Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kentucky escapes Tennessee

#20 Kentucky got a hard fought four set win over a feisty Lady Vols squad in Knoxville this afternoon (25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23).

Tennessee had three players hit over .300 (with double digit attacks): Erica Treiber at .364 with 9 kills, Rocky Perinar at .346 with 11 kills, and Tessa Grubbs at .316 and 15 kills. (UK had no player match that.) Treiber had 5 blocks, Lily Felts added 4, and Addisyn Rowe contributed 3 more. Callie Williams put up 24 assists. Sedona Hansen had 21 while picking up a double double with 10 digs. Madison Coulter smashed her career high with 25 digs — the 28th most at UT all-time in a four-set match.

The teams were almost even in every stat: 55-55 in kills (UT – UK), 25-24 in attack errors, .184 to .185 in hitting percentage, 53-49 in assists, 66-68 in digs, and 10 to 11 in blocks. The only stat that was not evenly matched were serving: 2-6 in aces.

In three of their four losses this season, Tennessee has been up by 6 points in a set only to allow the other team to come back and win it.