The Lady Vols head to West Lafayette, Indiana this weekend for their last out-of-conference matches before SEC play begins. They’ll take on Purdue Fort Wayne, Jacksonville State, and home-standing and 9th ranked Purdue.
UT will be facing Purdue Fort Wayne for the first time. The school was created in 2018 when Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (also known as IPFW) split into two different colleges.
UT is 2-1 all-time vs Jacksonville State. Tennessee swept the first two meetings in the early 2000s, while JSU won the last meeting in 2013.
UT is 1-6 all-time vs Purdue. Tennessee lost the first five meetings from 1980 to 1991, before getting their first win in the series in 2004. The last meeting was a UT loss in 2005.
In the rally-scoring era, Tennessee is 2-1 vs the Horizon League, 12-1 vs the Atlantic Sun Conference, and 8-17 vs the Big Ten Conference.
The Big Ten is one of only three conferences to have a winning record over Tennessee since 2001.
TENNESSEE VS CONFERENCES American Athletic Conference 24-5 .828 Atlantic Coast Conference 17-8 .680 ASUN Conference 12-1 .923 Atlantic 10 Conference 9-2 .818 Big East Conference 0-2 .000 Big Sky Conference 1-0 1.000 Big South Conference 6-1 .857 Big Ten Conference 8-17 .320 Big 12 Conference 7-5 .583 Big West Conference 2-0 1.000 Colonial Athletic Association 3-0 1.000 Conference USA 12-2 .857 Horizon League 2-1 .667 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 1-0 1.000 Mid-American Conference 11-4 .733 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 3-0 1.000 Missouri Valley Conference 5-2 .714 Mountain West Conference 4-1 .800 Northeast Conference 1-0 1.000 Ohio Valley Conference 13-2 .867 Pac-12 Conference 2-3 .400 Patriot League 3-0 1.000 Southeastern Conference 212-161 .568 Southern Conference 18-2 .900 Southwestern Athletic Conference 1-0 1.000 Summit League 3-1 .750 Sun Belt Conference 6-2 .750 West Coast Conference 4-2 .667 Western Athletic Conference 2-2 .500
Jacksonville State’s three matches vs the Lady Vols were all memorable for different reasons: one because of a player, one because of the road it led to, and one because of a rain delay! The first meeting in 2000 was at a tournament in Knoxville that featured current UT head coach Eve Rackham as a player on one of the other teams. The second was in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament that would see Tennessee reach the Final Four. The third in 2003 saw the match delayed due to a leak in the roof of Thompson Boling Arena raining down on to the court.
Purdue’s coaching staff — head coach Dave Shondell, associate head coach John Shondell, and assistant head coach Kathy Jewell — have all served in their roles in West Lafayette for the last 18 years.
Tennessee is 36-74 (.327) in the rally-scoring era vs ranked opponents and 11-39 (.220) vs top ten teams.
The Lady Vols will have faced three different top ten teams in just their tenth match of the season. There have been only six full seasons where Tennessee matched or beat that number.
TENNESSEE VS THREE OR MORE DIFFERENT TOP TEN TEAMS IN A SEASON 1982 #1 Hawaii
1983 #1 Hawaii
#9 Arizona State
1984 #1 Pacific
2005 #2 Penn State
#7 Notre Dame
2009 #5 Florida
2017 #1 Florida
2021 #7 Pitt
highest ranking shown for teams played multiple times in a season
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Friday, September 17th, 12:30pm ET
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