Tennessee took Georgia as far as possible but ultimately lost in a tight five set match. Much more tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: Lily Felts got a double-double with a career-high matching 19 kills and career high 20 digs. Jasmine Brooks wasn’t far behind with 17 kills. Ava Bell had 9 kills, and Emily Merrick 7. Bell led the team with 5 blocks, Natalie Hayward was next with 4. Hayward also picked up a double-double with 52 assists and 16 digs. Madison Coulter scooped up 20 digs, while Madison Bryant added 13 more.
There were 15 tie scores in the first set. From Georgia’s 7-5 lead at the beginning until Tennessee’s 24-22 lead late in the set, both teams were never more than a single point away from each other.
With her 19 kills and 20 digs, Felts was a single kill away from earning a 20/20. Getting 20 in two of the five categories counted for doubles has only been accomplished 17 times by a Lady Vol in the rally-scoring era, by 7 different players.
Coulter reached 20 digs for the 15th time in her career.
Georgia’s Amber Stivrins took 78 swings in the match, the third most attack attempts by a UT opponent since 2001.
This was just the 29th time in the rally-scoring era that UT outhit their opponent despite losing the match.
Georgia’s .159 hitting percentage was the 12th lowest since 2001 by a winning UT opponent.
For the second match in a row, 4 Tennessee players had double digit digs. This was just the 23rd time since 2001 that at least two different players dug up at least 20 balls in a single match.