Tennessee makes their only trip to Texas in 2019 as the Lady Vols face Houston and (one of my other favorite teams, unfortunately!) #5 Baylor at the Baylor Invitational.
UT is 4-7 all-time vs Houston. The first meeting between the teams was in 1973 (a 2-0 loss). Their last meeting was in 2011 (a 3-2 loss). The Lady Vols are 23-5 vs American Athletic Conference opponents since 2001.
UT is 1-0 all-time vs Baylor. That meeting was in 2005 (a 3-0 win). The Lady Vols are 5-4 vs Big 12 Conference opponents since 2001.
Tennessee has played four non-conference opponents in the state of Texas in the rally scoring era. All four matches were sweeps for one team or the other. UT was ranked #17 in every match. They faced a ranked opponent in two of the four matches, going 1-1.
Both Houston and Baylor head coaches have National Championships on their resumés. BU’s Ryan McGuyre won 2 NAIA Championships and a NCCAA Championship with the Cal Baptist women’s team (and 6 more with the men’s team). UH’s David Rehr coached Blinn to a NJCAA Championship twice.
Houston is 5-1 in road matches this season. Their first loss was yesterday to #5 Baylor.
No match in the series vs the Cougars has even been decided in four sets. The Lady Vols are 2-5 vs Houston in two or three set matches and 2-2 in five set matches.
Tennessee hasn’t won a game on Friday the 13th since 2002! They are 9-7 all time on that day.
UT ON FRIDAY THE 13TH October 1978 Florida
Mississippi University for Women
November 1981 South Carolina
September 1985 Hawaii Pacific L November 1987 Georgia W October 1989 North Carolina State W September 1991 Georgia Tech W November 1992 #18 Georgia L September 1996 Iowa L October 2000 Georgia W September 2002 Virginia W November 2009 Auburn L September 2013 Wichita State L
Baylor jumped from 17th to 5th in the latest Coaches poll after wins over #4 Wisconsin and #11 Marquette. The Bears will be the third top ten opponent the Lady Vols will face so far this season.
Baylor junior outside hitter Yossiana Pressley is the current Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week.
The Bears are 18-2 in sets this season.
Two former SEC players transferred to Baylor this season. AJ Koele from Mississippi State. And former Lady Vol Callie Williams.
Since 2001, Tennessee has won exactly one-third of their matches vs ranked opponents.Friday, September 13th @ 4:00pm ET
Last week: wins over UTSA, Maryland, UTRGV, Lamar; loss to #5 Baylor