Tennessee plays their last match of the year at home vs LSU.
Tennessee is 24-37 all-time vs LSU. The Vols are 6-4 in the last ten meetings and 6-4 in the last ten in Knoxville. In their match earlier this year, Tennessee got a big win on the road over the #3 team in the conference, sweeping LSU.The team had their second-best hitting percentage of the year vs a league opponent with .311.
Today will be the last match for four seniors — Kanisha Jimenez, Kendra Turner, Stephanie Buss, and Mackenzie Cooler. Under head coach Rob Patrick, the Lady Vols are 15-5 on senior day. They’ve played LSU 3 times in those 20 matches and haven’t lost a set.
The team has played on the day after Thanksgiving 16 times all-time and has a 9-7 record, with two of those losses coming to LSU. Under Patrick, the team is 7-1.
Since 1978, UT is 22-17 all-time in their last regular season match of the year. Under Patrick, the team is 15-5.
Erica Treiber is 3 blocks away from entering the UT single-season top 20.
Coach Patrick is one win away from his 200th regular season conference victory.
In their last match of the regular season, LSU is playing for a chance at a 20 win campaign.
Tennessee head coach Patrick and LSU head coach Fran Flory are two of the top three longest-serving conference coaches in SEC volleyball history. Florida’s Mary Wise tops the list at 27 years. Flory is second with 25 years between Kentucky (5 years) and LSU (20 years). Patrick is third with 21 years. The three are also the only coaches to reach 400 wins while in the league.
Tennessee will finish the season between 9th and 12th in the conference.
After having the Vols thwart their chances four times in the last ten years, Kentucky can clinch a share of the SEC title for the first time in 29 years with a win vs Georgia tonight.
Florida can win at least a share of what would be their 23rd league title with a victory tomorrow vs Missouri.
Kentucky and Florida are the top two teams in the RPI this week. Tennessee is up to #83.
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