Monday, April 30, 2018

April 2018 updates
  • Coach Eve Rackham has hired her second assistant coach after Tyler Adams was introduced last month. Gavin Watt will be coming to Knoxville after spending a season at North Carolina as a volunteer assistant. Prior to that, Watt spent four years as an assistant coach at Lehigh University under former Tennessee head coach Bob Bertucci. Bertucci coached the Lady Vols from 1979 to 1986 and is the UT coaching leader by winning percentage (.666).
  • Congratulations to Callie Williams who was named to the VOLeaders Academy Class of 2018-19. The program teaches student-athletes how to have “a positive influence on their teams, the campus community and the rest of the world”.
  • The team had three weekends of spring volleyball matches this month. In the first they faced Ohio State, Bowling Green, and Lipscomb, winning 5 out of 6 sets played. In the second weekend they played Kennesaw State, Chattanooga, and West Florida, again winning 5 out of 6 sets played. And in the final weekend of play they took on UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest, and North Carolina, winning 4 out of 6 sets (both losses being by tight two-point margins against the ACC teams).

    Rackham said, “This team has made so many improvements since January, and really embraced the challenge of getting a little better every time we get an opportunity to practice or compete. I think today was a great way to finish the spring and see where we are. There is a ton of work ahead but we made significant progress in individual development and team systems.”