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Friday, December 15, 2017

Updates coming soon

Sorry for the lack of updates in this major transitional period for the Tennessee volleyball program. In addition to the usual hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’m taking care of some personal issues right now that are keeping me away from the blog. I’m hoping to back and writing again by late next week at the earliest. Again, apologies for disappearing but I should be back very soon! Thanks for your understanding.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rob Patrick leaving Tennessee after 21 seasons

Tennessee has announced that head coach Rob Patrick is leaving the team after 21 years as head coach. Check out the official site for full details. I’ll have more here in the coming week.



Friday, December 1, 2017

2017 season recap

Just a heads up that my end of season recap will be up next week. Haven’t forgotten! Just busy!



Friday, November 24, 2017

UT drops heartbreaker to LSU to end season

The Lady Vols came out strong and got within two points of sweeping, but LSU fought back to take the match in five (19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-9). More soon.

UPDATE: Lots of big numbers. Tessa Grubbs matched career highs with 23 kills and 58 attacks and set a new high with 26 points. Madison Coulter had 12 kills and 17 digs for her third double-double of the season. Breana Jeter had 10 kills and hit .533. Stephanie Buss had 9 kills. Alyssa Andreno had 4 blocks. Callie Williams had career highs with 55 assists, 4 kills, 15 attacks, 3 blocks, and 9.5 points. She earned her 5th double-double of the year. Keyton Kinley had a career-high 22 digs as did Asha Phillips with 13 and Stephanie Spencer with 7.

Tennessee hit .200 or better in a loss for the 8th time this season.

UT outhit their opponent in a loss for the 4th time this year. In the rally scoring era, only the 2006 team can match that.

The team had a season-high 10 service errors.

This was just the second loss for the senior class when leading by two. And it was the first such loss for the team vs an SEC opponent since 2012.

The Vols have lost 24 times in school history when leading 2-0. No other team has done it to Tennessee more than LSU — today’s match was their 4th time. The previous matches were in 1985 (twice!) and 2006.

Tennessee has played 17 matches in school history on the day after Thanksgiving and is 9-8. Three of those losses have come to LSU.



2017 Match Notes: LSU

Tennessee plays their last match of the year at home vs LSU.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 24-37 all-time vs LSU. The Vols are 6-4 in the last ten meetings and 6-4 in the last ten in Knoxville. In their match earlier this year, Tennessee got a big win on the road over the #3 team in the conference, sweeping LSU.The team had their second-best hitting percentage of the year vs a league opponent with .311.

    Today will be the last match for four seniors — Kanisha Jimenez, Kendra Turner, Stephanie Buss, and Mackenzie Cooler. Under head coach Rob Patrick, the Lady Vols are 15-5 on senior day. They’ve played LSU 3 times in those 20 matches and haven’t lost a set.

    The team has played on the day after Thanksgiving 16 times all-time and has a 9-7 record, with two of those losses coming to LSU. Under Patrick, the team is 7-1.

    Since 1978, UT is 22-17 all-time in their last regular season match of the year. Under Patrick, the team is 15-5.

    Erica Treiber is 3 blocks away from entering the UT single-season top 20.

    Coach Patrick is one win away from his 200th regular season conference victory.

    In their last match of the regular season, LSU is playing for a chance at a 20 win campaign.

    Tennessee head coach Patrick and LSU head coach Fran Flory are two of the top three longest-serving conference coaches in SEC volleyball history. Florida’s Mary Wise tops the list at 27 years. Flory is second with 25 years between Kentucky (5 years) and LSU (20 years). Patrick is third with 21 years. The three are also the only coaches to reach 400 wins while in the league.

    Tennessee will finish the season between 9th and 12th in the conference.

    After having the Vols thwart their chances four times in the last ten years, Kentucky can clinch a share of the SEC title for the first time in 29 years with a win vs Georgia tonight.

    Florida can win at least a share of what would be their 23rd league title with a victory tomorrow vs Missouri.

    Kentucky and Florida are the top two teams in the RPI this week. Tennessee is up to #83.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • LSU TIGERS
    19-9, 10-7 SEC
    Friday, November 24, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS
  • aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.88
    322
    13
    11.41
    215
    10
    2.70
    23
    3
    15.47
    131
    5
    12.30
    204
    9
    .215
    120
    8
    .194
    125
    5
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.91
    310
    12
    12.49
    91
    6
    2.50
    37
    4
    15.09
    158
    6
    13.27
    204
    6
    .228
    86
    6
    .187
    95
    2


    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    Four seniors to play last match

    I know I say it every year, but where does the season go! The Lady Vols are down to one match left, vs LSU at home. And for four seniors it will be their last time playing on Rocky Top.

    KANISHA JIMENEZ

    jimenezJimenez, who joined the team in 2014, has appeared in 108 matches of the 122 played during her career. She currently has 666 kills, 206 blocks, 740 digs, and 66 aces.

    Jimenez had 25 points in a 2016 match vs Towson, the highest by any player during her four seasons. Her 5 aces vs Furman earlier this season match the most scored by anyone since 2014.

    You can read more about Jimenez’ background before coming to Tennessee here.

    KENDRA TURNER

    turnerTurner also joined the squad in 2014. She appeared in 92 matches of the 122 played during her career. She currently has 266 kills and 123 blocks.

    Turner had 23 kills in a match vs Missouri during her freshman year, which matches the most kills by any player during her four seasons.

    You can read more about Turner’s background before coming to Tennessee here.

    STEPHANIE BUSS

    bussBuss joined the team in 2015 after playing in all 29 matches for Cal State Fullerton her freshman year. She appeared in 54 of the 90 matches played during her UT career. She currently has 184 kills and 81 blocks.

    Buss hit at least .300 in over 20% of the matches she played in. The SEC named her a member of the conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.

    MACKENZIE COOLER

    coolerCooler joined the team last season. She played in all but 9 of College of Charleston’s 66 matches her underclassman seasons and was named to the All-CAA Rookie Team. She played 11 matches for UT.

    In the over 340 matches played since 2007, only 8 featured a setter getting at least 5 kills — a feat Cooler achieved vs Milwaukee in 2016. The SEC named her a member of the conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.



    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Tennessee falls to Georgia

    The Lady Vols were swept by Georgia this afternoon 26-24, 25-20, 25-18. More tomorrow.

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs led the Vols in kills with 11. Erica Treiber had 6 while hitting .545. Treiber and Alyssa Andreno put down 5 blocks each and Madison Coulter added four more. Callie Williams had 26 assists. Brooke Schumacher had 15 digs.

    For the 20th time in 26 matches this season, Tennessee out-blocked their opponent.



    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Vols defeat Rebels

    201725-schumacher-1Tennessee snapped a four-match skid with a win vs Mississippi in four sets this evening (20-25, 25-15, 25-10, 25-19). More tomorrow.

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs and Erica Treiber led the Vols with 13 and 12 kills and .343 and .423 hitting percentages respectively. Alyssa Andreno had 9 kills and a match-leading 9 blocks. Callie Williams earned a double-double with 12 digs and a career-high 46 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 17 balls, Madison Coulter 16, and Keyton Kinley 12.

    Tennessee held the Rebels to 10 points in the third set — that ties the team’s lowest SEC opponent set score in the rally scoring era.

    Schumacher has 441 digs on the season, moving her into the school all-time top ten in that category.



    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    2017 Match Notes: Mississippi and Georgia

    Tennessee heads home for their final three matches of the regular season, with Mississippi and Georgia on deck this weekend.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 42-10 vs Mississippi all-time. UT is 6-4 in the last ten meetings and 8-2 in the last ten meetings in Knoxville. This is the only match between the schools this season.

    Tennessee is 45-27 all-time vs Georgia. UT is 7-3 in the last ten meetings and 9-1 in the last ten meetings in Knoxville. In their match earlier this season the Vols won 15-5 in the fifth set, led by a huge match off the bench from Stephanie Buss — she had 15 kills this season coming into that match, then put down 16 vs the Bulldogs.

    UT needs to win their last three matches to ensure a regular season winning record. Two of the top five teams in the conference are part of that schedule — and the Vols have already defeated them both earlier this year.

    In the past ten seasons, Tennessee and Mississippi have only gone to five sets twice, both UT wins in 2011 (the year the team won the SEC with a 19-1 record).

    Of the 31 matches played between Tennessee and Georgia during the rally scoring era, only 2 were decided in four sets.

    The Bulldogs have earned 11 weekly SEC awards this season, topping their previous school record of 4. The Rebels have picked up 1 conference award this year. So far, the Vols have won none. If that holds it would be just the second season the team was locked out since 1998.

    Brooke Schumacher is 1 dig away from reaching the school single-season top ten digs list. She’s 87 digs shy of the career top ten digs list.

  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • The Lady Vols are ranked #88 in the latest RPI.

    Apologies for missing this, but Tennessee is receiving votes in the latest PrepVolleyball College Top 50 rankings — and has been for the previous three weeks as well.

    VFL Films has a video interview with freshman Callie Williams discussing her family’s volleyball heritage.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • MISSISSIPPI REBELS
    16-12, 7-8 SEC
    Friday, November 17, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
    GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    18-9, 8-6 SEC
    Sunday, November 19, 1:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // ESPNU // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS
  • aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.03
    272
    11
    12.38
    103
    7
    2.08
    154
    9
    16.09
    83
    2
    13.33
    93
    7
    .211
    139
    9
    .186
    96
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.87
    324
    13
    11.42
    210
    10
    2.67
    22
    3
    15.41
    130
    5
    12.33
    202
    9
    .217
    118
    8
    .197
    134
    5
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.64
    18
    1
    12.94
    46
    4
    1.83
    234
    11
    13.65
    265
    9
    13.74
    48
    3
    .249
    47
    3
    .203
    167
    9


    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UT announces five 2018 recruits

    Tennessee officially welcomed five 2018 recruits to Rocky Top last week. They are: Emma Schriner, a 6-3 OH from Jamestown High School in Williamsburg VA; Lily Felts, a 5-11 OH from Berean Christian School here in Knoxville; Rocky Perinar, a 6-0 OH from Minooka Community High School in Channahon IL; Danielle Mahaffey, a 6-0 OH/RS from Northwest High School in Cincinnati OH; and Emma Binn, 5-9 L/DS from TC Roberson High School in Asheville NC.

    Head coach Rob Patrick said, “This class presents one of the most physically gifted groups of young ladies we have brought in at one time. We are extremely excited about the high level of success they have had in their club and high school careers… We have really addressed some of our needs…”

    Full details and notes from the coach are up at the official site.



    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Bama takes match in five

    201724-buss-1Tennessee dropped another tough five-set match, losing to the Tide today in Tuscaloosa (21-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11). More tomorrow.

    UPDATE: Madison Coulter led UT with 13 kills. Stephanie Buss had 12 and Alyssa Andreno had 10. Combined the three only had 4 attack errors: Andreno hit .450, Coulter .407, and Buss .393. Erica Treiber put down 6 blocks, Coulter had 5, Andreno 4, and Tessa Grubbs 3. Treiber added 3 aces for the team as well. Brooke Schumacher dug up 15 balls. Sedona Hansen put up 28 assists, and Callie Williams had 24.

    The Lady Vols hit .270 in the match. That’s their 2nd highest average in a loss this season, and their 7th highest of the year in total win or lose. It also stands as the 8th best percentage in a loss at UT in the rally scoring era.

    Alabama’s 70 kills were the most by a UT opponent this year.

    Schumacher is 1 dig away from reaching the school single-season top ten digs list.



    Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Auburn defeats Vols

    Tennessee fell in four sets at Auburn this evening (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20). More tomorrow.

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs led the team with 10 kills, with Madison Coulter and Breana Jeter just behind with 9 each. Erica Treiber had 8 blocks, Stephanie Spencer had 4, and Alysa Andreno, Grubbs, and Jeter had 3 apiece. Both setters picked up double-doubles: Sedona Hansen with 25 assists and 16 digs, and Callie Williams with 15 assists and 11 digs. Brooke Schumacher had 26 digs. Coulter added 16 more.

    Schumacher became just the 15th member of the Tennessee 1,000 career digs club. She also had over 25 digs for the fifth time this season. She’s just the third Lady Vol to accomplish that feat, along with Chloe Goldman and Ellen Mullins.

    The team had 25 block assists, which ranks in the top 50 in the rally scoring era — but only 5th best this season!



    2017 Match Notes: at Auburn and at Alabama

    Tennessee makes their final road trip of the regular season with a trip to the state of Alabama to face two conference foes.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • UT is 30-19-1 all-time vs Auburn. Tennessee is 4-6 in the last ten meetings and 6-4 in the last ten in Auburn. The Vols lost the last match vs the Tigers in five. Sedona Hansen had a school top 50 digs performance with 27, while AU’s Jessie Earl set the UT record for opponent digs with 36.

    UT is 35-17 all-time vs Alabama. Tennessee is 5-5 in the last ten meetings and 6-4 in their last ten in Tuscaloosa. The Vols lost the last match vs the Crimson Tide in five. Brooke Schumacher had a school top 50 digs performance with 31, while the team had the 23rd most digs since 2001.

    Tonight’s match is the first played at Auburn since 2015. The previous three meetings were all in Knoxville.

    The Vols are playing a rare Thursday night match. In the rally scoring era, Tennessee has only played on this day of the week 7 times. Four of those matches were early season tournaments in September. The other three were NCAA Tournament matches. Their last Thursday match was in 2015. The team is 4-3 on Thursdays since 2001. This is the first SEC match in that time UT has played on Thursday.

    Both meetings between these teams in 2017 went to five. However, five-set matches vs AU and UA are relatively rare. Since 2001, only three games vs Alabama were decided 3-2. Only four games with Auburn have gone to five in that time.

    Brooke Schumacher is 11 digs shy of becoming the 15th member of UT’s 1,000 digs club.

    Rob Patrick is 2 wins away from his 200th career SEC regular-season victory.

    UT dropped to #67 in the latest RPI.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • AUBURN TIGERS
    13-8, 6-6 SEC
    Thursday, November 9, 8:00pm ET
    Auburn AL // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
    ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
    16-11, 4-9 SEC
    Sunday, November 12, 2:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS
  • aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.31
    124
    3
    12.70
    64
    5
    1.46
    307
    13
    15.63
    111
    4
    13.56
    67
    5
    .210
    138
    9
    .195
    124
    4
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.86
    327
    13
    11.43
    203
    10
    2.68
    23
    3
    15.30
    135
    5
    12.37
    195
    9
    .218
    121
    8
    .191
    114
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.23
    149
    5
    11.19
    236
    12
    2.37
    56
    6
    15.72
    105
    3
    12.06
    228
    12
    .184
    225
    11
    .198
    142
    7


    Sunday, November 5, 2017

    Gators top Vols

    Tennessee plays another top team tough but not enough to get the win as they lose to #4 Florida in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-20). More soon.

    UPDATE: Sorry for the delay!

    Erica Treiber moved into the UT top ten for career blocks with her 3 in this match.

    Tennessee was held to their lowest hitting percentage of the season.

    The Vols held Florida to a .230 hitting percentage. The Gators have been held to under .260 only five times this year. Three of those teams are currently in the top ten. The other two are both Tennessee.



    Friday, November 3, 2017

    Vols fall to SC in four

    Tennessee dropped a four set match to South Carolina this evening 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21. More later.

    UPDATE: Erica Treiber had 11 kills and hit .375. Tessa Grubbs had 10 kills and hit .385. Madison Coulter had 9 kills while hitting .444. Sedona Hansen earned career double-double #30 with 23 assists and 13 digs. Callie Williams put up 17 assists. Brooke Schumacher had 20 digs, a number she’s reached 8 times in her career. Coulter added in 10 more digs.

    South Carolina’s 69 kills matches the most by a UT opponent this season — Auburn had 69 as well, but had to go to five sets to get there.

    Tennessee hit .248, the 6th time they hit .200 or better in a loss this season.

    The Vols were held to 3.5 team blocks, the second lowest of the year.