The Lady Vols’ 2021 season ended tonight in a hard fought four set loss (25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21) vs Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Much more on the match coming tomorrow.
UPDATE: Breana Runnels once again led both sides of the net, this time with 16 kills. Morgann Fingall had 13, and Lily Felts had 11. Fingall was the UT blocks leader with 6, but Runnels, Danielle Mahaffey, and Nicole Shanahan were right behind with 5 each. Natalie Hayward and Ava Bell had 3 each. Hayward put up 36 assists. Paola Laborda had 11 digs. Kya Moore tied a career high with 3 aces.
Ohio State’s 14 points in the second set is the third fewest points Tennessee has held a ranked opponent to in a set in the rally-scoring era.
For just the second time in ten Tournament losses since 2001, Tennessee outhit the opponent that knocked them out.
With 14 blocks, Tennessee has had double digit team blocks in 17 matches this year — including the last 7 in a row.
UT has now hit .250 or better in 17 matches this year.
Tennessee’s 38 digs was the second lowest total by the team in a four set match in the rally-scoring era.
PLEASE NOTE: The season may be over, but we’re not quite done around here! Hopefully there might be a few more awards handed out soon. Sometime this week I’ll post some more photos from the Tournament. And a season wrap-up article is on the way as well.