The Lady Vols get a break this week with only one match on the schedule — but it’s a big one!
Tennessee is 30-47 all-time vs Kentucky. The teams split their two meetings last season. The Vols are 2-8 in their last ten meetings, and 3-7 in their last ten in Lexington.
The UT/UK series is the most played and longest continuously played series in program history — through how long depends on who you ask. According to Tennessee the teams have faced off 77 times since their first meeting in 1973, and have played each other every year since at least 1978. Kentucky, however, doesn’t have the 1973 game in their records but does include two matches in 1977 that Tennessee is missing. Combining all these games would make the actual series record 31-48 in UK’s favor.
The Wildcats are currently on an 11 match win streak.
Kentucky’s #6 ranking matches the third highest in their history. In 1983 and 1993, they went as high as #5.
The Lady Vols are 2-8 in their last ten matches vs ranked opponents. The last ranked team Tennessee defeated was #23 Kentucky in the final week of the 2016 season.
Since 2008, Tennessee is 5-6 vs Kentucky when the Wildcats are ranked. Four of those UT wins came during matches where the Vols themselves were unranked — two when Kentucky was in the top ten.
With ten matches remaining and the SEC season almost half over, here are a few updates about the season so far.
SINGLE SEASON RECORDS
• Brooke Schumacher could end the year on UT’s top ten single-season digs and digs per set lists.
• Erica Treiber could end the year on UT’s top twenty single-season blocks list and top ten single-season blocks per set list.
• Alyssa Andreno could end the year on UT’s top twenty single-season blocks per set list.
• Treiber and Andreno could end the year on UT’s top twenty single-season hitting percentage list.
• Schumacher is 111 digs shy of becoming the 15th member of UT’s 1,000 digs club.
• Sedona Hansen is 25 assists away from making UT’s top ten career assists list.
• Treiber is 17 blocks away from making UT’s top ten career blocks list.
• Callie Williams is 85 assists away from making UT’s top twenty career assists list.
• Kanisha Jimenez is 17 digs away from making UT’s top twenty-five career digs list.
• Treiber is 81.5 points away from making UT’s rally-scoring era top ten career points list.
• Rob Patrick is 3 wins away from his 200th SEC win — with a caveat! That record only includes regular-season victories, not SEC Tournament wins. Including those victories, he is at 206 right now.
• Four of the top 60 single match dig performances by a Lady Vol occurred this year. Schumacher has the #5, #31, and #56 games of all-time, while Hansen has #42.
• Tennessee is on pace to have the fewest hitting errors they’ve ever had in the rally scoring era. That may not be as great a stat as it first seems because their kills and attacks are on track to be the lowest in that time frame too, while their hitting percentage is right at their average. One of the reasons they may be getting fewer attack attempts, and thus kills, is their blocking is up. The team is on track to have one of their best years in that stat in the past decade. They’re also holding down opponent kills and hitting percentage.
LINKS OF INTEREST
UT ranks 58th in the latest RPI. UK is 5th.
Congratulations to the four Knoxville high schools in the state tournament this week. Hardin Valley was knocked out early, Catholic made the finals, and Webb and Berean Christian won it all.
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