Friday, November 24, 2017

UT drops heartbreaker to LSU to end season

The Lady Vols came out strong and got within two points of sweeping, but LSU fought back to take the match in five (19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-9). More soon.

UPDATE: Lots of big numbers. Tessa Grubbs matched career highs with 23 kills and 58 attacks and set a new high with 26 points. Madison Coulter had 12 kills and 17 digs for her third double-double of the season. Breana Jeter had 10 kills and hit .533. Stephanie Buss had 9 kills. Alyssa Andreno had 4 blocks. Callie Williams had career highs with 55 assists, 4 kills, 15 attacks, 3 blocks, and 9.5 points. She earned her 5th double-double of the year. Keyton Kinley had a career-high 22 digs as did Asha Phillips with 13 and Stephanie Spencer with 7.

Tennessee hit .200 or better in a loss for the 8th time this season.

UT outhit their opponent in a loss for the 4th time this year. In the rally scoring era, only the 2006 team can match that.

The team had a season-high 10 service errors.

This was just the second loss for the senior class when leading by two. And it was the first such loss for the team vs an SEC opponent since 2012.

The Vols have lost 24 times in school history when leading 2-0. No other team has done it to Tennessee more than LSU — today’s match was their 4th time. The previous matches were in 1985 (twice!) and 2006.

Tennessee has played 17 matches in school history on the day after Thanksgiving and is 9-8. Three of those losses have come to LSU.