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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Recap: at Mississippi State and at Georgia

TENNESSEE vs MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Tennessee is 43-10 all-time vs Mississippi State.
  • Mississippi State has only won four matches vs UT during head coach Rob Patrick’s tenure. Three of those matches were in Starkville.
  • In the entire series history, MSU has only two winning streaks of more than a single game over Tennessee: a five-match run from 1994-1996 and the current three-match streak.
  • Mississippi State defeated the Lady Vols with just a .086 hitting percentage, the lowest total by a winning UT opponent in the rally scoring era. The previous low was .107 in a loss to Kentucky in 2006.
  • For the fourth time this year, and the first time since the Mercer game on September 20th, multiple players earned double doubles in a match: Kelsey Bawcombe and Taylor Johnson vs MSU. Jamie Leas was one dig short of getting a double double (and four blocks short of a triple double).
  • The Mississippi State game was just the second five set match for the Lady Vols this season. The last time UT had played that few tie-breaker matches to this point in the season was 2006.
  • Tennessee’s 18 team blocks vs MSU were the 13th most since 2001, and the best total since 2012.
  • Setter Lexi Dempsey moved into ninth place on the UT career assists chart. After the weekend she now has 1,560.

TENNESSEE vs GEORGIA

  • Tennessee is 42-27 all-time vs Georgia.
  • Georgia’s Jasmine Eatmon had a .818 hitting percentage, the second highest by an opposing player with double digit attacks in the rally scoring era.
  • As a team the Bulldogs hit .404, the fifth highest by an opposing team since 2001, and the second highest by an unranked team in that time.
  • No Lady Vols had double digit kills for the ninth time this year. Since 2001, this is just the second season there were more than two matches with no players in double digit kills.
  • Tennessee lost their eight televised match in a row. UT has played UGA ten times on TV since 2001 and is 7-3.
  • UT is currently on an eight match losing streak. That ties as the third longest in school history.

    UT SINGLE SEASON LOSING STREAKS
    1995 11 matches 10/20 – 11/17
    2013 10 matches 10/27 – 11/30
    2014 8 matches 9/26 – 10/19
    1997 8 matches 9/5 – 9/19

  • The 0-8 SEC start is the second worst for Tennessee.
  • The latest loss was career #200 for head coach Rob Patrick.

CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded)

  • Kelsey Bawcombe: kills, attacks, and digs vs MSU
  • Megan Hatcher: digs vs MSU
  • Taylor Johnson: assists and digs vs MSU
  • Jamie Lea: total blocks, block assists, kills in a five-set match, digs in a five-set match, and points in a five-set match vs MSU
  • Ashley Mariani: total blocks and block assists vs MSU
  • Kendra Turner: kills in a three-set match and digs vs UGA; first career solo block, block assists, and total blocks vs MSU
  • Bridgette Villano: digs in a five-set match vs MSU


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Georgia sweeps Tennessee

201422-coco-1The Lady Vols lost to UGA in three this afternoon (25-17, 25-17, 25-21). More tonight.

UPDATE: Kendra Turner had nine kills, while Jamie Lea and Kanisha Jimenez had six each. Six players had a block a piece. Lexi Dempsey had 19 assists and Taylor Johnson seven more. Jimenez had eight digs.

After UT held Mississippi State to the lowest hitting percentage in a loss in the rally scoring era two days ago, this afternoon Georgia notched one of the highest hitting percentages by a UT opponent: .404, the fifth highest since 2001.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / UGA STORY

(I took some photos at this match but most of them turned out really bad. I’ll try to salvage a few and post them later this week.)



Friday, October 17, 2014

MSU cuts UT comeback short

The Lady Vols almost completed a big comeback but fell just short in the fifth set vs Mississippi State this evening (25-18, 29-27, 18-25, 19-25, 15-13). Kelsey Bawcombe had 17 kills and 17 digs to earn her second double double. Jami Lea also had 17 kills and fell just short of the double double with nine digs. Kendra Turner put down ten kills and six blocks. Shealyn Kolosky had seven blocks, while Ashley Mariani added in six, Iesha Bryant five, and Raina Hembry three more. Taylor Johnson got the first double double of her UT career with 34 assists and 14 digs. Lexi Dempsey had 21 assists. Megan Hatcher was back on the court and shattered her career high with 25 digs. Bridgette Villano contributed 14 and Kanisha Jimenez eight more.

Tennessee led the Bulldogs in kills, hitting percentage, assists, and blocks. Their 18 team blocks were the most by UT since 2012. Mississippi State’s .086 hitting percentage was the lowest by a winning UT opponent in the rally scoring era.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / MSU STORY



Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Match Notes: at Mississippi State and at Georgia

The Lady Vols hit the road this weekend hoping to knock off a pair of Bulldog teams at Mississippi State and at Georgia.

  • Tennessee is 43-9 all-time vs Mississippi State. The Lady Vols are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
  • Tennessee is 42-26 all-time vs Georgia. They are 7-3 in the last ten meetings.
  • Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Georgia are three of the bottom four teams in the SEC at this point in the season.
  • This weekend Tennessee is playing the two teams in the conference they have the most wins against.

    UT TOTAL WINS VS SEC
    Mississippi State 43
    Georgia 42
    Mississippi 40
    South Carolina 36
    Alabama 33
    Auburn 29
    Kentucky 29
    LSU 21
    Arkansas 17
    Florida 13
    Texas A&M 6
    Missouri 2

  • Mississippi State has won the last two matches, their first back-to-back wins over UT since 1996.
  • Mississippi State has only won three matches vs UT during head coach Rob Patrick’s tenure. Two of those matches were in Starkville.
  • Tennessee assistant coach Rachel Cooper was a four year starting outside hitter for Mississippi State from 2002-2005. She was twice named the team’s MVP, was the first MSU player named SEC Player of the Week, was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times, and won the school’s Newsom Award which honors scholar-athletes. She still stands 3rd in school history in career kills, 3rd in attack attempts, and 10th in aces. Against Tennessee she had 258 attack attempts during her career, which is the 15th most by a UT opponent in the rally scoring era.
  • Mississippi State’s head coach Jenny Hazelwood is the only current SEC head coach to also have played for an SEC school. She was at State from 1996-1999 and still ranks 8th in the conference record book for career assists.
  • Hazelwood has been part of the only two win streaks for MSU in the UT series. She’s the head coach for the current two-match streak and was a player during part of the team’s five-match run from 1994-1996.
  • Georgia is 6-4 in the last ten meetings in Athens.
  • The UT/UGA match-up is the second longest in school history with 68 matches, and at least one meeting a year every year since 1979.
  • Only two matches between the Lady Vols and Georgia in the rally scoring era have been decided in four sets; sixteen matches were sweeps for one or the other team, while eight matches took five sets.
  • In the 34 meetings since coach Patrick took the helm, Georgia has swept Tennessee only three times.
  • Tennessee is 24-27 in televised matches since 2001. They’ve lost the last seven in a row.
  • Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke comes from a family of sports players, including her brother Rob Fitzgerald who played baseball for Tennessee.
  • In his 18th season at Tennessee, coach Patrick is by far the longest serving coach in school history and the winningest. But with the good milestones come the bad milestones. The team will look to prevent Patrick from reaching career loss #200 this weekend.
  • Tennessee is trying to avoid just the third 0-7 conference start in school history and just the second 0-8 start. The 2013 squad went 0-7 before getting their first SEC win. The 1995 team went 0-14 on the season in league play.
  • Lady Vol freshman defensive specialist Claudia Coco will have a homecoming of sorts this weekend. The Georgia native will face off against an opponent with five players who attended the same volleyball club she did, A5.

More information:

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

TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
ACES
PER SET
ASSISTS
PER SET
BLOCKS
PER SET
DIGS
PER SET
KILLS
PER SET
HIT
PERCENT
OPP HIT
PERCENT
13th
SEC
311th
NCAA
0.87
12th
SEC
272nd
NCAA
10.60
11th
SEC
127th
NCAA
2.17
5th
SEC
213th
NCAA
13.99
12th
SEC
278th
NCAA
11.12
11th
SEC
222nd
NCAA
.182
11th
SEC
235th
NCAA
.218
12th
SEC
299th
NCAA
0.92
13th
SEC
302nd
NCAA
9.91
13th
SEC
238th
NCAA
1.77
1st
SEC
24th
NCAA
16.61
13th
SEC
305th
NCAA
10.51
13th
SEC
287th
NCAA
.141
13th
SEC
284th
NCAA
.232
6th
SEC
213th
NCAA
1.14
10th
SEC
189th
NCAA
11.57
2nd
SEC
32nd
NCAA
2.59
11th
SEC
293rd
NCAA
12.63
8th
SEC
169th
NCAA
12.54
7th
SEC
63rd
NCAA
.246
9th
SEC
177th
NCAA
.205

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
ACES
PER SET
Kelsey Bawcombe
13th SEC
0.27
Payton Harris
20th SEC
0.23
Tirah Le’au
5th SEC
0.32
ASSISTS
PER SET
Lexi Dempsey
10th SEC
8.24
Shelby Anderton
14th SEC
5.03
KayleKehoe
8th SEC
9.19
BLOCKS
PER SET
Iesha Bryant
9th SEC
148th NCAA
1.07
Bali Leffall-Young
0.73
Desiree McCray
3rd SEC
26th NCAA
1.35
DIGS
PER SET
Bridgette Villano
12th SEC
3.38
Payton Harris
1st SEC
1st NCAA
6.84
Gaby Smiley
9th SEC
3.49
KILLS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
18th SEC
2.70
Alex Warren
3.59
Tirah Le’au
15th SEC
83rd NCAA
2.75
POINTS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
3.08
Alex Warren
3.00
Tirah Le’au
15th SEC
347th NCAA
3.35
HITTING
PERCENTAGE
Shealyn Kolosky
.271
Bali Leffall-Young
.307
Jasmine Eatmon
8th SEC
94th NCAA
.346

highest ranked middle ranked lowest ranked


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tigers take Tennessee in three

201420-dempsey-1The Lady Vols fell to LSU in straight sets this afternoon (25-19, 25-19, 25-16). More tonight.

Jamie Lea had eight kills, four blocks, and hit .300. Raina Hembry had six kills and six blocks. Lexi Dempsey and Taylor Johnson had 11 assists each. Bridgette Villano dug up 9 balls.

For the fifth time this season, UT held an opponent to four or less blocks. LSU held Tennessee to the second fewest attack attempts of the rally scoring era.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / LSU STORY



Friday, October 10, 2014

Scrappy Lady Vols fall to #13 Wildcats

201419-johnson-1Tennessee gave a ranked Kentucky squad all they could handle for two sets, but couldn’t prevent the sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-13). More tonight.

UPDATE: Jamie Lea had eight kills and three blocks. Shealyn Kolosky hit .357 with seven kills. Raina Hembrey hit .364 and had four blocks. Lexi Dempsey put up 14 assists while Taylor Johnson added in 11 more. Kanisha Jimenez and Bridgette Villano had 9 digs each.

Kentucky’s Kaz Brown had eight blocks, which is the fourth most allowed by UT in a three-set match since 2001. Six of those blocks came in the third set.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / UK STORY



Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Match Notes: vs Kentucky and LSU
  • Tennessee is 30-44 all-time vs Kentucky — depending on who you ask! The Lady Vols are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings, but have lost three in a row to the Wildcats. UT has won three of the last four home matches vs UK.
  • Tennessee is 21-34 all-time vs LSU. The Lady Vols are 5-5 in the last 10 meetings, with the Tigers taking the last match.
  • Though both teams count it slightly different, the UT/UK match-up is the longest rivalry in program history. Counting matches claimed between each school, they’ve faced each other 74 times. It’s also the longest continuously played match-up with the teams meeting at least once a year every year since 1977.
  • Tennessee faces their second ranked opponent of the year in the #13 Wildcats. Since 2001, the team is 26-45 vs ranked foes. However, they’re 4-2 in that time when the ranked opponent is Kentucky.
  • In their last ten matches combined, Tennessee and Kentucky have identical .202 hitting percentages.
  • Including this match, the last three meetings with LSU will have been played in Knoxville.
  • Tennessee is trying to avoid just the third 0-5 or 0-6 conference start in school history. The 2013 squad went 0-7 before getting their first SEC win. The 1995 team went 0-14 on the season in league play.
  • LSU’s Fran Flory was the Kentucky head coach for 5 years in the 1990s.
  • Besides facing UT as an assistant coach, LSU’s Jill Lytle Wilson also faced off against Tennessee and head coach Rob Patrick as a player there. As a member of the team from 1997-2000 she went 0-4 vs the Lady Vols. As a coach she’s 6-7.
  • LSU assistant coach Sam Ojie is also familiar with Patrick coached Lady Vol teams, having faced them during four of his five coaching jobs: Tulane in 2000, Georgia in 2006, Oklahoma in 2010, and LSU since 2012. His only win vs UT came last year with the Tigers.
  • LSU’s Katie Lindelow and Lady Vol Kendra Turner both played club ball at Louisiana Volleyball.
  • For the seventh year in a row, Tennessee is hosting a Dig for the Cure event to raise money for and awareness of the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support — those doing so will gain free admission to the match.
  • The cause is obviously the most important aspect of this event, but just for fun here are some statistics on the previous Dig for the Cure matches. For the first four years Tennessee always played a team from the state of Alabama. The Lady Vols never lost a set until the fifth year. UT has only lost one match while holding the event. And over the past five years the team and fans have raised almost $10,000.

    UT DIG FOR THE CURE MATCHES
    2008 Auburn W 3-0 $1,000+
    2009 Auburn W 3-0 $1,000+
    2010 Auburn W 3-0 $1,300+
    2011 Alabama W 3-0 $2,650
    2012 Missouri W 3-2 $1,600+
    2013 Arkansas L 1-3 $1,800+

  • Promotions for the UK match: Silent auction with UT volleyball items up for bids; free admission to fans wearing pink; free admission if you show your UTC football ticket; free Dig Pink shirts to first 250 fans.
  • Promotions for the LSU match: Free admission if you show your UTC football ticket stub; free admission, hot dog, and drink for all UT volleyball summer campers; free admission for all kids 12 and under; players will sign autographs after the match.

More information:


LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS
2008
3-2
AWAY
2009
3-1
AWAY
2009
3-2
HOME
2010
3-0
HOME
2010
3-0
AWAY
2011
2-3
AWAY
2011
3-1
HOME
2012
0-3
AWAY
2012
2-3
HOME
2013
0-3
AWAY
2008
3-0
HOME
2009
2-3
AWAY
2009
1-3
HOME
2010
1-3
AWAY
2010
1-3
HOME
2011
3-1
AWAY
2011
3-0
HOME
2012
3-2
AWAY
2012
3-0
HOME
2013
2-3
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
308th
NCAA
0.89
12th
SEC
260th
NCAA
10.60
10th
SEC
110th
NCAA
2.22
6th
SEC
200th
NCAA
14.19
12th
SEC
264th
NCAA
11.30
11th
SEC
222nd
NCAA
.182
11th
SEC
202nd
NCAA
.210
3rd
SEC
122nd
NCAA
1.32
1st
SEC
20th
NCAA
13.20
12th
SEC
133rd
NCAA
2.15
3rd
SEC
108th
NCAA
15.25
1st
SEC
13th
NCAA
14.42
4th
SEC
35th
NCAA
.263
3rd
SEC
100th
NCAA
.186
7th
SEC
246th
NCAA
1.07
8th
SEC
158th
NCAA
11.83
5th
SEC
52nd
NCAA
2.46
9th
SEC
235th
NCAA
13.69
7th
SEC
145th
NCAA
12.83
9th
SEC
144th
NCAA
.212
13th
SEC
290th
NCAA
.240

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
ACES
PER SET
Kelsey Bawcombe
14th SEC
0.27
Lauren O’Conner
6th SEC
143rd NCAA
0.33
Briana Holman
11th SEC
0.29
ASSISTS
PER SET
Lexi Dempsey
9th SEC
8.65
Morgan Bergren
3rd SEC
20th NCAA
11.22
Malorie Pardo
8th SEC
127th NCAA
9.65
BLOCKS
PER SET
Iesha Bryant
9th SEC
148th NCAA
1.12
Sara Schwarzwalder
19th SEC
0.88
Briana Holman
1st SEC
4th NCAA
1.63
DIGS
PER SET
Bridgette Villano
12th SEC
3.42
Jackie Napper
2nd SEC
38th NCAA
4.81
Haley Smith,
4th SEC
144th NCAA
4.11
KILLS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
18th SEC
2.71
Shelby Workman
6th SEC
121st NCAA
3.44
Briana Holman
3rd SEC
83rd NCAA
3.69
POINTS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
3.06
Lauren O’Conner
6th SEC
121st NCAA
3.96
Krystal Rivers
3rd SEC
26th NCAA
4.92
HITTING
PERCENTAGE
Shealyn Kolosky
.271
Sara Schwarzwalder
13th SEC
142nd NCAA
.328
Briana Holman
7th SEC
70th NCAA
.363

highest ranked middle ranked lowest ranked


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014 Recap: vs Texas A&M and Alabama
  • UT is 6-5 all-time vs Texas A&M. This was Tennessee’s fifth loss in a row vs a ranked opponent.
  • UT is 33-14 vs Alabama. Tennessee had not lost a match in Knoxville since 2007.
  • Tennessee had some lower than their norm statistics vs Texas A&M. (All numbers are since the rally-scoring era began in 2001.) The Lady Vols only had two total team blocks, which is their second lowest total. UT only dug up 24 balls, also their second lowest total, and the first time since 2003 the team was under 30 in a match. With just 23 assists, Tennessee had their fifth lowest total. And their 87 attack attempts were the 11th fewest.
  • The Alabama match was the fifth highest attended home match in program history, with 1,780 on hand.

    UT HOME ATTENDANCE RECORDS
    1 2005 Georgia 3,311
    2 2011 Florida 2,012
    3 2011 Alabama 1,999
    4 2011 Maryland 1,938
    5 2014 Alabama 1,780

  • UT’s ten aces vs the Tide are the tenth most served up since 2001. It’s just the second time the team had had double digit aces since 2008.
  • Kelsey Bawcombe accounted for half of those aces, which is the eighth most of the rally scoring era. No one has had more in a single match since 2007, and only two others have had more since 2002.
  • Tennessee’s four set loss vs Alabama prevented them from matching their rally-scoring era record for most losses by sweeps in a row.

Career highs matched or exceeded

  • Kelsey Bawcombe: kills in a three-set match and hitting percentage with 20+ attempts vs TAMU; aces, kills in a four-set match, digs in a four-set match, points in a four set match vs UA.
  • Raina Hembry: hitting percentage with 5-9 attempts vs UA.
  • Kanisha Jimenez: block assists vs UA
  • Taylor Johnson: assists in a four-set match and digs in a four-set match vs UA
  • Kendra Johnson: aces vs UA


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Alabama outlasts Tennessee

Despite several chances to extend the match, the Lady Vols lost a heartbreaker against Alabama in four this afternoon (25-15, 25-20, 20-25, 29-27) . More soon.

UPDATE: Thirteen Lady Vols took to the court in this match. Jamie Lea had 11 kills. Kanisha Jimenez had nine, along with a match high six blocks. Shealyn Kolosky had seven kills and four blocks. Raina Hembry had four blocks as well. Lexi Dempsey out up 25 assists, while Taylor Johnson added in nine more. Bridgette Villano dug up 16 balls, and Kelsey Bawcombe eight more. More stats coming in the weekend recap.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Aggies sweep Tennessee

201417-kolosky-1Tennessee dropped a three set match to #21 ranked Texas A&M this evening (25-14, 25-21, 25-15). Much more soon.

UPDATE: Kelsey Bawcombe led the team with both ten kills and six digs. With just three errors on 22 attempts she hit .318. Shealyn Kolosky had six kills and hit .444. Lexi Dempsey had 12 assists.

As a team the Lady Vols had some lower than usual numbers in assists, attacks, digs, and especially blocks — they had only two total team blocks, which is the second lowest total of the rally scoring era. More on those in the weekend recap.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cedar Bluff is Knoxville area champion

2014-cedarbluffLong time readers know (and hopefully tolerate!) that I occasionally post how my kids’ volleyball teams are doing. Here’s the latest — and, I promise, last until at least next spring.

Congratulations to Cedar Bluff on winning the local middle school championship tonight! The Giants defeated Powell and Bearden to open the tournament before knocking off defending champion Farragut for the title. Congrats to the junior varsity team on winning their division as well.



2014 Match Notes: vs Texas A&M and Alabama

Tennessee is home for the next two weeks, starting with their SEC home opener vs Texas A&M this Friday and a Sunday match vs Alabama.

  • UT is 33-13 all-time vs Alabama. Coach Rob Patrick is 20-8. Tennessee has an 9-1 advantage in the last ten matches, but the Crimson Tide won the last meeting. Tennessee hasn’t lost a match in Knoxville since 2007.
  • UT is 6-4 all-time vs Texas A&M. Coach Patrick is 2-2. The Aggies have a two match winning streak going vs the Lady Vols.
  • Alabama is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll this week for the first time in school history and is an unofficial #30.
  • At #21, TAMU is the first ranked opponent Tennessee will face this season. UT is 2-1 vs ranked Aggie squads. Every meeting has taken place in Knoxville.

    UT VS RANKED TEXAS A&M
    1982 #16 Texas A&M at Tennessee W 3-2
    1985 #19 Texas A&M at Tennessee L 0-3
    2004 #18 Texas A&M at #10 Tennessee W 3-1
    2014 #21 Texas A&M at Tennessee ?

  • Since 2001, UT is 26-44 vs ranked opponents. They’ve lost the last four such matches. Their last win was in 2012 when an unranked Tennessee team defeated #13 Florida in Gainesville. When unranked, UT is 14-29 vs ranked opponents.
  • Ten of the last 13 matches with Alabama have been sweeps for one team or the other: seven for UT and three for UA.
  • In the entire 46 match series with Alabama dating back to 1973, only five match have gone to five sets. The Lady Vols won the first three in 1979, 1990, and 1991. The Tide won the last two in 2005 and 2006.
  • A&M has been a member of three different conferences, and the Lady Vols have played them while they were a member of each. Texas A&M was a member of the Southwest Conference from 1915 to 1996 — Tennessee was 4-2 against them during those years. They played in the Big 12 Conference from 1996 to 2012 — Tennessee met them once, a win during the NCAA Tournament in 2004. In 2012, the Aggies joined the SEC — Tennessee is 1-2 since then.
  • Among her many awards, Aggie coach Laurie Corbelli is an Olympic silver medalist as part of the 1984 USA volleyball team.
  • Tennessee’s sole senior, Shealyn Kolosky, is one away from recording her 200th career block. She would be just the 13th player to reach that milestone in the rally scoring era.
  • Ashley Mariani and Texas A&M’s Katelyn Labhart both played club under former UT assistant coach Mike Minnis at Dallas Summit. Shealyn Kolosky and Alabama’s Natalie Murison both played club for Sports Performance. Sabrina Tavakoli and Alabama’s Brooke Feld both were members of Mizuno Long Beach.
  • Tenneessee players have been featured twice in the university newspaper in the last week: Kelsey “Bawcombe stepping up ‘sooner than expected’ for the Lady Vols” and “Jamie Lea becoming all-around player for the Lady Vols”.
  • Promotions: The first 200 fans to the Texas A&M match will receive free sunglasses. Kids 12 and under will free admission to the Alabama match. Anyone showing their ticket/stub from the Florida football game will receive free admission to either match. After Sunday’s match, the team will hold a free youth volleyball clinic for 8th graders and below (see UT website for signup details).

More information:


LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS
1982
3-2
HOME
1983
3-0
NEUT.
1983
3-0
AWAY
1985
0-3
HOME
1987
3-0
NEUT.
1994
0-3
AWAY
2004
3-1
HOME
2012
3-0
AWAY
2012
2-3
HOME
2013
0-3
AWAY
2008
3-0
AWAY
2009
3-1
AWAY
2009
3-0
HOME
2010
3-0
HOME
2010
3-0
AWAY
2011
3-0
HOME
2011
3-0
AWAY
2012
3-1
AWAY
2012
3-0
HOME
2013
0-3
AWAY

TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
ACES
PER SET
ASSISTS
PER SET
BLOCKS
PER SET
DIGS
PER SET
KILLS
PER SET
HIT
PERCENT
OPP HIT
PERCENT
13th
SEC
318th
NCAA
0.82
11th
SEC
239th
NCAA
10.84
10th
SEC
93rd
NCAA
2.29
5th
SEC
154th
NCAA
14.68
12th
SEC
256th
NCAA
11.46
11th
SEC
209th
NCAA
.185
11th
SEC
.201
12th
SEC
306th
NCAA
0.89
6th
SEC
121st
NCAA
12.13
5th
SEC
43rd
NCAA
2.51
6th
SEC
173rd
NCAA
14.47
6th
SEC
110th
NCAA
13.13
7th
SEC
57th
NCAA
.250
8th
SEC
.192
1st
SEC
10th
NCAA
1.80
4th
SEC
86th
NCAA
12.42
8th
SEC
68th
NCAA
2.39
12th
SEC
291st
NCAA
12.55
2nd
SEC
48th
NCAA
13.68
4th
SEC
27th
NCAA
.272
2nd
SEC
.165

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
ACES
PER SET
Kanisha Jimenez
20th SEC
0.23
Angela Lowak
0.22
Krystal Rivers
2nd SEC
27th NCAA
0.48
ASSISTS
PER SET
Lexi Dempsey
9th SEC
9.09
Stephanie Aiple
5th SEC
42nd NCAA
10.78
Sierra Wilson
1st SEC
13th NCAA
5.68
BLOCKS
PER SET
Iesha Bryant
9th SEC
116th NCAA
1.12
Jazzmin Babers
4th SEC
34th NCAA
1.33
Leah Lawrence
13th SEC
1.03
DIGS
PER SET
Bridgette Villano
10th SEC
3.51
Victoria Arenas
5th SEC
4.02
Natalie Murison
20th SEC
2.62
KILLS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
17th SEC
2.84
Shelby Sullivan
10th SEC
3.25
Krystal Rivers
2nd SEC
19th NCAA
4.38
POINTS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
19th SEC
3.22
Shelby Sullivan
6th SEC
115th NCAA
3.98
Krystal Rivers
1st SEC
9th NCAA
5.28
HITTING
PERCENTAGE
Shealyn Kolosky
.269
Shelby Sullivan
5th SEC
44th NCAA
.386
Bruna Evangelista
7th SEC
55th NCAA
.374

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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 2006.
  • 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