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Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 Match Notes: vs South Carolina and at Georgia

I’m back to my regular schedule just in time for Tennessee’s first home match in two-and-a-half weeks! They’ll take on South Carolina Wednesday, then travel to Georgia on Sunday. Before we get to that though, here’s a look back at this past weekend’s games.

  • WEEKEND RECAP
  • With their last victory, Tennessee has clinched a winning record this season!

    Erica Treiber’s 6 aces vs Texas A&M were the most by any Lady Vol since Kylie Marshall’s 9 vs Appalachian State in 2007. (Fun fact: that 2007 match was the first one I attended after starting this website!)

    Treiber now has 30 aces on the season. She is one of only seven Lady Vols in the rally-scoring era to reach that milestone, and one of only two to do so after 2004.

    Tennessee had season highs in digs and attacks in the four-set win over LSU.

    They also had their lowest hitting percentage of the season in a winning effort in that match as well, with a .178.

    Tessa Grubbs had 39 kills over her two matches this past weekend.

    Sedona Hansen added two more double-doubles to her stat sheet, bringing her to a career total of 43.

    Madison Coulter has had 3 20+ dig performances over the last month. She’s averaging over 18 digs per match in that time.

    Only two players have been on the court for every set this season so far: Trieber and Addisyn Rowe. Hansen is just one set short of that mark.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 37-31 all-time vs South Carolina. UT is 4-6 in their last ten meetings, and 7-3 in their last ten in Knoxville. The Gamecocks have a four-match winning streak.

    Tennessee is 46-28 all-time vs Georgia. UT is 6-4 in both their last ten meetings and their last ten in Athens.

    We’re halfway through the SEC season and the South Carolina match in an important game for both teams as they battle for position in the standings. Tennessee is 4th in the conference with a 7-2 record (16-5 overall). The Gamecocks are right behind in 5th place with a 6-3 record (15-4 overall).

    Of the 20 matches Georgia has played so far this season, 9 have gone to five sets — including 6 of their 9 SEC matches. They’ve gone 3-6 in those games (2-4 in conference).

    Tennessee’s Eve Rackham is one of four new head coaches in the SEC this year. UT has already met two of those other squads this season: Mississippi State led by Julie Darty and Texas A&M led by Bird Kuhn. Rackham’s Lady Vols won both matches. This week they’ll face the last new league coach, Tom Mendoza at South Carolina.

    SC assistant coach Shonda Cole played for the Gamecocks as well, and saw action in all eight appearances against Tennessee during her career. Her team lost the first seven but in her final match vs the Lady Vols she led the team to victory. Her 29 kills in that match stand as the 7th most by a UT opposing player in the rally scoring era.

    Wednesday’s match will air on ESPNU. Tennessee is 2-2 in televised matches this season, with all of them ending in a score of 3-1 for the winning team. The Lady Vols have faced South Carolina 6 times on TV since 2001 — but have only won once, back in 2008.

  • NEWS AND LINKS
  • Tennessee is receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll, coming in at an unofficial #28. UT is #24 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 64 ranking. They’re #28 in the RichKern.com Poll. The Lady Vols are also #28 in the Pablo Ranking. They’re receiving votes in the VolleyTalk Poll at #27. And in the Massey Rating they are #23.

    Congratulations to local high schools Webb and Catholic! Webb won their sixth straight state volleyball championship last week, while Catholic was the runner-up in their division.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
    15-4, 6-3 SEC
    Wednesday, October 24, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // TV: ESPNU // Online Stream // Live Stats
    GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    12-8, 3-6 SEC
    Sunday, October 28, 2:00pm ET
    Athens GA // Online Stream // 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
    1.74
    10
    1
    11.35
    222
    12
    1.97
    177
    9
    12.55
    313
    13
    12.68
    151
    10
    .246
    50
    4
    .198
    160
    7
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.96
    309
    13
    12.57
    68
    4
    2.22
    103
    5
    14.95
    164
    3
    13.74
    38
    2
    .238
    67
    5
    .180
    77
    4
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.63
    22
    2
    12.70
    58
    2
    1.65
    281
    13
    14.60
    197
    6
    13.45
    66
    4
    .227
    87
    7
    .212
    223
    10


    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Unplanned AWOL over!

    Sorry for disappearing on you guys this week! Tennessee’s eight day break fortunately coincided with the deadline for a big project I needed to work on. Another website I work at celebrated its 15th anniversary yesterday and the rest of the staff and I have spent the past week getting articles and graphics ready for the big day! Now that that is done I can more evenly split my time between sites again. I’ll spend tomorrow watching football and getting things caught up around here! Apologies again, and thanks for understanding!



    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Tennessee falls at Kentucky

    UT dropped a four-setter to the 16th ranked Kentucky Wildcats this evening. More tomorrow.



    Match Notes 2018: at Kentucky

    The Lady Vols head to Lexington for a mid-week match vs #26 Kentucky, before taking an eight day break from competition.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 30-49 all-time vs Kentucky. UT is 1-9 in their last ten meetings, and 3-7 in their last ten on the road.

    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 Wednesday’s match will be 80th since their first meeting in 1973. The teams have played each other every year since at least 1978.

    Prior to this season, Tennessee had won 2 of their last 20 matches vs ranked opponents. In 2018, the team has matched that total, winning 2 out of 4 matches vs ranked opponents.

    The Lady Vols are 3-6 since 2001 in televised matches vs Kentucky. Two of those three wins came when the Wildcats were the higher ranked team.

  • NEWS AND LINKS
  • Freshman of the Week: After someone pointed out on VolleyTalk that every team in the top ten of the SEC standings had earned multiple player of the week honors with the exception of Tennessee with none, the conference took note and began to rectify the situation… or maybe Lily Felts earned the Freshman of the Week award on her own! Felts’ award is just the 5th league honor by a Lady Vol in the last 5 years.

    UT in the polls: Tennessee is receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll, coming in at an unofficial #27. UT is #25 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 64 ranking. They’re #30 in the RichKern.com Poll. The Lady Vols are also #30 in the Pablo Ranking. They’re receiving votes in the VolleyTalk Poll, just outside of the rankings at #26.

    Local recruiting: The local newspaper has a great piece about elite local talent at K2 Volleyball Club and Tennessee’s attempt to keep them local for college.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • #16 KENTUCKY WILDCATS
    10-4, 4-0 SEC
    Wednesday, October 10 8:00pm ET
    Lexington KY // TV: SEC Network // Online Stream // 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
    1.37
    125
    5
    12.50
    71
    4
    2.01
    164
    9
    13.26
    281
    11
    13.74
    38
    2
    .292
    9
    1
    .210
    222
    12
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.97
    303
    13
    12.78
    49
    2
    2.30
    79
    5
    14.72
    175
    4
    13.97
    26
    1
    .250
    39
    4
    .172
    52
    3


    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Tennessee sweeps MSU

    The Lady Vols earned a sweep of SEC foe Mississippi State this afternoon (25-22, 25-23, 25-19). More tonight.

    UPDATE: Lily Felts was the only player on either side of the court to get double digit kills, with 11. Addisyn Rowe and Rocky Perinar had 9 each while Erica Treiber had 8. Treiber had a team leading 5 blocks as well. Callie Williams put up 21 assists and Sedona Hansen added 13 more. Madison Coulter had 10 digs.

    The Lady Vols picked up their first sweep of league play this season.

    For just the 25th time in the rally-scoring era, Tennessee won a match while hitting under .200.

    UT STORY // MSU STORY



    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Tennessee rolls Tide

    UT defeated Alabama this evening in four sets (25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20). More later.

    UPDATE: In the first collegiate meeting between the Perinar sisters, they came out fairly even. Alabama’s Ginger Perinar had 16 kills, hit .164, put up 3 blocks, dug up 3 balls, and scored 18 points. Tennessee’s Rocky Perinar had 14 kills, hit .111, put up 5 blocks, dug up 5 balls, and scored 17 points.

    Erica Treiber and Lily Felts led the Lady Vols with 16 kills. Alyssa Andreno added 9 more. Treiber had 6 blocks, Rowe had 5, and Andreno 4. Madison Coulter had an impressive night, picking up 24 digs. Giana Pellizzon had 13 and Felts 12. Sedona Hansen put up 41 assists and Callie Williams had 10.

    At 4-1, Tennessee has their best conference start since 2011. And the team has won three SEC matches in a row for the first time since 2012.

    UT STORY // UA STORY



    2018 Match Notes: vs Alabama

    Apologies for disappearing on you for a few days! I’ve been a little ill — actually left the Arkansas match early, which I don’t think I’ver ever done! But feeling 90% better today and looking forward to some volleyball tonight!

    Normally I would do notes for the Wednesday and Sunday matches at the same time, but I am crazy busy today catching up with things missed while I was sick, so these notes will be slightly abbreviated and only cover tonight’s match.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • UT is 35-18 all-time vs Alabama. The Lady Vols are 4-6 in their last 10 meetings, but 6-4 in their last 10 at home. The Tide have a 2 match winning streak — in both matches they trailed 2-1 before coming back to win in 5.

    Despite the last two meetings going long, five-set matches are rare in this series — before last season only 5 such matches in 51 meetings. Including last year, 4 five-set matches have taken place between the teams in the rally-scoring era, all won by Alabama.

    UT has had some issues in five-set matches the past couple of years, but hopefully things are turning around. This past week the team won their last 2 five-set match attempts since 2015, and their first two five-set matches in a row since 2012.

    Tennessee freshman Raquel Perinar may get a chance to play against her sister tonight. Ginger Perinar is a junior outside hitter for Alabama, who ranks 9th in the league in kills per set. If I’m not mistaken the last time a Lady Vol faced off against her sister was on was November 23, 2012, when Tennessee’s Tiffany Baker played against Mississippi State and Chanelle Baker.

    The Lady Vols are 2-3 in televised matches vs Alabama since 2001.

  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • Lady Vol junior setter Sedona Hansen has a huge spread on the front page of the local Knoxville newspaper’s sports section today. In the piece Hansen, her mother, and coach Eve Rackham, discuss Hansen’s recent milestone, her support system, her growth as a setter, and more.

    UT’s Erica Treiber has been named one of thirty players across the nation as a Senior CLASS Award candidate. The award “is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports” and “honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition”. Tennessee has had two previous players earn recognition as a candidate: Nikki Fowler on the inaugural list in 2010, and Kayla Jeter in 2011.

    Tennessee coach Eve Rackham talked with Brain Rice on the Eric Ainge Show this morning in WNML radio. They talked about UT in five-set matches, Treiber’s play, player buy-in, UT’s new handshake ritual, and local recruiting.

    Tennessee is receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll, coming in at an unofficial #33. UT is #27 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 64 ranking. They’ve broken in to the list at #30 in RichKern.com’s top 30 poll. The Lady Vols are #32 in the Pablo Ranking. And they’re receiving votes in the VolleyTalk Poll.

    The first official NCAA RPI ranking is out, and UT comes in at #51.

    According to the UT promotions page, tonight’s match is “Way Back Wednesday: 80’s” night and the “first 100 fans receive free tube socks”!

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
    13-4, 1-3 SEC
    Wednesday, October 3, 8:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // TV: SEC Network // Online Stream // 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
    1.37
    123
    6
    12.33
    87
    5
    2.47
    48
    3
    15.37
    123
    1
    13.07
    102
    8
    .233
    81
    9
    .179
    83
    6
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.97
    301
    13
    12.63
    64
    3
    2.25
    81
    5
    14.42
    202
    5
    13.82
    40
    1
    .255
    38
    3
    .178
    78
    5


    Friday, September 28, 2018

    UT defeats Missouri

    Tennessee got just their third five-set win in their last twelve attempts over three seasons, picking up a W against Missouri (25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-9). More soon.

    UPDATE: Erica Treiber led both teams with 19 kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Lily Felts had the second most kills of her season with 15. Tessa Grubbs, who left the match in the fourth set with an injury according to ESPN’s online streaming commentary, had 11 kills. Addisyn Rowe led UT in blocks with 6, with Alyssa Andreno not far behind with 4. Madison Coulter had 17 digs. Sedona Hansen, Giana Pellizzon, and Felts had 13 each. Felts earned her first career double-double with that effort. Hansen picked up her fourth in a row with 30 assists. Callie Williams put up 21 assists of her own.

    UT’s 70 kills matches their season high, while their 84 points are the most this year.

    Treiber has only had 8 hitting errors over the last 8 matches.

    Along with their victory against the Tigers in their previous meeting last season, Tennessee now has their first ever two match winning streak vs Missouri.

    UT STORY // MU STORY



    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    2018 Match Notes: vs Missouri and Arkansas

    The Lady Vols continue conference play with home matches vs Missouri and Arkansas this weekend.

    Tennessee is 3-8 all-time vs Missouri. UT won the last meeting, but is 2-3 in matches in Knoxville

    Tennessee is 19-20 all-time vs Arkansas. UT is 4-6 in their last ten meetings, but 6-4 in their last ten at home.

  • SEASON MIDPOINT STATS
  • This Saturday marks the half way point of the regular season in terms of matches played — 15 games before Saturday and 15 after. Instead of my usual weekly notes, here’s a (little bit early) look at some individual stats at the midpoint. Keep in mind that “per set” numbers are not official until the end of the player’s season or career. Some of these numbers are very impressive and to drive that point home I’ve included comparisons where applicable.

    Erica Treiber

    • Hitting .405 on the year so far, Treiber could become just the second Lady Vol ever to break .400 in a season. Only (first team All American and only UT player to have her number retired) Beverly Robinson has accomplished the feat so far, back in 1983.
    • Treiber is also just behind Robinson in all-time career hitting percentage with .352, trailing the top spot by only .007.
    • With 62 blocks so far, Treiber could finish the year in the UT all-time season top 20. Her current 1.19 blocks per set would also be a season top 20 number.
    • With 431 career blocks, Treiber is already #6 all-time at UT. At her current pace she might be able to reach 500. She also stands at #3 right now in career blocks per set with 1.17, just behind (All American honorable mention) Sarah Blum and (All American honorable mention) Leah Hinkey.
    • Treiber is 132 kills away from her 1,000th career kill — a number she could reach at her current pace. She would be the first player at Tennessee to reach that milestone since (second team All American and Olympic Bronze medalist) Kelsey Robinson in 2012.
    • She’s 154 attacks away from reaching career 2,000.
    • Only 5 players in the rally-scoring era have put down 30 or more aces in a season at UT. Just over half way there (with 16 aces) with just over half the season to go (with 16 matches) Treiber might be able to reach that goal.

    Tessa Grubbs

    • At 3.37 career kills per set, Grubbs currently ranks at #10 all-time at UT.
    • Grubbs is on track to potentially reach 1,000 attack attempts this season. Only two different players have reached that mark at UT in the 2010s: (second team All American and Olympic Bronze medalist) Kelsey Robinson and Kanisha Jimenez.
    • Her 8.57 attacks per set over her career are good for 11th place all-time at UT so far.
    • With a career hitting percentage of .264, Grubbs is in 18th place all-time on the career list at UT.

    Sedona Hansen

    • While splitting setting duties the past two seasons has lowered Hansen’s numbers, she still stands at #8 all-time at UT with 1,985 assists — 15 away from 2,000. Her career assists per set is 8.10, 10th all-time at UT for the moment.
    • Hansen is climbing the digs chart too, with 712 all-time. That puts her at #27 on the UT career list and 12th on the career digs per set list so far with 2.91.
    • With all those assists and digs, it’s no surprise Hansen is a prolific double-doubler. (Is that a word!?) Counting only double-doubles scored in rally-scoring matches, only 3 Lady Vols have more than her 39: (third team All American) Julie Knytych with 62, (third team All American) Nikki Fowler with 52, and (second team All American and Olympic Bronze medalist) Kelsey Robinson with 49.

    Brooke Schumacher

    • With 1,214 career digs, Schumacher ranks 9th all-time at UT. At her current pace, she might be crack the top 5. She’s 5th all-time at UT with 3.36 digs pet set, currently just below (SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All American honorable mention) Chloe Goldman, (All American honorable mention) Ellen Mullins, (SEC Defensive Player of the Year and third team All American) Amy Morris, and (second team All American and Olympic Bronze medalist) Kelsey Robinson.
    • This season, her 3.37 digs per set are 19th all-time so far.

    Alyssa Andreno

    • With a .271 hitting percentage through her career so far, Andreno ranks 17th all-time at UT right now.
    • Her 0.87 blocks per set in good for 15th on the UT career chart.

    Callie Williams

    • Despite sharing setting duties the past two seasons with Hansen, Williams’ number are climbing steadily. She already ranks 17th all-time at UT with 781 assists. She could become just the 16th Lady Vol to join the 1,000 assists club as early as this season at her current pace. Her 5.14 assists per set is good for 15th place at UT all-time at the moment.
    • Williams is also a more direct offensive threat with her quick setter dumps working very effectively. At her current pace Williams would rank 11th all-time at UT in hitting percentage with .289!

    Madison Coulter currently stands at 20th on the UT season digs per set list with 3.33.

    Addisyn Rowe currently stands at 23rd on the UT season hitting percentage list with .321.

    Eve Rackham

    • Rackham is 10-4 through her first 14 matches. Since 1978 (when complete UT result records become available), that’s the second best start by a new head coach in their first 14 games. Only Bob Berucci’s 11-3 start in 1978 tops it.
    • Tennessee has had 4 new head coaches since the Coaches Poll was instituted in 1982. Until this year, a new UT volleyball coach had never defeated a ranked team — going 0-17, and only winning 3 individual sets. Rackham has won 2 out of 4 half way through her first season.
  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • MISSOURI TIGERS
    12-2, 2-0 SEC
    Friday, September 28, 6:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // Online Stream // Live Stats
    ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
    6-6, 0-2 SEC
    Sunday, September 30, 1:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // Online Stream // 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
    1.45
    95
    6
    12.37
    82
    6
    2.98
    4
    1
    14.22
    211
    7
    13.59
    55
    3
    .261
    29
    3
    .140
    7
    1
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.98
    303
    13
    12.73
    58
    3
    2.36
    63
    4
    14.25
    206
    6
    13.85
    37
    1
    .254
    40
    4
    .166
    47
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.52
    68
    4
    11.91
    141
    8
    2.06
    142
    6
    13.57
    258
    10
    12.86
    129
    9
    .204
    161
    11
    .180
    92
    7


    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Kentucky escapes Tennessee

    #20 Kentucky got a hard fought four set win over a feisty Lady Vols squad in Knoxville this afternoon (25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23).

    Tennessee had three players hit over .300 (with double digit attacks): Erica Treiber at .364 with 9 kills, Rocky Perinar at .346 with 11 kills, and Tessa Grubbs at .316 and 15 kills. (UK had no player match that.) Treiber had 5 blocks, Lily Felts added 4, and Addisyn Rowe contributed 3 more. Callie Williams put up 24 assists. Sedona Hansen had 21 while picking up a double double with 10 digs. Madison Coulter smashed her career high with 25 digs — the 28th most at UT all-time in a four-set match.

    The teams were almost even in every stat: 55-55 in kills (UT – UK), 25-24 in attack errors, .184 to .185 in hitting percentage, 53-49 in assists, 66-68 in digs, and 10 to 11 in blocks. The only stat that was not evenly matched were serving: 2-6 in aces.

    In three of their four losses this season, Tennessee has been up by 6 points in a set only to allow the other team to come back and win it.

    UT STORY // UK STORY



    Friday, September 21, 2018

    Tennessee impresses in SEC win over Auburn

    The Lady Vols picked up a win in their first conference match of the season, defeating Auburn 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-13).

    The team had a season high .404 hitting percentage and 70 kills. Their kill total was the 13th most in the rally-scoring era at UT in a four set match. And their hitting number was the 18th highest in any match during that time.

    Three players reached double digit kills: Tessa Grubbs with 17, Addisyn Rowe with 13, and Alyssa Andreno with 12. Two other players were one kill short of that threshold with 9: Lily Felts and Erica Treiber. (If those two had had one more kill each, Tennessee would have had their first match since 2012 with five players in double digits.)

    Four players hit over .400 (with at least 10 attacks): Rowe with .571, Andreno with .550, Treiber with .421, and Grubbs with .414. Only three matches in the rally-scoring era at UT have had more players hitting that high.

    Treiber and Rocky Perinar led the team with 4 blocks each. Four players had double digit digs: Madison Coulter with 16, Felts with 15, Giana Pellizzon with 13, and Sedona Hansen with 10. Hansen earned her 6th double-double of the year with 27 assists. Callie Williams was just behind with 25.

    For the second time this season UT held an opponent to just 2 team blocks — the 10th lowest number in matches since 2001.

    Tennessee made it to 10 wins in 13 matches this year. That’s the best they’ve done since 2015. The team has only reached that milestone faster 9 times since 1978.

    UT STORY / AU STORY / POST-GAME INTERVIEW WITH RACKHAM



    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    2018 Match Notes: at Auburn and vs Kentucky

    The Lady Vols start conference play with a weekend on the road at Auburn and at home vs #20 Kentucky.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 30-20-1 all-time vs Auburn. UT is 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 5-5 in their last ten at Auburn.

    Tennessee is 30-48 all-time vs Kentucky. UT is 2-8 in their last ten meetings, and 4-6 in their last ten in Knoxville.

    Since 1978, the Lady Vols are 17-16 in their first SEC game of the year. They’ve lost their last 6 conference openers in a row.

    Sophomore Madison Coulter will face her former Maryville High School and K2 teammate Chesney McClellan when the Lady Vols take on Auburn.

    Prior to this season, Tennessee had won 2 of their last 20 matches vs ranked opponents. In 2018, the team has matched that total, winning 2 out of 3 matches vs ranked opponents.

    By the time the team hit the court at Thompson-Boling Arena this Sunday, they will not have played at home in 22 days. This is just the 5th time in program history UT will have had over three weeks between home matches.

    The Lady Vols are 3-5 since 2001 in televised matches vs Kentucky. They are 2-3 when the Wildcats are ranked higher.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll, coming in at an unofficial #39. UT is #41 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 64 ranking. They’re #36 in the RichKern.com Poll. The Lady Vols are #38 in the Pablo Ranking. And they’re receiving votes in the VolleyTalk Poll.

    Volleyball Magazine lists Tennessee as one of their “SEC surprises”.

    Check out the UT promotions page for info on free tickets and autograph offers at the Sunday match.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • AUBURN TIGERS
    2018: 7-3 // 2017: 15-12, 8-10 SEC
    Friday, September 21, 8:00pm ET
    Auburn AL // Online Stream // Live Stats
    #20 KENTUCKY WILDCATS
    2018: 6-4 // 2017: 29-4, 17-1 SEC
    Sunday, September 23, 1:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // TV: SEC Network // Online Stream // 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
    1.25
    188
    9
    12.00
    131
    9
    1.89
    192
    9
    13.92
    231
    7
    12.75
    136
    11
    .234
    85
    9
    .213
    225
    12
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.07
    273
    13
    12.41
    82
    6
    2.40
    53
    4
    13.82
    239
    8
    13.52
    60
    4
    .248
    59
    7
    .165
    44
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.10
    255
    12
    12.43
    80
    5
    1.73
    240
    11
    12.98
    283
    11
    13.55
    58
    3
    .296
    9
    1
    .226
    255
    13


    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Dayton weekend recap

    The Lady Vols improved to 9-3 this weekend with wins over Ohio State and Evansville and a loss to Dayton.

    at Dayton
    Tessa Grubbs had 23 kills. Erica Treiber had 11, while hitting .550 with no errors; she led the team with 4 blocks and also had a career high 4 aces and a career high matching 9 digs. Breana Jeter had 10 kills. She and Addisyn Rowe had 3 blocks each. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs. Callie Williams added 19 assists.

    Since 2001, only 12 opposing players have scored a triple double vs Tennessee. Dayton’s Brooke Westbeld is the second Flyer to join that list, and the first player since 2011 to do so.

    All three matches between these teams in the rally scoring era have gone to five sets.

    vs Ohio State
    Grubbs led UT’s attack with 15 kills. Treiber had 12 again with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage. She matched her career high set the night before with 4 more aces. Rowe had 7 blocks. Madison Coulter had 10 digs. Hansen put up 31 assists.

    In the final set Tennessee ended the match with 9 points in a row, the last 3 of which were aces by Treiber.

    With 8 losses and not a single win over the Buckeyes in program history, UT ended one of their current longest losing streaks.

    The win was the team’s second over a Big Ten opponent this year. Prior to 2018, the team had lost their last 10 in a row against the conference. They hadn’t won twice in a single year since the 2005 Final Four season.

    vs Evansville
    Rocky Perinar had 13 kills, hit .500, and put down 5 blocks. Grubbs had 10 kills. Treiber had 5 blocks and Rowe added 4 more. Hansen had 33 assists and 11 digs for the double-double. With 5 kills, she matched her career high.

    According to the official stats, Tennessee had their first ball handling error of the year during this match — though I’m assuming that has to be wrong!

    Weekend Totals
    Treiber was impressive with just 2 errors over 53 attacks this weekend. With 29 kills, she hit .509. She also notched 9 aces over the three matches.

    Grubbs had 48 kills on 102 attacks with just 12 errors for a .353 hitting percentage.

    Rowe had 14 blocks while also hitting .349.

    Hansen was a single dig shy of picking up a double-double in all three matches this weekend.



    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    UT earns a sweep over Evansville

    Tennessee wraps up the out of conference portion of their schedule with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18) win over Evansville. More tomorrow.



    Tennessee takes down Ohio State

    The Lady Vols bounced back from yesterday’s loss, defeating Ohio State this afternoon 3-1. More tomorrow.