Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2018 Match Notes: Rocky Top Invitational

It’s Alumni Weekend! The Lady Vols host the Rocky Top Invitational with Winthrop, North Florida, and Indiana State coming to Knoxville.

  • Tennessee is 3-2 all time vs Winthrop. The last meeting was a UT sweep in 2003. All the other meetings were in the early 1970s.

    Tennessee is 1-0 all time vs North Florida. The only meeting between the teams was a 3-1 UT win in 2015.

    Tennessee is 1-0 all time vs Indiana State. The only meeting between the teams was a 2-0 UT win in 1977.

    Since 2001, UT is 5-1 vs the Big South, 11-1 vs the Atlantic Sun, and 3-2 vs the Missouri Valley Conference.

    A win over Winthrop would be UT’s 50th win all time in the month of August. Right now the team is 49-7.

    This tournament features a full roster of coaches just starting out in the lead job. Tennessee is Eve Rackham’s first head coaching position. Winthrop’s Chuck Rey just started his first season as a head coach. North Florida’s Kristen Wright is in her first year as a head coach at the NCAA level. And Indiana State’s Lindsay Allman is the old-timer of the group, having just started her second year as a head coach.

    Former Indiana State head coach from 2003-2007 Julie Krofcheck currently resides in Knoxville, married to former Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick.

  • There’s an interesting (but really just-for-fun) feature on the stats section you might want to check out: on the page that lists UT’s all time season records, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see an extrapolation of where current Lady Vols might stand at the end of the season at their current rate for comparison. For example, Brooke Schumacher had 34 digs in the three matches played so far this year. If she were to remain at that pace in the 27 matches remaining on the schedule, she would have 340 digs at regular season’s end — good enough to make the UT all time top 30 for season digs.

    A voucher for free admission to the Winthrop match is available on UT’s promotions page. Also be sure to note while there that kids 12 and under can get in free to both Saturday matches.

    2018: 0-4 // 2017: 18-14, 8-8 Big South
    Friday, August 31, 7:00pm ET
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    2018: 0-3 // 2017: 13-19, 5-9 ASUN
    Saturday, September 1, 12:30pm ET
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    2018: 2-1 // 2017: 11-21, 8-10 MVC
    Saturday, September 1, 7:30pm ET
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