Time to catch up on some of the news from the offseason!
- Nikki Dailey was hired as a new assistant coach for Tennessee volleyball. Dailey was previously on the staff at ETSU, and played for Iowa. Erica Lear, whom she replaces, has moved on to Memphis Metro Volleyball.
- The Vols were picked to finish the conference sixth in a poll by the SEC coaches. That’s their highest finish since the league moved away from the divisional format in 2014.
- Tennessee had another great year academically. Fourteen players on the roster were named to SEC Honor Rolls. Kelsey Bawcombe, Stephanie Buss, Claudia Coco, Mackenzie Cooler, Bri Holmes, Breana Jeter, Taylor Johnson, Nora Reed, Erica Treiber, and Bridgette Villano were part of the 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, while Alyssa Andreno, Tessa Grubbs, Sedona Hansen, and Asha Phillips were on the 2016-17 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Tennessee has placed at least 5 players on the Fall Honor Roll every year since 1996 — and is the only league team to have done so.
- Erica Treiber is part of UT’s VOLeaders Academy, a program which “allows student-athletes to learn how to have a positive influence on their teams, the campus community and the rest of the world”. The group just returned from a trip to Vietnam.