Tennessee fell to Auburn in a a late night televised match 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-21). Erica Treiber led the Vols with seven kills and five blocks. With eight attacks and no errors, she hit an impressive .875 — that’s the third highest by a Vol in the rally scoring with five or more attacks. Kendra Turner had three blocks. Lexi Dempsey had 25 of the team’s 27 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 12 balls and Claudia Coco added seven more digs. Tennessee’s 28 kills and .021 hitting percentage were both season lows.
Congratulations to Texas A&M who won the Southeastern Conference this evening in a five set thriller over Missouri. This is the their first conference title in school history. The Aggies are the fifth different team to win the SEC since 2009. The other recent winners were: Florida (2010, 2012, 2014), LSU (2009), Tennessee (2011), and Missouri (2013).
The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that UT volleyball head coach Rob Patrick was given a two year contract extension, which would keep him with the team through the 2017 season.
In the ten years prior to Patrick’s arrival: Tennessee was 143-168, had only three winning seasons, and had only won at least 19 matches in a year once. In Patrick’s 19th season with the Vols: he holds a 379-220 record (.633), has had only four losing seasons, and in 14 of the other 15 seasons won at least 19 matches.
Congrats to the coach, and good job UT administration on eventually making the obvious decision! ;)
Congratulations to Erica Trieber on being named to the SEC All-Freshman team! Treiber is the first Vol to earn an SEC annual award since 2012.
Besides the All-SEC teams, the other awards announced today went to: Stephanie Aiple (Texas A&M) for Player of the Year, Ashley Dusek (Kentucky) for Libero of the Year, Alyssa Munlyn (Missouri) for Freshman of the Year, Stephanie Campbell (Auburn) for Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Laurie Corbelli (Texas A&M) for Coach of the Year.
- Tonight’s match is free for all fans, and the first 250 people in the door get a free t-shirt. The game is being broadcast on ESPNU, and has a later-than-usual 9pm start time.
- UPDATE: Coach Patrick held a press conference today. He spoke about Treiber’s award, this week’s opponents, how the recent injuries have effects the team, his contract extension, how hard the team practices and plays, how the people taking over for the injured players are doing, and a look towards the future after getting through so much adversity.
AUBURN TIGERS Wednesday, November 25th
9:00pm ET // Knoxville TN
2015 Record: 17-11 (9-7 SEC)
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GEORGIA BULLDOGS Friday, November 27th
7:00pm ET // Knoxville TN
2015 Record: 5-23 (0-16 SEC)
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LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS 20092-3AWAY 20103-1AWAY 20103-0HOME 20113-0HOME 20113-1AWAY 20123-2HOME 20130-3HOME 20130-3AWAY 20141-3AWAY 20151-3AWAY 20093-2AWAY 20102-3AWAY 20103-0HOME 20113-0HOME 20113-1AWAY 20123-2HOME 20130-3AWAY 20131-3HOME 20140-3AWAY 20153-0AWAY
TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS ACES
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS ACES
Kelsey Bawcombe10th SEC0.29 Jesse Earl5th SEC0.32 Cassidy Anderson4th SEC
Lexi Dempsey8th SEC
Alexa Filley7th SEC
Kendall Kazor7.44 BLOCKS
Erica Treiber6th SEC
Stephanie Campbell0.85 Desiree McCray7th SEC
Bridgette Villano2nd SEC
Jesse Earl5th SEC
Cassidy Anderson2.89 KILLS
Kanisha Jimenez2.93 Courtney Crable2.85 Amanda Dachs2.80 POINTS
Kanisha Jimenez3.48 Brenna McIlroy3.23 Amanda Dachs3.21 HITTING
Erica Treiber10th SEC
Stephanie Campbell.284 Desiree McCray.246
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Tennessee ends the SEC season how they began it: with matches vs Auburn and Georgia, but this time here in Knoxville.
- Tennessee is 29-17-1 all-time vs Auburn. The team is 5-5 in their last ten meetings. The Vols have only lost six matches to Auburn in the rally-scoring era, but the Tigers currently hold a four match winning streak in the series. The last time Auburn won four in a row over UT was 1995-1998.
- Tennessee is 43-27 all-time vs Georgia. The team is 6-4 in their last ten meetings.
- UT has only played six matches in program history on Thanksgiving-eve, five of them occurring since 2009. They hold a 4-2 record.
- Day after Thanksgiving matches are more common for UT. They’ve played 15 such games all-time, going 8-7.
- This Friday’s match vs Georgia is senior night. Under head coach Rob Patrick the team is 13-5 when honoring the seniors.
- Vol senior Megan Hatcher is the only player on the roster who was on the team the last time Tennessee beat Auburn.
- This Vol squad has a chance to become just the fourth team in school history* not to lose a single five-set match all season. The 1980 and 1989 teams went 3-0. The 1998 team went 2-0. And, so far, the 2015 team is 3-0. ( * during the era when best-of-five matches became the norm — in all the years prior to 1979, less than ten matches total were played best-of-five, so I’ve not included them here.)
- Both head coaches meeting Tennessee this weekend faced off against the Vols at all of their previous collegiate coaching jobs.
- Auburn head coach Rick Nold is 4-3 with the Tigers, was the head coach at Jacksonville State who were swept by UT in 2005 when they made the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance here in Knoxville, and defeated the Vols in five in 2001 as an assistant at Louisville.
- Georgia head coach Lizzy Stemke is 3-4 with the Bulldogs, was an assistant coach of the #1 Nebraska team that defeated UT in front of the second largest crowd to watch a Tennessee volleyball team play in 2007, and was an assistant coach with North Carolina when the Vols swept her team at a tournament in Los Angeles in 2006.
- Last time vs Auburn: Tennessee lost their conference opener and just their second match of the season (25-16, 30-32, 25-22, 25-19). Bri Holmes had 11 kills and four blocks. Kanisha Jimenez earned a double-double with ten kills and 16 digs. Erica Treiber had nine kills. Raina Hembry knocked back eight blocks and Stephanie Buss had three. Lexi Dempsey put up 36 assists and dug up 12 balls to get her seventh double-double of the season. Bridgette Villano had 28 digs, a career best and the tenth most in a four set match in school history. Auburn won the match despite only hitting .151 — the ninth lowest percentage by a winning UT opponent in the rally-scoring era.
- Last time vs Georgia: Tennessee picked up their first SEC victory of the year (25-15, 25-18, 25-21). Kenisha Jimenez led the match with 11 kills. She also had six digs and seven blocks. Bri Holmes had ten kills, while hitting .429 and knocking down three blocks. Erica Treiber and Kendra Turner had seven kills each. Treiber also put back ten blocks — the first time since 2012 a UT player has reached double digit blocks, and just the third time in the past five seasons. Lexi Dempsey had 31 assists and 14 digs, giving her her 30th career double-double. Bridgette Villano had 11 digs, and the libero got just the third kill of her career.
I’d planned on posting this around the anniversary of the occasion, but that would coincide both with end of the season news and a vacation I have planned starting the day after UT’s last match. So with the team in the middle of a ten day break between games, this seems like a good time to finally post this piece I’ve been working on for months — an interesting story about a big event in Tennessee history that is today all but forgotten.
Tennessee has been an NCAA Tournament host every decade of its existence. Their first time was in 1982, just the second year the tournament was held. They again played host in 1984, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011. While it’s definitely an honor and an impressive achievement, UT has only ever hosted the first rounds, never the more prominent regional or national championship rounds.
The Knoxville News Sentinel, November 30, 1990
However, twenty-five years ago Knoxville did play host to a national post-season tournament, with more teams on hand than in any tournament held in recent years: the 1990 Women’s Invitation Volleyball Championship. Mostly forgotten except in media guide footnotes, the WIVC (later renamed the National Invitational Volleyball Championship or NIVC) began in 1989, and according to the NCAA “was created to provide an additional postseason opportunity for NCAA Division I women’s volleyball programs”. Often called the equivalent of the NIT in basketball, the tournament was in its second year (of what would end up being a seven year run) when it came to Knoxville.
One of the tournament’s founders, then UAB coach Brenda Williams explained how the whole thing started:
“Former coach Geri Polvino of Eastern Kentucky, the late Charlie Daniel, coach of Western Kentucky, and myself sat on the back of a bus at the AVCA Convention and decided we were going to start the NIVC no matter what. We met that January at Western Kentucky and started the ball rolling. Once we got the AVCA on board with us along with some other key people, the NIVC was made possible… Our goal was to give more postseason opportunities to NCAA institutions, and it did just that… We felt we gave teams new life and hope for their programs, and then we saw the NCAA expand their postseason field. It was a great accomplishment for women’s intercollegiate volleyball”.
The WIVC invited 20 teams to Stokely Athletics Center — the best 19 remaining after the NCAA tournament filled their 32 team bracket, and the Lady Vols as the host school.
UT head coach Sandy Lynn
UT’s coach at the time, Sandy Lynn, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that one of the reasons she wanted the school to host was to start expanding the Lady Vol brand: “A lot of people around the country look at Tennessee as a basketball school. We need to build a volleyball reputation… I think this is a real first step”.
The rest of the athletic department agreed… eventually! UT’s associate athletic director Dru Ann Hancock said, “She made her proposal in the middle of Final Four preparations [held in Knoxville in the spring of 1990], when the last thing any of us wanted to think about was another national tournament. But she approached the whole staff and everyone agreed it was time to do something for some of the other sports”.
Women’s athletic director Joan Cronan added, “When we first talked about hosting the WIVC, we thought about what a great opportunity it would be for volleyball and the area”.
Besides the intangible benefits of hosting a national volleyball tournament, coach Lynn also hoped it would eventually have a direct impact on the team itself. Potential recruits would be on hand and hopefully see the UT program at its best. Coaches from around the country would be in town for clinics, and Lynn hoped they would “go home and spread the volleyball word about Tennessee”.
The 20 teams were divided into four pools of five teams each:
The #1 seed was Houston, with an 18-15 record and a third place finish in the Southwest Conference. They shared a pool with Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, Hofstra, and Colorado.
The #2 seed was Cal State Northridge, with a 24-8 record in their first year in Division I. Their pool included UAB, Colorado State, Eastern Kentucky, and Iowa.
Georgia was the #3 seed. They had an overall record of 26-11, and made it to the SEC Tournament finals. Boise State, Arkansas State, Akron, and Northern Iowa were in their pool.
The final seed went to Memphis State, with a 27-7 record and an undefeated 7-0 mark in the Metro conference. Their pool was composed of Loyola Marymount, William & Mary, Arizona State, and Dayton.
A $5 ticket was good for the entire three-day tournament, which began on Thursday, November 29th at 9am with pool play. Each team played two matches on the first day and two matches the next day. The top team in each pool would move on to a four team tournament, while everyone else would be done for the weekend.
All four top seeds advanced on to the semifinals. Houston and CSUN finished pool play undefeated, while Georgia and Memphis State both went 3-1.
Cal State Northridge defeated Georgia 3-0 in the 11am match Saturday morning, taking only 65 minutes to get the 15-10, 15-6, 15-5 win.
At 1pm, Houston and Memphis State took the court, with the Cougars rallying back from a first set loss to win the match in four, 12-15, 16-14, 15-13, 15-4.
That set up the WIVC championship match between Houston and Cal State Northridge at 7:30 that night.
The teams played each other close to start, getting to a 3-3 tie. Houston dominated the rest of the first game from there, scoring the next eight points in a row and 12 of the last 13 to win the set 15-4. Cal State Northridge started to get back on track in the second set, but fell by a score of 15-12. The third game was all CSUN, who at one point led 10-2. Houston hit .049 for the set and lost 15-6. The Cougars rallied back in the fourth and took the set 15-6, giving them the tournament title and the Founder’s Cup by a a score of 3-1.
CSUN accepts the WIVC runner-up trophy
Houston’s Latisha Charles had 25 kills and 22 digs. Karen Bell put down 25 kills, and Ginger Wittofski had 13. CSUN coach Walt Kersaid after the match, “Houston was a tremendous team, and they attacked exceptionally well. They are as good as any team we’ve faced all year. Bell, Charles, and Wittofski were so athletic and explosive that we had trouble making the adjustments to block them.” Houston coach Bill Walton explained mid-match play saying, “They made some adjustments and we came out for game three a little flat. When we switched sides, we were able to get the fire back.”
Some of the players named to the All-Tournament team included: Janet Moylan, Iowa; Barb Willis, Iowa; Kathleen Dixon, Cal State Northridge; Marianne Dixon, Cal State Northridge; Beth Welch, Cal State Northridge; Latisha Charles, Houston; Karen Bell, Houston.
Tennessee finished respectably with a 2-2 record in pool play, losing to Houston and Colorado on day one before rallying to defeat Hofstra and Eastern Michigan on day two. Notably, the Lady Vols were the only team undefeated eventual champion Houston faced who was able to take them all the way to five sets. UT’s Kristy Dobson had 63 attack attempts vs Eastern Michigan, a Stokely Athletics Center record which stood until 2006. She also dug up 27 balls in that game, which still stands as the 40th best effort in school history. The team had 101 digs vs EMU, a Stokely record that didn’t fall until 2007, the team’s last year in that facility.
With 637 fans in attendance for the finals, the match drew more people than all but three games in UT history to that point. Lady Vol AD Cronan summed the experience up: “After 43 matches I think it was a great success, and I hope we’ve helped further the sport here in Tennessee.”
THE 1990 WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS----- POOL A ----- HOUSTON (#1 overall seed) 11/29 - Tennessee W 3-2 (5-15, 15-13, 11-15, 15-5, 15-11) 11/29 - Eastern Michigan W 3-1 (11-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-6) 11/30 - Hofstra W 3-1 (15-9, 15-5, 11-15, 15-9) 11/30 - Colorado W 3-1 (15-10, 15-9, 12-15, 15-5) COLORADO 11/29 - Hofstra W 3-0 (15-11, 15-8, 15-7) 11/29 - Tennessee W 3-0 (15-5, 15-10, 15-5) 11/30 - Eastern Michigan L 1-3 (7-15, 15-13, 11-15, 13-15) 11/30 - Houston L 1-3 (10-15, 9-15, 15-12, 5-15) TENNESSEE 11/29 - Houston L 2-3 (15-5, 13-15, 15-11, 5-15, 11-15) 11/29 - Colorado L 0-3 (5-15, 10-15, 5-15) 11/30 - Hofstra W 3-1 (15-12, 16-14, 9-15, 16-14) 11/30 - Eastern Michigan W 3-1 (6-15, 15-10, 15-11, 15-9) EASTERN MICHIGAN 11/29 - Hofstra W 3-2 (15-9, 7-15, 9-15, 15-12, 15-11) 11/29 - Houston L 1-3 (15-11, 6-15, 10-15, 6-15) 11/30 - Colorado W 3-1 (15-7, 13-15, 15-11, 15-13) 11/30 - Tennessee L 1-3 (15-6, 10-15, 11-15, 9-15) HOFSTRA 11/29 - Eastern Michigan L 2-3 (9-15, 15-7, 15-9, 12-15, 11-15) 11/29 - Colorado L 0-3 (11-15, 8-15, 7-15) 11/30 - Houston L 1-3 (9-15, 5-15, 15-11, 9-15) 11/30 - Tennessee L 1-3 (12-15, 14-16, 15-9, 14-16) ----- POOL B ----- CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (#2 overall seed) 11/29 - UAB W 3-1 (15-7, 15-11, 10-15, 15-9) 11/29 - Colorado State W 3-0 (15-7, 15-4, 15-12) 11/30 - Eastern Kentucky W 3-0 (15-5, 15-8, 15-2) 11/30 - Iowa W 3-1 (6-15, 15-5, 15-12, 15-7) IOWA 11/29 - Eastern Kentucky W 3-0 (15-7, 15-1, 15-8) 11/29 - UAB W 3-0 (15-9, 15-7, 15-6) 11/30 - Colorado State W 3-0 (15-5, 15-7, 15-9) 11/30 - Cal State Northridge L 1-3 (15-6, 5-15, 12-15, 7-15) COLORADO STATE 11/29 - Eastern Kentucky W 3-0 (16-14, 15-12, 15-8) 11/29 - Cal State Northridge L 0-3 (7-15, 4-15, 12-15) 11/30 - Iowa L 0-3 (5-15, 7-15, 9-15) 11/30 - UAB W 3-0 (15-12, 16-14, 15-12) UAB 11/29 - Cal State Northridge L 1-3 (7-15, 11-15, 15-10, 9-15) 11/29 - Iowa L 0-3 (9-15, 7-15, 6-15) 11/30 - Eastern Kentucky W 3-0 (?) 11/30 - Colorado State L 0-3 (12-15, 14-16, 12-15) EASTERN KENTUCKY 11/29 - Iowa L 0-3 (7-15, 1-15, 8-15) 11/29 - Colorado State L 0-3 (14-16, 12-15, 8-15) 11/30 - UAB L 0-3 (?) 11/30 - Cal State Northridge L 0-3 (5-15, 8-15, 2-15) ----- POOL C ----- GEORGIA (#3 overall seed) 11/29 - Boise State W 3-1 (6-15, 15-6, 15-11, 15-6) 11/29 - Arkansas State L 0-3 (5-15, 7-15, 4-15) 11/30 - Akron W 3-0 (15-6 ,15-6, 15- 8) 11/30 - Northern Iowa W 3-1 (7-15, 15-8, 17-15, 15-12) ARKANSAS STATE 11/29 - Akron W 3-0 (15-4, 15-1, 15-2) 11/29 - Georgia W 3-0 (15-5, 15-7, 15-4) 11/30 - Northern Iowa W 3-1 (8-15, 15-7, 15-11, 15-7) 11/30 - Boise State L 0-3 (14-16, 8-15, 14-16) BOISE STATE 11/29 - Georgia L 1-3 (15-6, 6-15, 11-15, 6-15) 11/29 - Northern Iowa W 3-2 (10-15, 7-15, 16-14, 15-10, 15-12) 11/30 - Akron W 3-0 (15-4, 15-11, 15-12) 11/30 - Arkansas State W 3-0 (16-14, 15-8, 16-14) NORTHERN IOWA 11/29 - Akron W 3-0 (15-10*, 15-10, 15-8) 11/29 - Boise State L 2-3 (15-10, 15-7, 14-16, 10-15, 12-15) 11/30 - Arkansas State L 1-3 (15-8, 7-15, 11-15, 7-15) 11/30 - Georgia L 1-3 (15-7, 8-15, 15-17, 12-15) AKRON 11/29 - Northern Iowa L 0-3 (0-15*, 10-15, 8-15) 11/29 - Arkansas State L 0-3 (4-15, 1-15, 2-15) 11/30 - Boise State L 0-3 (4-15, 11-15, 12-15) 11/30 - Georgia L 0-3 (6-15, 6-15, 8-15) ----- POOL D ----- MEMPHIS STATE (#4 overall seed) 11/29 - Loyola Marymount L 0-3 (10-15, 2-15, 16-18) 11/29 - William & Mary W 3-1 (15-4, 15-1, 11-15, 15-10) 11/30 - Arizona State W 3-2 (15-8, 3-15, 16-14, 14-16, 15-7) 11/30 - Dayton W 3-0 (?) LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 11/29 - Dayton W 3-0 (15-8, 15-9, 15-12) 11/29 - Memphis State W 3-0 (15-10, 15-2, 18-16) 11/30 - Arizona State W 3-2 (13-15, 15-12, 11-15, 15-12, 15-10) 11/30 - William & Mary L 2-3 (9-15, 15-9, 11-15, 15-8, 13-15) DAYTON 11/29 - Arizona State L 3-0 (8-15, 4-15, 9-15) 11/29 - Loyola Marymount L 3-0 (8-15, 9-15, 12-15) 11/30 - William & Mary L 3-2 (7-15, 10-15, 16-14, 15-9, 9-15) 11/30 - Memphis State L 3-0 (?) ARIZONA STATE 11/29 - Dayton W 3-0 (15-8, 15-4, 15-9) 11/29 - William & Mary W 3-0 (15-8, 16-14, 15-12) 11/30 - Loyola Marymount L 3-2 (15-12, 12-15, 15-11, 12-15, 10-15) 11/30 - Memphis State L 3-2 (8-15, 15-3, 14-16, 16-14, 7-15) WILLIAM AND MARY 11/29 - Memphis State L 1-3 (4-15, 1-15, 15-11, 10-15) 11/29 - Arizona State L 0-3 (8-15, 14-16, 12-15) 11/30 - Dayton W 3-2 (15-7, 15-10, 14-16, 9-15, 15-9) 11/30 - Loyola Marymount W 3-2 (15-9, 9-15, 15-11, 8-15, 15-13) ----- SEMIFINALS ----- 12/1 - CS Northridge def. Georgia 3-0 (15-10, 15-6, 15-5) 12/1 - Houston def. Memphis State 3-1 (12-15, 16-14, 15-13, 15-4) ----- FINALS ----- 12/1 - Houston def. CS Northridge 3-1 (15-4, 15-12, 6-15, 15-6)
Tennessee announced four new players who will be joining the team for the 2016 season: Alyssa Andreno, Tessa Grubbs, Sedona Hansen, Asha Phillips. Coach Rob Patrick said, “What jumps out about our 2016 class is the dynamic, athletic qualities of the group. They move quickly. They’re powerful. Each one of these players has the ability to come in and compete for playing time as freshmen. They will provide very experienced depth to our team.” Check out the official site for details. After the season, I’ll have more information here about the incoming class. Welcome to all the new Tennessee Vols!
(Sorry for the delay, and missing part two of those notes! Things got hectic and the weekend got away from me.) Once again, Tennessee played tough but couldn’t put enough together to win a set, falling to #15 Florida 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19). Stephanie Buss lead the Vols with 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage. Kanisha Jimenez had 11 kills and Kendra Turner nine. Buss, Erica Treiber, and Raina Hembry had three blocks each. Brooke Schumacher had nine digs. Lexi Dempsey picked up 39 of the team’s 40 assists.
Tennessee hit .286 in the match. That’s the third best hitting percentage by the Vols in a loss in the rally scoring era. In fact, three of the top five UT hitting averages in a loss since 2001 have come in the past few weeks. On November 6th, Tennessee hit .326 in a 3-1 loss to Alabama. On October 7th, UT hit .266 in a four set loss to LSU.
The Vols will have a ten day break before their next match, a late Thanksgiving-eve game with Auburn in Knoxville at 9pm.
- Tennessee is 13-46-1 all-time vs Florida. The team is 4-6 in their last ten matches.The Gators currently hold a four match winning streak in the series. The last time Florida won five in a row over UT was 2007-2009.
- The Vols are a respectable 27-50 (.351) against ranked opponents since 2001, and 15-35 (.300) when they themselves are unranked.
- The first time UT faced a ranked Florida team was 1991 — and the Gators have amazingly been ranked in every Tennessee game since then!
- Florida has already lost four SEC matches. Under head coach Mary Wise they have never lost more than that in a single season.
- The match this weekend will air on SEC Network+, available online or via your mobile device. If you’re in the car or can’t watch a video for some other reason, the Florida call will also be broadcast on ESPN Gainesville radio, which you can listen to via their website or the Tunein app on your phone.
- While the Gators hold an impressive all-time 13-46-1 lead, seven of the the Vols’ wins have come in the past 11 years. Tennessee has won at least one match against Florida in five of the last 11 years. In fact, UT has almost double the wins vs Florida in that time than the next closest SEC team: Tennessee has won seven, Kentucky just earned their fourth this season.
- Last time vs Florida: The Vols hung tough but couldn’t close the tight sets in their 3-0 loss to #17 Florida (25-19, 25-11, 25-23). Kanisha Jimenez had nine kills. Raina Hembry had six, and four blocks. Lexi Dempsey put up 22 of the team’s 23 assists, and put back three blocks. The Vols held Florida to just a single ace, their lowest total in a match to that point in the season.
The Vols lost their fourth match in a row (a season first), falling to South Carolina in three (25-22, 25-21, 25-16). Kendra Turner had 14 kills and two blocks. Kanisha Jimenez had seven kills, along with ten digs and two blocks. Erica Treiber had five blocks. Lexi Dempsey put up 26 assists, ten digs, and two blocks. Brooke Schumacher dug up 15 balls.
The Vols take on South Carolina in Columbia tonight in a nationally televised match.
- UT announced that the volleyball team “maintained its perfect multi-year graduation success rate… The volleyball program has had a 100 GSR score nine consecutive years in the 11 years the score has been measured.”
- Tennessee is 37-27 all-time vs South Carolina. The team is 8-2 in their last ten matches.
- SC is 7-6 at home this season, but Tennessee has a five match winning streak on their court, dating back to 2009.
- The Vols are 1-3 when playing on television this year
- This series is the longest-running in South Carolina history, and the third longest for Tennessee. The teams first met in 1974.
- In both the last two matches vs these teams, South Carolina won the first and third sets while Tennessee won the second and fourth sets. Last season the Gamecocks won the fifth 15-9 while this year the Vols took the final set 15-9.
- Last time vs SC: Tennessee earned a hard fought comeback win against the Gamecocks in five. Erica Treiber led the team in five categories with 16 kills, a .452 hitting percentage, three aces, five blocks, and 21.5 points. Bridgette Villano had 28 digs. Tennessee won the match despite having fewer kills, attacks, assists, blocks, and points.
- The Gamecock’s have an assistant coach who played in every match between Tennessee and her alma mater. Shonda Cole was with South Carolina from 2003-2006. Despite only going 1-7 vs the Vols, her career numbers vs UT are impressive — in rally scoring era matches she stands at #2 in points, #3 in kills, #4 in attacks, and #5 in aces.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS Wednesday, November 11th
6:00pm ET // Columbia SC
2015 Record: 10-16 (3-10 SEC)
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LAST TEN MATCHES VERSUS 20103-1HOME 20103-0AWAY 20113-1AWAY 20113-0HOME 20123-1HOME 20123-0AWAY 20131-3HOME 20133-0AWAY 20142-3HOME 20153-2HOME
TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS ACES
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS ACES
Kelsey Bawcombe0.27 Aubrey Ezell2nd SEC
Lexi Dempsey9th SEC
Aubrey Ezell7th SEC
Erica Treiber6th SEC
Darian Dozier8th SEC1.04 DIGS
Bridgette Villano3rd SEC
Joely Cabrera2.99 KILLS
Kanisha Jimenez2.92 Dessaa Legros8th SEC3.26 POINTS
Kanisha Jimenez3.48 Dessaa Legros3.54 HITTING
Erica Treiber10th SEC
Darian Dozier12th SEC
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An injury riddled Tennessee squad played the #21 Wildcats close for most of the match but fell in three this afternoon (25-20, 25-22, 25-13). Kanisha Jimenez had ten kills while Kendra Turner was just behind with nine. Stephanie Buss had a big game in her first start in an SEC match, with six kills, a .312 hitting percentage, and five blocks. Erica Treiber and Raina Hembry had four blocks each. Lexi Dempsey had 19 assists. Taylor Johnson picked up nine more in the third set. Brooke Schumacher led the team with 11 digs.
Tennessee stayed with the Tide for four sets, but was only able to win one this evening, falling 25-21, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18. Erica Treiber had 15 kills, hit .667, and had seven blocks. Kanisha Jimenez picked up her seventh double double of the seasons with ten kills and and eleven digs. She also had four blocks and three aces. Kendra Turner had eight kills and three blocks. Lexi Dempsey put up 44 assists, surpassing 1,000 digs on the season. Brooke Schumacher had 15 digs.
Tennessee had a season low seven hitting errors and hit .326. That’s the lowest number of errors and the highest hitting percentage in a loss for UT in the rally scoring era. Alabama’s .355 average was the most allowed this year.
Sorry this post is late and abbreviated! I mistakingly thought the team had Friday off this week and these games were Sunday and Wednesday! Since we’ve already played Alabama once this season these notes will focus on the Kentucky match.
- Tennessee is 34-15 all-time vs Alabama. The team is 7-3 in their last ten meetings. The Crimson Tide had a three match winning streak in the series, until UT broke it earlier this year. Eleven of the last 16 matches with Alabama have been sweeps for one team or the other.
- Tennessee is 29-45 all-time vs Kentucky. The team is 4-6 in their last ten meetings. The Wildcats currently hold a five match winning streak in the series. The last time Kentucky won six in a row over UT was 1993-1995.
- The last time vs Alabama: UT earned a 3-1 victory in front of what had to be one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever heard in Knoxville. Kanisha Jimenez controlled the match with 18 kills and 14 digs. Erica Treiber put back eight blocks. Kendra Turner made her season debut at home. And Lexi Dempsey was impressive with 39 assists. The Vols won despite being outhit by the Tide — just the 20th time that’s happened in the rally scoring era. Their .161 average was the 13th lowest in a win during that timeframe.
- 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 the teams have faced off 74 times since their first meeting in 1973, and have played each other every year since at least 1978.
- This is the first season since 1990 that Tennessee has not travelled to Lexington to face the Wildcats.
- Tennessee is 1-1 vs ranked opponents so far this season.
- The Vols are 1-2 when playing on television this year.
- Kentucky has been one of the top teams in the SEC for some time now. They’ve appeared in ten consecutive NCAA tournaments. They’ve been a fixture in the polls. But despite that, they’re still waiting for their first SEC title since 1988. Their three best most recent chances were all thwarted by Tennessee.
- For a lot of their history, a UT/UK match ended the regular season. In 2008, #17 Kentucky was looking to become just the second team other than Florida to win a league title since 1992. A win over the unranked Vols in Lexington and they would share the trophy with the Gators. Tennessee pulled off the upset with a 16-14 victory in the fifth set.
- In 2009, the Florida hegemony was put on hold as either LSU or Kentucky were going to win or share the title. All the #10 Wildcats had to do was defeat the unranked Vols in the last match of the regular season. UT went up 2-0 but UK fought back to tie it. In the fifth set, Kentucky led 14-10, giving them four championship points — before Tennessee scored the last six in a row to once again dash their title hopes.
- in 2011, #15 Tennessee came into the final match with a guaranteed share of the conference championship. With a victory over #16 Kentucky they would win the title outright. With a loss Kentucky would get a share of the elusive title. For the third time in four years, the Vols broke the Wildcats’ hearts at the end of the season, this time in a 3-1 decision.
- The good news for Kentucky is since that 2011 match, the UT/UK match no longer ends the SEC season! The bad news is, that while they would have time to bounce back, a loss to the Vols would create a much tighter race since the top four teams in the league are just one game apart in the standings.
- More possible good news for UK? Every odd numbered year since 2009 has seen a team other than Florida win the SEC.
SEC CHAMPIONS SINCE 2009 2009 LSU 25-7 (18-2) 2010 Florida 29-2 (20-0) 2011 Tennessee 28-4 (19-1) 2012 Florida 27-5 (19-1) 2013 Missouri 35-1 (18-0) 2014 Florida 28-4 (18-0) 2015 ?
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE Friday, November 6th
8:00pm ET // Tuscaloosa AL
2015 Record: 11-13 (5-5 SEC)
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#21 KENTUCKY WILDCATS Sunday, November 8th
1:00pm ET // Knoxville TN
2015 Record: 17-7 (10-2 SEC)
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