last season the Owls went 13-17, and were fifth in the Atlantic Sun with an 8-10 record. This year the team is 4-3 with wins over UNC Asheville, fellow state teams Belmont and Chattanooga, and common opponent Evansville. They’ve lost to Youngstown State, Elon, and Purdue.
  • This is the first meeting with Loyola (MD). Last season the Greyhounds went 8-20, and were sixth in the Patriot League with a 5-11 record. This year the team is 1-6 with a win over Quinnipiac. They’ve lost to Coppin State, NJIT, La Salle, Dartmouth, Saint Francis (PA), and Howard.
  • Tennessee is 1-0 vs Coastal Carolina, winning the 2013 meeting in four. That year the Chanticleers went 19-12, and were second in the Big South with a 10-4 record. This year the team is 4-2 with wins over Eastern Washington, FAU, Jacksonville, and North Florida. Their losses have come to UNC Wilmington and Fairfield.
  • Since 2001, UT is 7-1 vs the A-Sun, 4-0 vs the Big South, and 2-0 vs the Patriot League.
  • The Lady Vols are 1-1 in the rally-scoring era when playing non-conference opponents in the state of South Carolina: a sweep in the last match of 2003 vs Winthrop, and a 3-2 NCAA Tournament loss to Clemson to end the 2008 season.
  • Tennessee will already reach their tenth road game of the season this week. And while teams obviously prefer to play in friendlier confines, the Lady Vols have a great track record for matches outside Knoxville. At home, UT wins over 70% of the time. But on the road, that number only drops to 64%.

    WIN/LOSS PERCENTAGES SINCE 2001
    HOME 128-51 .715
    AWAY 106-67 .613
    NEUTRAL 48-19 .716
    ROAD (A & N) 154-86 .642

  • Iesha Bryant has 31 total blocks in the first seven matches of year. Since 2001, only five other players have gotten off to a better start — Bryant is the only freshman among them.
  • Three NCAA Division I schools feature “Loyola” in their names. UT is 2-1 vs Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, 1-0 vs Loyola in Chicago, and is meeting Loyola in Baltimore for the first time.
  • Two of the opposing head coaches this season previous served as assistants in the SEC. CCU’s Jozsef Forman coached at Mississippi State and Auburn, while KSU’s Keith Schunzel was on staff at Kentucky.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014: Week Two Recap

It was a tough week on the road for the young Lady Vols squad, as they went 0-3 at the Iowa State Invite before picking up a win at Evansville. Here are a few notes about the games.

  • Tennessee is now 0-1 vs Northern Illinois, 1-2 vs Iowa State, 0-1 vs Omaha, and 1-0 vs Evansville. Since 2001, Tennessee is 6-3 vs the MAC, 5-3 vs the Big 12, 2-1 vs the Summit League, and 2-2 vs the MVC.
  • Including last week’s match vs Appalachian State, UT was swept a school record-tying four times in a row for just the third time in program history.
  • Northern Illinois had ten aces vs the Lady Vols. That’s an NIU three set record and the fourth most in any match in NIU history. It was also the most aces by a UT opponent in a three set match in the rally-scoring era (2001-present).
  • Tennessee’s ten points in the second set vs the Huskies was the third lowest number of points scored in a set since 2001.
  • Iowa State had 8 aces vs UT. That’s the fifth most aces by an opponent in a three set match since 2001. Adding in the ten Northern Illinois served up earlier that afternoon, and Tennessee tied its rally-scoring record for most aces against them in back-to-back matches.
  • The Cyclones match was also tough offensively for the Lady Vols. Since 2001, they had: the fewest assists, the second smallest kill total, the second smallest statistical point total, the fifth smallest actual point total, and the seventh lowest hitting percentage in a match.
  • Things didn’t improve much vs Omaha, where they had the ninth smallest kill and points total since 2001.
  • A few days later the team turned things around, grinding out a win vs the Purple Aces of Evansville — despite only putting up the fifth lowest hitting percentage in a victory since 2001.

    LOWEST HITTING PERCENTAGE IN A WIN SINCE 2001
    2013 Morehead State .050
    2009 Lipscomb .089
    2007 Utah .109
    2004 Florida .123
    2014 Evansville .124

  • Since the season started, three players have achieved attacking milestones: Raina Hembry reached 500 career attacks vs Northern Illinois, Ashley Mariani reched 1,000 career attacks vs Cleveland State, and Jamie Lea reached 1,000 career attacks vs Northern Illinois.
  • Three players (excluding newcomers) matched or exceeded a personal career high this past weekend: Lexi Dempsey (kills in a three-set match, hitting percentage), Jamie Lea (digs), and Ashley Mariani (recorded her first career solo block).


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lady Vols trump Aces

Tennessee got back in to the win column with a four-set victory over Evansville this evening (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21). Jamie Lea led the offense with fourteen kills on 39 attacks, while Kendra Turner and Ashley Mariani added in seven more each. Raina Hembrey put back 6 blocks. Lexi Dempsey had 42 assists. Three players had double-digit digs: Kanisha Jimenez with 14, Bridgette Villano with 11, and Claudia Coco with 10. Jimenez also served up four aces, the most by a Lady Vol in two years and the third most in a four set match in the rally scoring era.

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