UT definitely seemed like the inexperienced squad when up against Colorado State, veterans of 24 straight tournaments. Tennessee’s first since 2012 seemed doomed to end early but the team pulled together after getting behind 0-2 to complete a huge comeback over CSU and advance to the second round (26-28, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-12)! More soon!
UPDATE: Lily Felts had 19 kills. Tessa Grubbs was right behind her with 18. Addisyn Rowe and Erica Treiber had 12 each. Rowe hit an amazing .786! Treiber led the team with 6 blocks with Rowe and Danielle Mahaffey at 5 a piece. Sedona Hansen put up 37 assists; Callie Williams had 26. Madison Coulter had a huge 29 digs! Lily Felts’ 15 completed her double-double.
Addisyn Rowe set a UT Tournament record with her .786 hitting percentage. The previous record was .667. She was just .103 short of the NCAA Tournament record!Actually she won’t get credit for the record — she was one attack short of reaching the record minimum of three per set. But it was still an impressive achievement and a career high!
Madison Coulter set a UT Tournament record with her 29 digs. That total was also the 26th most digs in any match in school history.
Lily Felts’ 58 attacks was just 2 shy of the UT Tournament record.
Colorado State’s 32 block assists are a UT Tournament record, as is CSU player Paulina Hougaard-Jensen’s 9 block assists and 10 total blocks.
Tennessee has come back from two sets down 19 times in school history. And now twice this season.
2018 is the first season in school history that the Lady Vols have come back from 0-2 to win more than once.
UT is 8-5 in the rally scoring era when coming back from 0-2 to force a fifth set.
This was the 5th five-set match #TNVB has played in their last six NCAA Tournaments — and their first win.
Tennessee won despite having a lower hitting percentage — .203 to .227. It’s not the first time they’ve done that at the Tournament. Two matches on their way to the Final Four in 2005 also were won despite worse hitting numbers.
Erica Treiber’s two aces put her alone in third place at UT for single season rally scoring aces. One more would put her in a tie for second.
Like father, like daughter! Callie Williams’ father is the assistant coach at Baylor. In their first round match they too were down 0-2 before coming back to win.
The SEC went 5-0 in the first round of the tourney, with Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, and Missouri also winning their matches.