The Lady Vols fell to Kentucky in the first match of the 2020 season 25-15, 25-16, 25-15. More soon…
UPDATE: Ava Bell led the team with 8 kills. She hit .353 on the match. Rocky Perinar had 6 kills and two blocks while hitting .545. Kailey Keeble had a team leading 13 assists and 10 digs. Natalie Hayward and Madison Coulter were just behind with 12 assists and 8 digs respectively.
Emily Merrick hit .400 (2-0-5) in her first official outing after redshirting last year.
Madison Coulter’s 8 digs put her at a career total of 999.
No player in the match had double digit kills. The last time that happened was 2016. There have only been 16 other games in the rally-scoring era where the team leader in kills had fewer than the leader in this match.
A major streak was broken during this match. I had been to every single UT vs UK match for the past 13 years — both here in Knoxville and in Lexington. But I don’t think this had anything to do with the result of the match.