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Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:06 am

2017 Match Notes: South Carolina and Florida

Been a busy week for me so lighter and later notes for the South Carolina and Florida matches in Knoxville this weekend.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 37-30 all-time vs South Carolina. UT is 5-5 in their last ten meetings, and 8-2 in their last ten at home. The visitors have a three-match winning streak vs Tennessee. The Vols lost a four-set match in Columbia earlier this season, despite leading in hitting, blocks, and points, and matching them in aces and digs. Tennessee hit .306 in the match, their 3rd highest percentage in a loss in the rally scoring era.

    Tennessee is 13-49-1 all-time vs Florida. UT is 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 3-7 in their last ten at home. The Lady Vols are hoping to snap a seven-match losing streak. The Vols were swept by the Gators earlier this season when they were the #1 team in the country. Tennessee held UF to a .252 hitting percentage in the match — only (currently ranked) #3 Texas, #6 Kentucky, and #7 Nebraska have done better this year.

    After defeating the Vols and earning his 101st win in seven seasons at South Carolina, Scott Swanson was dismissed as head coach of the Gamecocks. Since that match, Dottie Hampton has been promoted to interim head coach and the team is 1-6.

    Tennessee will face two big servers this weekend. South Carolina’s Aubrey Ezell is 11th in the nation with 0.48 aces per set, while Florida’s Carli Snyder is #9 with 0.51.

    Sunday’s match will be the 4th time this season UT has faced a top-ten opponent.

    This will be the 34th time in program history that the Vols have faced a top-five team. They’ve won twice: #2 Penn State and #4 Florida in 2005.

    Tennessee is a respectable 28-57 (.329) vs ranked opponents in the rally-scoring era when they themselves are unranked. They’ve won such a match each of the last two seasons.

    Tennessee is near the top and bottom of two stats nationally. The Lady Vols rank 16th in the country in blocks per set. But the team is the 5th worst team in Division I in aces per set.

    Brooke Schumacher is 51 digs away from becoming the 15th member of UT’s 1,000 digs club.

    Erica Treiber is 3 blocks away from UT’s top-ten career blocks list.

    Rob Patrick is 2 wins away from his 200th career SEC regular-season victory.

    UT dropped one spot to #58 in the latest RPI.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
    10-12, 3-7 SEC
    Friday, November 3, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
    FLORIDA GATORS
    19-1, 11-1 SEC
    Sunday, November 5, 1:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // 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
    1.21
    185
    7
    11.19
    232
    12
    2.30
    79
    7
    13.35
    279
    11
    11.90
    238
    12
    .224
    98
    7
    .205
    183
    10
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    0.86
    325
    13
    11.53
    201
    9
    2.82
    16
    3
    15.26
    136
    5
    12.45
    187
    9
    .224
    100
    8
    .182
    85
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.29
    143
    3
    13.00
    37
    3
    3.11
    4
    1
    15.59
    114
    4
    13.91
    33
    3
    .284
    14
    2
    .131
    3
    1