Friday, August 24, 2018

Smokey stuns Sparty

201801-felts-1The Lady Vols won new head coach Eve Rackham’s first career game, upsetting 22nd ranked Michigan State 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23). Much more tonight!

UPDATE: Erica Treiber led Tennessee with a .432 hitting percentage, 4 blocks, and a career high 19 kills. Tessa Grubbs had 15 kills, and freshman Lily Felts in her first collegiate match almost earned a double double with 11 kills and 9 digs. Sedona Hansen put up 28 assists and Callie Williams added 25 more. Madison Coulter wearing the libero jersey had 18 digs and Hansen had 15.

The Lady Vols won despite having only 5 team blocks to MSU’s 14 — a 9 team block differential, the second widest margin in a UT win in the rally scoring era.

Tennessee earned their first win over a ranked team since 2016.

It was their first win over a ranked team to start the season since 1983.

Rackham continues the tradition of Tennessee coaches winning their debut match — all five school head coaches since 1979 have done so.

With 2,301 people on hand, tonights match was the 2nd highest attended home match in school history, and the 26th highest attended UT match (home or away) since 2001.

Since 2013, the Lady Vols have played 29 matches on televison, and this was just their 5th win.