Tennessee kept pace in every set with the #5 team in the country but fell just short yesterday against the Gators (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20). Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 17 kills. Bri Holmes had 14, and Erica Treiber and Raina Hembry had 10 each. Treiber hit .500, Holmes .400, and Grubbs .343. Treiber and Hembry had 4 blocks a piece with Grubbs just behind with 3. Sedona Hansen put up 46 assists. Brooke Schumacher had 16 digs.
Of all the teams Florida has faced this season, Tennessee scored the second most kills and had the second highest hitting percentage. Only Nebraska did better in their win over UF.
In the three sets UT lost in this match, they were tied with Florida late in each one: 19-19 in the first set, 19-19 in the third, and 20-20 in the fourth.
The Vols have had double digit service errors in 9 of their 16 matches this season.
Service errors are frustrating, especially when they come at inopportune moments. But they don’t necessarily mean a team is serving badly. It could mean the team is serving more aggressively. Just over halfway through this season Tennessee has 79 aces as a team. That easily puts them on pace to surpass the 98 aces they got in all of 2012, the 83 they got in 2013, and the 88 they got in 2014. They could also put down more than the 121 they served up all of last year.
Right now the Vols are on track to reach over 300 service errors at their current rate. The only other team to do that in the rally scoring era? The 2011 SEC Championship team.
UT hit .297 as a team — that’s their third best hitting performance in a loss since 2001. In fact, 3 of the top 10 hitting percentages in a loss in the rally scoring era have been this season.