Oops, they did it again! For the fourth time since 2008, UK’s chances to win the SEC title in their last regular season match were crushed by the Vols. (Kentucky can still share it but it is much more unlikely now and they don’t control their destiny.) Tennessee won 3-1 on senior night (18-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17). More soon!
UPDATE: Kendra Turner led both teams with 12 kills, with just 1 error on 29 attacks; she also had 8 digs. Tessa Grubbs had 10 kills and 4 blocks. Raina Hembry had 9 kills and 6 blocks. Erica Treiber had 8 kills, 5 blocks, 3 aces, and hit .533. Kanisha Jimenez had 7 kills, 16 digs, and 2 aces. Brooke Schumacher also dug up 16 balls. Britney Vallez had 8 digs. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs. Senior Nora Reed started the match and led the team in kills before coming out at the end of the first set.
Tennessee earned their first win over UK since 2011 — five years to the night, in a game that also knocked the Wildcats out of the SEC race.
Kentucky won 19 sets in a row over Tennessee from 2012 to tonight.
UT held the Wildcats to their second lowest hitting percentage of the year: .106.
The Vols end the season 9-3 at home.
After losing seven televised matches in a row, UT has now won their last two.
Tennessee scored their first win over a ranked opponent this season.
The Vols are 5-3 in day-before-Thanksgiving matches, and 4-0 when that team is the Wildcats. UT is an undefeated 3-0 vs ranked opponents on Thanksgiving eve — all three of those wins coming at the expense of UK.
The team scored 17 points off Treiber’s serving. Treiber, who didn’t even play in the first set, had serving runs that scored 4, 6, and 7 points.