Friday, September 6, 2019

Bearcats upset Lady Vols

Cincinnati swept #21 Tennessee this morning (25-18, 25-19, 25-23). Tessa Grubbs led the Lady Vols with 11 kills. Danielle Mahaffey hit .400 and Morgahn Fingall .313. Mahaffey was the only player with multiple blocks, with 2. Sedona Hansen led in assists with 20, digs with 6, and had the team’s only ace.

This was just the second match of the Eve Rackham era where UT was swept.

Tennessee’s player with the most digs (Hansen) had 6. In only one match in the rally scoring era did the team’s top digger have fewer than that (in 2002). UT had the fourth fewest total digs in a match in that time as well.

Fifteen of the seventeen Lady Vols on the roster got playing time in the three-set match. Only two other matches since 2001 had more players on the court, neither a three-set match.

UT’s 3 team blocks were the 13th fewest in a rally scoring era match.

Tennessee hit a respectable .224 in the loss. Cincinnati hit an impressive .407 — the 7th highest by a UT opponent since 2001, and the top performance by an out of conference team.