Thursday, March 11, 2021

2020 Notes: at Arkansas

Due to previous cancellations, the Lady Vols are hitting the road for the first time this spring, heading to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks.

Tennessee is 22-20 all-time vs Arkansas. UT is 5-5 in the last ten meetings and 7-3 in the last ten meetings in Fayetteville. The Lady Vols have a three-match winning streak in the series.

The Razorbacks have an 11-7 overall record vs 8-6 for Tennessee. But against common opponents, UT is 5-5 and UARK 4-6.

With the Lady Vols’ next victory, head coach Eve Rackham will earn career win #50. She currently has a 49-25 record. If things don’t go off the rails, she should become the second fastest UT volleyball coach to officially reach the 50 win milestone.

Bob Bertucci 50-21 71 matches from 1979 to 1980
Rob Patrick 50-38 88 matches from 1997 to 1999
Sandy Lynn 50-39 89 matches from 1987 to 1989
Julie Hermann 50-53 103 matches from 1991 to 1994

UT hasn’t swept Arkansas since 2012.

The first RPI of the season has been released and due to all the COVID related scheduling changes, its rankings are all over the place! For example, AVCA #1 Wisconsin is ranked #60 in the RPI. The top ten in the RPI includes UNLV, Army, Bowling Green, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Jacksonville State, Towson, and Western Kentucky. The SEC’s teams are similarly ranked in a haphazard fashion with 14-0 Kentucky at #29, and Tennessee at #94 one spot ahead of 14-2 Florida! Arkansas comes in at #106.

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