Tennessee will face the teams immediately above and below them in the SEC standings this coming week as they head to Alabama and Arkansas.
UT is 36-18 all-time vs Alabama, 17-13 in the rally-scoring era, 4-6 in their last ten matches, and 6-4 in their last ten in Tuscaloosa.
UT is 21-20 all-time vs Arkansas, 18-13 in the rally-scoring era, 5-5 in their last ten matches, and 7-3 in their last ten in Fayetteville.
The Lady Vols are 4-8 when playing away from home this year, and 2-7 in true road matches.
While Tennessee has played a lot of five-set matches this season, long games are rare in the Alabama series — only 7 such matches in 54 meetings. Only 4 five-set matches have taken place between the teams in the rally-scoring era, all won by the Tide.
Tennessee’s Rocky Perinar may get a chance to play against her sister. Ginger Perinar is a senior outside hitter for Alabama, and takes the second most swings on their team. Rocky got the win in their first meeting last season, with the sisters staying fairly even on the stats sheet. (Ginger had 16 kills, hit .164, put up 3 blocks, dug up 3 balls, and scored 18 points, while Rocky had 14 kills, hit .111, put up 5 blocks, dug up 5 balls, and scored 17 points.)
First year Alabama head coach Lindsey Devine joined the Tide after a 16-year stint just up the road at ETSU. She ended her run there as their all-time winningest coach. In 2013, she snapped a 19 match losing streak to the Lady Vols dating back to 1979. (Her daughter and current assistant coach, Megan Ailshie, was part of that team.) In her next meeting vs Tennessee in 2018, she gave Eve Rackham her first ever loss as a head coach.
Lady Vol Emily Merrick was a teammate of Alabama’s Erin Curl at Flower Mound High school in Texas.
The Crimson Tide only had 4 home matches during the months of August, September, and October. The game vs Tennessee will be their 3rd in a row at home during November.
Arkansas is the only team in the conference with 4 players who have earned multiple double-doubles this year. Tennessee has 3 such players and Alabama 2.
The all-time meeting record between the Razorbacks and the Lady Vols is tight, with UT leading 21-20. The series has been tied or just a single win advantage for one team or the other every year since 2014. Neither team has led the series by more than two games since 2009.
Tennessee is 1-5 in televised matches this season. The team is 3-3 since 2001 when playing Arkansas on TV, and have lost the last 3 in a row.
Top five conference statistical leaders include: UT’s Tessa Grubs is 3rd in kills and 5th in points. UA’s Alyiah Wells is 4th in blocks. UA’s Kaylee Thomas is 4th in digs.Sunday, November 10th @ 3:00pm ET
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Last week: lost to Georgia and Kentucky, play Texas A&M
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