Friday, September 21, 2018

Tennessee impresses in SEC win over Auburn

The Lady Vols picked up a win in their first conference match of the season, defeating Auburn 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-13).

The team had a season high .404 hitting percentage and 70 kills. Their kill total was the 13th most in the rally-scoring era at UT in a four set match. And their hitting number was the 18th highest in any match during that time.

Three players reached double digit kills: Tessa Grubbs with 17, Addisyn Rowe with 13, and Alyssa Andreno with 12. Two other players were one kill short of that threshold with 9: Lily Felts and Erica Treiber. (If those two had had one more kill each, Tennessee would have had their first match since 2012 with five players in double digits.)

Four players hit over .400 (with at least 10 attacks): Rowe with .571, Andreno with .550, Treiber with .421, and Grubbs with .414. Only three matches in the rally-scoring era at UT have had more players hitting that high.

Treiber and Rocky Perinar led the team with 4 blocks each. Four players had double digit digs: Madison Coulter with 16, Felts with 15, Giana Pellizzon with 13, and Sedona Hansen with 10. Hansen earned her 6th double-double of the year with 27 assists. Callie Williams was just behind with 25.

For the second time this season UT held an opponent to just 2 team blocks — the 10th lowest number in matches since 2001.

Tennessee made it to 10 wins in 13 matches this year. That’s the best they’ve done since 2015. The team has only reached that milestone faster 9 times since 1978.