The Lady Vols improved to 9-3 this weekend with wins over Ohio State and Evansville and a loss to Dayton.
Tessa Grubbs had 23 kills. Erica Treiber had 11, while hitting .550 with no errors; she led the team with 4 blocks and also had a career high 4 aces and a career high matching 9 digs. Breana Jeter had 10 kills. She and Addisyn Rowe had 3 blocks each. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs. Callie Williams added 19 assists.
Since 2001, only 12 opposing players have scored a triple double vs Tennessee. Dayton’s Brooke Westbeld is the second Flyer to join that list, and the first player since 2011 to do so.
All three matches between these teams in the rally scoring era have gone to five sets.
vs Ohio State
Grubbs led UT’s attack with 15 kills. Treiber had 12 again with no errors for a .600 hitting percentage. She matched her career high set the night before with 4 more aces. Rowe had 7 blocks. Madison Coulter had 10 digs. Hansen put up 31 assists.
In the final set Tennessee ended the match with 9 points in a row, the last 3 of which were aces by Treiber.
With 8 losses and not a single win over the Buckeyes in program history, UT ended one of their current longest losing streaks.
The win was the team’s second over a Big Ten opponent this year. Prior to 2018, the team had lost their last 10 in a row against the conference. They hadn’t won twice in a single year since the 2005 Final Four season.
Rocky Perinar had 13 kills, hit .500, and put down 5 blocks. Grubbs had 10 kills. Treiber had 5 blocks and Rowe added 4 more. Hansen had 33 assists and 11 digs for the double-double. With 5 kills, she matched her career high.
According to the official stats, Tennessee had their first ball handling error of the year during this match — though I’m assuming that has to be wrong!
Treiber was impressive with just 2 errors over 53 attacks this weekend. With 29 kills, she hit .509. She also notched 9 aces over the three matches.
Grubbs had 48 kills on 102 attacks with just 12 errors for a .353 hitting percentage.
Rowe had 14 blocks while also hitting .349.
Hansen was a single dig shy of picking up a double-double in all three matches this weekend.