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Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 3:00 pm

2017 Match Notes: at Florida and at South Carolina

Tennessee is on the road this week with matches at Florida and South Carolina.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 13-48-1 all-time vs Florida. The Gators won both meetings last season. The teams are 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 2-8 in their last ten in Gainesville. The Lady Vols are hoping to snap a six-match losing streak.

    Tennessee is 37-29 all-time vs South Carolina. The Gamecocks won the only meeting last season in five. The teams are 6-4 in their last ten meetings, and 5-5 in their last ten in Columbus.

    UT will be facing a #1 team for the 7th time in school history and looking for their first upset. The first #1 team Tennessee faced was Hawaii in 1982, the inaugural year of the poll.

    Florida has reached #1 in the poll three times in their history — 1996, 2010, and 2017 — and the Vols have played them while they held the top spot each time.

    TENNESSEE VERSUS #1
    Hawaii 1982 L 2-1
    Hawaii 1983 L 3-0
    Pacific 1984 L 3-0
    Florida 1996 L 3-1
    Nebraska 2007 L 3-0
    Florida 2010 L 3-0
    Florida 2017 ?

    Four teams have held the #1 spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll this season, and as of this Friday the Vols will have faced two of them. The other is Minnesota who was #2 when UT played them but held the top spot for three weeks.

    UF is one of just two teams in the country with 4 wins over top 20 opponents.

    UT’s last two matches vs #1 were televised — this one will not be.

    The head coaches of Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina have all celebrated milestone wins in 2017. Rob Patrick earned win #400 at UT, Mary Wise got win #800 with the Gators, and in his last match, Scott Swanson reached win #100 with the Gamecocks.

    SC is 6-0 in three-set matches this year, but only 2-5 when the match goes to four or five sets.

    Tennessee is 1-4 in their last five televised matched vs South Carolina.

  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • This week’s AVCA Coaches Poll

    The Lady Vols are doing relatively well in a couple of recent ranking systems. The team started the season at #74 in the Pablo Rankings but is currently up to #53. And in an early look at the unofficial RPI, UT stands at #50.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • FLORIDA GATORS
    9-0, 1-0 SEC
    Friday, September 29, 7:00pm ET
    Gainesville FL // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
    SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
    8-5, 1-0 SEC
    Sunday, October 1, 1:00pm ET
    Columbus SC // SEC NETWORK // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS
    aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.27
    161
    8
    12.88
    58
    6
    3.02
    10
    1
    16.79
    37
    2
    13.82
    49
    5
    .272
    23
    2
    .141
    13
    1
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.18
    210
    10
    11.44
    194
    12
    2.97
    13
    2
    14.26
    193
    6
    12.41
    175
    11
    .242
    66
    7
    .156
    25
    2
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.35
    113
    7
    11.71
    161
    9
    2.47
    55
    6
    13.45
    257
    11
    12.49
    167
    10
    .264
    36
    4
    .178
    81
    7