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Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Recap: at LSU, at Texas A&M, vs South Carolina
  • UT is now 21-36 all-time vs LSU.
  • UT is now 6-6 all-time vs Texas A&M.
  • UT is 36-27 all-time vs South Carolina.
  • This was the first Lady Vols loss in Baton Rouge since 2010.
  • Tennessee’s .052 hitting percentage vs LSU was the team’s sixth lowest in a match in the rally scoring era.
  • The Lady Vols had a total of 53 errors vs the Tigers. That’s the second most in a match in the past five years and the 16th most since 2001.
  • All five matches in the Texas A&M series played in College Station have ended in a sweep for one team or the other.
  • For just the 17th time since 2001 (and the third time this year), Tennessee had more statistical points than an opponent in a loss (78 for UT and 73 for SC).
  • UT and the Gamecocks each had 64 kills on the night — both a season high for Tennessee and a season high allowed to an opponent.
  • Three Lady Vols had double doubles vs South Carolina, a feat matched in only 35 other matches since 2001 and bested in only two matches.
  • Tennessee played in just their third five set match of the year on Wednesday night.
  • The 239 people on hand for the SC match were part of the second smallest volleyball crowd in Thompson-Boling Arena history.
  • Six different Tennessee players have notched 19 double doubles this season.
  • Tennessee now has 20 or more losses for just the second time in head coach Rob Patrick’s 18 year career, and for only the sixth time in program history.

CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded)

  • Iesha Bryant: kills in a five-set match (vs SC); block assists in a three-set match, total blocks in a three-set match (vs TAMU)
  • Lexi Dempsey: kills, hitting percentage, points in a five-set match (vs SC)
  • Megan Hatcher: assists, aces, points (vs SC); assists in a three-set match (vs TAMU)
  • Kanisha Jimenez: kills, attacks, digs in a five-set match, points in a five-set match (vs SC); kills in a four-set match, attacks in a four-set match (vs LSU); digs in a three-set match (vs TAMU)
  • Taylor Johnson: kills, attacks, assists in a four-set match, digs in a four-set match, points (vs LSU); attacks in a five-set match, points in a five-set match (vs SC); assists in a three-set match, points in a three-set match (vs TAMU)
  • Ashley Mariani: kills, aces, points in a five-set match (vs SC); digs in a three-set match (vs TAMU)
  • Bridgette Villano: digs in a five-set match (vs SC)


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gamecocks get five set win over UT

Tennessee fought back but fell short in their bid for a win over South Carolina, falling in five (25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 23-25,15-9). More tonight.

UPDATE: Ashley Mariani led both teams with 18 kills. Kanisha Jimenez had 13 kills and Kendra Tuner 12. Raina Hembrey put up six blocks. Lexi Dempsey had 27 assists and Taylor Johnson added 20 more. Megan Hatcher dug up 21 balls and Bridgette Villano had 19. Jimenez, Dempsey, and Mariani all earned double doubles with 13, 12, and 10 digs respectively.

This was just the third five set match of the year for UT. The team hit .209 in the loss. The mid-week match at an earlier time than usual probably contributed to this being the lowest attended match in Knoxville in the past six years with just 239 on hand.

UT STORY & VIDEO / BOX SCORE / SC STORY



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Aggies sweep Tennessee

Tennessee came out tough and finished strong but couldn’t prevent a sweep vs the Aggies in College Station today (25-21, 25-14, 25-23). Kanisha Jimenez and Ashley Mariani had eight kills apiece. Iesha Bryant had six and added in five blocks as well. Jimenez and Jamie Lea had two blocks each. Jimenez also led the match in digs with 12, while Megan Hatcher had ten. Taylor Johnson put up 17 assists and Lexi Dempsey 11 more.

The Lady Vols will be home this Wednesday at 6:00pm — check out the match notes previously posted here.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / TAMU STORY



Saturday, November 15, 2014

UT falls to LSU

The Lady Vols fell to the homestanding LSU Tigers in four on Friday night (25-14, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16). Kenisha Jimenez lad the team with 11 kills and 42 attacks. Jamie Lea had nine. Jimenez and Kendra Turned had two blocks each. Taylor Johnson earned a double double with 29 assists and 10 digs. Megan Hatcher dug up 17 balls.

Tennessee hit a season low .053 on a season high 33 attack errors. The team also matched their season low block total. LSU put down eight solo blocks during the match, one shy of the most vs UT in the rally scoring era.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / LSU STORY



Friday, November 14, 2014

Mid-November 2014 news links

Here are some Lady Vol related links from around the web:

  • “Lexi Dempsey shows Volunteer talent on volleyball court” — The Daily Beacon
  • “Valley products playing volleyball at big-name colleges” — The Desert Sun
  • “USA volleyball: Robinson quickly becomes world champion” — Lincoln Journal Star
  • “After coaching all over the country, Dunbar-Kruzan has found her home” — Indiana Daily Student
  • “One Tennessee: Branding Restructure” — UT Sports

I’ll have more to say about that last item soon.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 Match Notes: at LSU, at Texas A&M, vs South Carolina

Tennessee hits the road for a western swing where they’ll face LSU and Texas A&M, before heading back to Knoxville for a midweek showdown with South Carolina.

  • UT is 21-35 all-time vs LSU. Tennessee is 4-6 in the last ten meetings. The Lady Vols have a two match winning streak playing in Baton Rouge.
  • UT is 6-5 all-time vs Texas A&M. The Aggies have a three match winning streak.
  • UT is 36-26 all-time vs South Carolina. Tennessee is 9-1 in the last ten meetings.
  • All three opponents this week are ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI: Texas A&M at 15th, LSU at 21st, and South Carolina at 89th. LSU is also receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll and stands at an unofficial #34.
  • After starting their SEC season with three losses, the Tigers have roared back to win their last ten in a row — the longest conference winning streak for the team in 22 years.
  • LSU will finally get to host the Lady Vols after playing their last three meetings in Knoxville.
  • LSU has only played six of their 22 matches at home this year, all conference games. They are 4-2 in those matches.
  • Last time this season vs LSU: “The Lady Vols fell to LSU in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-16). 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.”
  • TAMU is 5-2 at home vs the SEC this season.
  • Texas A&M spent seven weeks in the Coaches Poll this season before dropping out two weeks ago after losses to Alabama and LSU.
  • The Aggies have had a tough schedule in 2014. They’ve faced seven opponents ranked 16th or higher. They defeated #6 USC, #13 San Diego, and #16 Kentucky, and lost to #6 Florida State twice, #9 Florida, and #13 Kentucky.
  • Tennessee and A&M have played in College Station on four occasions. Each time the result was a sweep for one team or the other. In fact, every time UT and the Aggies have played outside Knoxville the match has always been a sweep.

    TENNESSEE VS TEXAS A&M OUTSIDE KNOXVILLE
    1983 Tennessee wins Baton Rouge LA 3-0
    1983 Tennessee wins College Station TX 3-0
    1987 Tennessee wins Baton Rouge LA 3-0
    1994 Texas A&M wins College Station TX 3-0
    2012 Tennessee wins College Station TX 3-0
    2013 Texas A&M wins College Station TX 3-0

  • Last time this season vs TAMU: “Tennessee dropped a three set match to #21 ranked Texas A&M (25-14, 25-21, 25-15). 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.”
  • South Carolina is one of only two SEC opponents the Lady Vols defeated in their last meeting: SC (on October 25, 2013) and Mississippi (on October 26, 2014).
  • The Gamecocks have lost seven of their last nine matches, with games vs Auburn and Arkansas this weekend before they take on Tennessee.
  • Each opponent this week has a player who shares a club team with a Lady Vol. LSU’s Katie Lindelow and UT’s Kendra Turner both played club ball at Louisiana Volleyball. Ashley Mariani and Texas A&M’s Katelyn Labhart both played club under former UT assistant coach Mike Minnis at Dallas Summit. And South Carolina’s Abby Feruck and Tennessee’s Claudia Coco both played for A5 in Georgia.

More information:

statistical rankings coming soon…



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Recap: vs Missouri and at Auburn
  • UT is now 2-5 all-time vs Missouri.
  • UT is 29-16-1 all-time vs Auburn.
  • The Lady Vols had their third highest hitting percentage in conference play vs Missouri, and their lowest vs Auburn.
  • As a team vs Missouri, the Lady Vols hit over .200 for the fourth time in a loss.
  • For just the 16th time since 2001 (and the second time this year), Tennessee had more statistical points than an opponent in a loss (67.5 for UT and 67.0 for Mizzou).
  • Kendra Turner’s 23 kills vs MU were the 11th most in a four-set match in the rally-scoring era.
  • Ashley Mariani notched her fourth career double double vs Missouri.
  • Auburn’s three match winning streak over Tennessee is the second longest in series history.
  • Auburn’s 81 statistical points were the most scored by any UT opponent this year.
  • Auburn’s .191 hitting percentage was the second lowest by a winning opponent this season.
  • Auburn was just the second SEC team this year Tennessee has allowed double digit blocks. Auburn is the third league team to allow UT double digit blocks this season.
  • Lexi Dempsey picked up her 21st career double double vs Auburn. With it she now has the seventh most double doubles earned by a Lady Vol in the rally-scoring era. (All six of the players above her on the list have All-America honors on their resumes.)
  • Dempsey is now 127 shy of catching Kelsey Mahoney at #8 on the UT career assists list.
  • Both matches this weekend had exactly the same number of people in attendance: 701.

CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded)

  • Kelsey Bawcombe: kills in a four-set match, attacks in a four-set match, digs in a four-set match (vs MU)
  • Iesha Bryant: solo blocks (vs MU), points in a four-set match (vs AU)
  • Lexi Dempsey: points in a four-set match (vs MU), kills in a four-set match (vs AU)
  • Megan Hatcher: digs in a four-set match (vs MU & AU), assists (vs AU)
  • Raina Hembry: block assists in a four-set match, total blocks in a four-set match (vs AU)
  • Kanisha Jimenez: attacks in a four-set match (vs AU)
  • Ashley Mariani: kills, attacks in a four-set match, block assists, total blocks, points (vs MU)
  • Kendra Turner: kills, attacks, digs in a four-set match, block assists in a four-set match, total blocks in a four-set match, points (vs MU)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Lady Vols fall in tight match to Mizzou

Tennessee put up a tough fight but ultimately fell in four sets to Missouri (20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21). More details tonight.

UPDATE: There were some impressive individual performances tonight. Kendra Turner had 23 kills, the highest total by any Lady Vol this season. And her 52 attacks were the second most this year. Overall she hit .308. Ashley Mariani had career high kills (18), blocks (6), and points (22), and earned her first double double of the year (and fourth of her career). Lexi Dempsey put up 46 of the team’s 48 assists — again the most by any player this season. Iesha Bryant had her second best block total of the year with six — two of which were solo. Raina Hembry contributed three more. Megan Hatcher had 16 digs and Kelsey Bawcombe 11. As a team the Lady Vols hit over .200 for the fourth time in a loss. And for the seventh time in eleven SEC matches, UT’s opponent failed to outblock them.

UT STORY / BOX SCORE / MU STORY



2014 Match Notes: vs Missouri and at Auburn

Tennessee begins a three-match stretch tonight against the SEC’s three Tiger teams: Missouri, Auburn, and LSU next week.

  • UT is 2-4 all-time vs Missouri. This will be only the third match between the teams played in Knoxville. Tennessee is currently 1-1 at home.
  • UT is 29-15-1 all-time vs Auburn. Tennessee is 7-3 in the last ten matches and has only lost two matches in Auburn since 2001.
  • Earlier this season vs Mizzou: The Lady Vols lost in three (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.
  • Tennessee hasn’t won a single set vs either team being faced this weekend since 2012.
  • Auburn is currently on a two match winning streak vs the Lady Vols. This is just the third time the team has had a run of wins against Tennessee and the first time since a six-match streak from 1994-1998.
  • Before sweeping the Lady Vols in their last two meetings, Auburn hadn’t earned a 3-0 victory over Tennessee since 1998.
  • Tennessee’s head coach Rob Patrick met both of this weekend’s opposing head coaches (and one of their assistant coaches) during the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Auburn coach Rick Nold was the then head coach of Jacksonville State, who were in Knoxville making their first ever NCAA appearance. Tennessee won that match 3-0. A week later UT faced then Big 12 power Missouri in the Elite Eight, coached by Susan Kreklow (now MU’s Director of Volleyball Operations) and assisted by her husband Wayne Kreklow (now head coach). Current Missouri assistant coach Lindsay James was a setter on the court in that match. UT won 3-1 and moved on to the Final Four.
  • Auburn’s Tate Pember and Mary Hannah Arrington were members of the same club as Lady Vol Claudia Coco, A5 in Georgia.

More information:

LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS
2005
0-3
AWAY
2005
3-1
NEUTRAL
2012
2-3
AWAY
2012
3-2
HOME
2013
0-3
HOME
2014
0-3
AWAY
2008
3-2
AWAY
2009
3-0
HOME
2009
2-3
AWAY
2010
3-1
AWAY
2010
3-0
HOME
2011
3-0
HOME
2011
3-1
AWAY
2012
3-2
HOME
2013
0-3
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
324th
NCAA
0.78
12th
SEC
278th
NCAA
10.43
11th
SEC
127th
NCAA
2.17
8th
SEC
233rd
NCAA
13.91
12th
SEC
283rd
NCAA
11.12
12th
SEC
227th
NCAA
.182
11th
SEC
251st
NCAA
.222
7th
SEC
223rd
NCAA
1.12
7th
SEC
133rd
NCAA
12.11
8th
SEC
105th
NCAA
2.24
7th
SEC
229th
NCAA
13.96
6th
SEC
126th
NCAA
13.09
6th
SEC
72nd
NCAA
.241
12th
SEC
255th
NCAA
.224
10th
SEC
307th
NCAA
0.90
8th
SEC
137th
NCAA
12.05
12th
SEC
165th
NCAA
2.05
3rd
SEC
150th
NCAA
14.97
8th
SEC
153rd
NCAA
12.77
11th
SEC
219th
NCAA
.185
7th
SEC
152nd
NCAA
.199

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
ACES
PER SET
Kelsey Bawcombe
0.22
Emily Thater
19th SEC
0.24
Courtney Crable
7th SEC
0.29
ASSISTS
PER SET
Lexi Dempsey
10th SEC
8.10
Loxley Keala
12th SEC
5.73
Alexa Filley
7th SEC
106th NCAA
10.14
BLOCKS
PER SET
Iesha Bryant
11th SEC
1.00
Whitney Little
10th SEC
1.01
Breanna Barksdale
18th SEC
0.89
DIGS
PER SET
Bridgette Villano
12th SEC
3.19
Sarah Meister
7th SEC
3.82
Alyssa Ivey
5th SEC
4.01
KILLS
PER SET
Kendra Turner
20th SEC
2.66
Carly Kan
6th SEC
3.45
Courtney Crable
14th SEC
2.83
POINTS
PER SET
Jamie Lea
3.00
Carly Kan
8th SEC
155th NCAA
3.80
Courtney Crable
15th SEC
341st NCAA
3.33
HITTING
PERCENTAGE
Shealyn Kolosky
20th SEC
.295
Whitney Little
3rd SEC
26th NCAA
.392
Stephanie Campbell
.278

highest ranked middle ranked lowest ranked


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 Recap: at Kentucky and vs Florida

Tennessee played back-to-back matches this past week against ranked opponents, falling to both #18 Kentucky and #8 Florida.

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  • Kendra Turner had 12 kills against Kentucky, while Ashley Mariani was just behind with 11. Shealyn Kolosky, Raina Hembry, and Jamie Lea had two blocks each. Lexi Dempsey put up 28 of the team’s 30 assists. Megan Hatcher had ten digs and Bridgette Villano added seven more.
  • Against Florida, Turner again led the Lady Vols with seven kills, and Mariani had five. Hembry and Turner had two blocks each. Dempsey had 19 of the team’s 20 assists. And Kelsey Bawcombe had the team lead in digs with eight. The team had a season low 21 kills, while allowing Florida a season high .444 hitting percentage.
  • With only seven games remaining on the schedule, Tennessee will end the season with a losing schedule for the second year in a row. But despite that, they still have a chance to finish on a positive note. If they can pull off one more win they’ll at least match last season’s record. Two or more wins and they’ll surpass it.
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  • The Lady Vols had no aces vs Mississippi or Kentucky, the first time in the rally-scoring era the team had ace-less back-to-back matches.
  • I don’t have set-level stats in my files, but according to UT’s official game notes (PDF) the team had six consecutive sets without an ace in the Mississippi and Kentucky matches, which was “the longest such stretch since 2011″. UT didn’t get an ace until the second set vs Florida, so that streak ended at seven sets.
  • Tennessee’s 21 kills vs Florida were the second fewest in the rally-scoring era. The UT player with the most kills only had seven — the fourth lowest team high for kills in a match in that time.
  • The Lady Vols’ 26 statistical points against Florida were the fewest since 2001. Their 39 total actual scored points were the second fewest.
  • Florida held Tennessee to nine points in the first set of their game. That was just the third time in the rally-scoring era Tennessee has been held to single digits in a set.
  • UT is 26-48 vs ranked opponents since 2001, and has lost the last eight in a row.
  • Tennessee is now 24-30 in televised matches since 2001, and has lost the last ten in a row.

Apologies if these stats seemed a little more dreary than usual! I think it had more to do with the level of competition this week (two ranked teams in a row for the first time this year) than anything else.



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tennessee drops match to eighth ranked Gators

The Lady Vols lost their second match in a row to a ranked team, falling to #8 Florida in three (25-9, 25-13, 25-17). Recap tomorrow.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wildcats sweep Lady Vols

Tennessee fell to the 18th ranked Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington this evening 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-18). Recap on Monday.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Match Notes: at #18 Kentucky and vs #8 Florida

It’s a big week for Tennessee volleyball, but unfortunately I don’t have time to write about it! We’re hosting a foreign student in our home this week, and she gets here the day of the Kentucky match and leaves the day of the Florida match. I’ll be a at both games but that’s about all the time I can spare until Monday, when I’ll recap the week as usual.

UPDATE: I was able to get some photos from this weekend’s win posted!



2014 Recap: vs Mississippi

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  • Kanisha Jimenez had ten kills and ten digs to earn her fourth career double double. Ashley Mariani put down 11 kills. Shealyn Kolosky had nine kills and hit .667, the second highest of her career. Kelsey Bawcombe also had nine kills. Raina Hembry was one shy of her career best with seven blocks. Lexi Dempsey got 41 of the team’s 43 assists in the match. She also had a career high four blocks. Megan Hatcher picked up 12 digs.
  • Tennessee is now 41-8 all time vs Mississippi.
  • The win snapped an eight match losing streak for the Lady Vols, ending it as the third longest in program history.
  • Tennessee won a match while serving up no aces for just the ninth time in the rally scoring era.
  • UT’s .291 hitting percentage was a season high, and the second highest of the last two years.
  • Mississippi was stopped in their attempt to earn their first ever three match winning streak over Tennessee.
  • Only 13 times in SEC history has a team been held winless in conference play. Sunday’s win ensured the only Lady Vols on that list are the 1995 team.

CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded)

  • Lexi Dempsey: attacks in a three-set match, blocks, and points
  • Raina Hembry: blocks in a three-set match


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tennessee sweeps Rebels!

The Lady Vols earned their first conference win of the season — and their first at home since 2012 — with a sweep over a previously 18-4 Mississippi squad. Recap coming soon!

UT STORY & VIDEOS / BOX SCORE / UM STORY