Thursday, September 16, 2021

2021 Match Notes: Stacey Clark Classic

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.

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.

1982 #1 Hawaii
#5 USC
#6 Stanford
#7 Arizona
1983 #1 Hawaii
#2 Pacific
#6 Kentucky
#9 Arizona State
#10 Texas
1984 #1 Pacific
#6 Nebraska
#8 Texas
#9 Hawaii
2005 #2 Penn State
#3 Washington
#4 Florida
#6 Louisville
#7 Notre Dame
#8 Missouri
2009 #5 Florida
#7 Kentucky
#7 Michigan
2017 #1 Florida
#2 Minnesota
#6 Kentucky
2021 #7 Pitt
#9 Baylor
#9 Purdue
highest ranking shown for teams played multiple times in a season

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