Tennessee played the top team in the SEC tough but fell short vs Missouri in four (25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20). The Vols were in the match until the end despite not getting a single block for the first time in rally scoring era history.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
2016 Match Notes: Missouri and at Texas A&M
Tennessee is back in action this weekend against SEC title contenders Missouri and Texas A&M.
- UT is 2-6 all-time vs Missouri. The Tigers have a four-match winning streak.
- UT is 6-7 all-time vs Texas A&M. The Aggies have a five-match winning streak, the last four of which were sweeps.
- Both opponents this weekend are receiving votes in the latest coaches poll. Mizzou is an unofficial #27 and TAMU is #33.
- Tennessee has only eight matches remaining this season. Half of them are against Missouri and Texas A&M.
- The Vols are one victory away from securing the 30th recorded winning season in program history, and the 16th of head coach Rob Patrick’s 20-year career.
- Tennessee has only played a third of their season at home so far this year, but they are defending their turf well with a 7-1 record at Thompson-Boling Arena.
- The Aggies have 17 players on their squad from the state of Texas.
(I run another website, on the history of presidential elections. Due to the upcoming election, updates to this site will be lighter than usual. Look for things to get back to normal here after next week — barring any election surprises.)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Hansen wins SEC weekly award
It’s about time, for the school and the player! Tennessee finally picked up their first weekly SEC award of the season with Sedona Hansen finally being recognized as the conference Freshman of the Week!
“Hansen led Tennessee offensively in the Vols’ second 2-0 SEC weekend of the season, including their first road win of conference play (3-0 at Alabama). She recorded her 10th double-double of the season at Alabama with 33 assists and 14 digs. Hansen then contributed 42 assists and seven digs in the three-set win over Auburn at Thompson-Boling Arena. She currently ranks third overall in the conference with 11.23 assists per set, the best among freshmen setters.”
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Vols get sweep vs Auburn
After just four home matches in the past 63 days, Tennessee gave the fans at Thompson-Boling Arena something to cheer about with a hard-earned 3-0 victory over Auburn (25-21, 25-23, 30-28). More soon.
Monday, October 24, 2016
UPDATED: Updates coming!
Sorry for the delay in site updates! I got back from a vacation last week, but thave spent the days since working on another website I run. Unfortunately, I’ll need to dedicate even more time to it over the next 16 days or so. However, I’m hoping to be able to keep the updates going here as well. But if I get behind, you’ll know why! As I said, work on the other site should taper off considerably in about two weeks, so any slowdown will be temporary!
UPDATE (10/27): Add a family medical issue to the list of things delaying me from posting updates. On top of the reasons mentioned in the original post, this new issue will take up more of my time this coming week. I still hope to get some things up. But please understand if it is at a slower pace than usual.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
No notes this week
Just a heads up that there will be no updates or notes this week. I’m heading out of town for a few days, though I do hope to be back in time for Tennessee’s match this week against Mississippi.
OK, here’s one quick note for you. The Vols had a program matching long 27 day period between home matches earlier this year. They’re in the middle of another long road stretch right now. Which means from August 27th of this year to October 14th, Tennessee will have played a grand total of two home games in 47 days!
So be sure to come out to root on the team this weekend as they finally get to play in front of the home crowd!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
UK sweeps Vols
UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs paced the Vols with 10 kills. Erica Treiber had 8, and Raina Hembry, Bri Holmes, and Alyssa Adreno all had 6 each. Sedona Hansen had 32 of the team’s 34 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 10 balls.
Tennessee had a season low .139 hitting percentage, while allowing Kentucky a season high .333.
The Vols had no service aces for just the 29th time in the rally scoring era.
UT had only 1 total team block, matching the program’s rally scoring era low.
Due to a miscommunication between the refs, 5’4” defensive specialist Claudia Coco got a chance to play in the front row. She had a block attempt and even got an attack attempt when the ball was set to her!
Saturday, October 8, 2016
2016 Match Notes: at Kentucky
- UT is 29-46 all-time vs Kentucky. The team is 3-7 in their last ten matches and 4-6 in their last ten in Lexington.
- Kentucky has been ranked in 9 of their last 13 meetings with Tennessee. The Vols are 4-5 in those matches.
- The Wildcats have won six straight vs the Vols are are looking to make it seven for the first time since 1992. Tennessee hasn’t won a set vs Kentucky since 2012.
- The UT/UK series is the most played and longest continuously played series in program history. Both sides claim different matches, but according to Tennessee the teams have faced off 75 times since their first meeting in 1973, and have played each other every year since at least 1978.
- Kentucky currently sits atop the SEC standings, but they haven’t ended the season there since 1988.
- UK is on a nine-match winning streak.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Vols defeat Trojans
Tennessee won their last scheduled non-conference match of the season in a sweep of Troy (25-21, 25-23, 25-19). Fifteen of the nineteen players on the squad saw action. Kendra Turner was the only player on either side of the court to reach double-digit kills with 13. She hit .440, had 4 blocks, 5 digs, and an ace as well. Bri Holmes had 7 kills. Raina Hembry had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Nora Reed put down 4 blocks. Sedona Hansen had 27 assists and Brooke Schumacher had 13 digs. Bridgette Villano served up 2 aces, which ties her with Kelsey Bawcombe as the season leader so far.
Tennessee was held to a .217 hitting percentage, the fourth lowest of the season and the lowest in a win. The Vols held Troy to .099, the fourth lowest by an opponent all year.
UT ends up with a 10-3 non-conference record.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
2016 Match Notes: at Troy
Tennessee’s final non-conference match of the season is Wednesday night in Alabama vs Troy. On Sunday the team returns to conference play at Kentucky. Notes for that match will be up later this week.
- UT is meeting Troy for the first time in program history.
- The Vols are 4-2 vs the Sun Belt Conference since 2001.
- Troy is facing their third opponent from the state of Tennessee this season. They were previously swept by both ETSU and Austin Peay.
- Troy is facing their second SEC opponent this season. Mississippi State swept them earlier this year.
- The last time Tennessee travelled to Alabama for a non-conference match was October 18, 1988, when they defeated UAB 3-0.
- The last non-conference team from the state of Alabama the Vols played was Jacksonville State in 2013, in Knoxville. UT lost 2-3.
- Tennessee junior Claudia Coco’s neck of the woods in Georgia is well represented on the Trojan roster. Four Troy players were members of the A5 volleyball club she attended. Of those, one lived in her hometown of Johns Creek and another was a classmate at Chattahoochee High School with her.
We’ve just passed the half-way point of the season. Which seems like a good time to look at a few player stats and see how they might stack up against the record book. Keep in mind these are projections only. As the second half of the season will feature tougher conference opponents, the players may not stat at the pace they did in out-of-confernce play. (I’ll be looking at all-time school records here. At the end of the year I’ll also report how the players did in rally-scoring era records.)
- Sedona Hansen has 578 assists so far this year. At that rate, she could end the year with approximately 1,120, which would be the 17th most in a season at UT. Her 11.33 assists per set currently ranks as the 16th best in a season all-time.
- Erica Triber’s .372 hitting percentage currently ranks as the third best in a season all-time.
- Bridgette Villano’s 3.47 digs per set currently stands as the 18th best all-time in a season. With 1,085 career digs already and at her current pace, she could make the top ten on that list at UT. At 3.27 digs per set, she should finish her career around #6 all-time.
- UPDATE: Missed this one in the original post: Raina Hembry has 305 career blocks and might add 35-50 more the rest of the season. That would put her in the UT career blocks top ten list.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Florida slips past Vols for win
Tennessee kept pace in every set with the #5 team in the country but fell just short yesterday against the Gators (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20). Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 17 kills. Bri Holmes had 14, and Erica Treiber and Raina Hembry had 10 each. Treiber hit .500, Holmes .400, and Grubbs .343. Treiber and Hembry had 4 blocks a piece with Grubbs just behind with 3. Sedona Hansen put up 46 assists. Brooke Schumacher had 16 digs.
Of all the teams Florida has faced this season, Tennessee scored the second most kills and had the second highest hitting percentage. Only Nebraska did better in their win over UF.
In the three sets UT lost in this match, they were tied with Florida late in each one: 19-19 in the first set, 19-19 in the third, and 20-20 in the fourth.
The Vols have had double digit service errors in 9 of their 16 matches this season.
Service errors are frustrating, especially when they come at inopportune moments. But they don’t necessarily mean a team is serving badly. It could mean the team is serving more aggressively. Just over halfway through this season Tennessee has 79 aces as a team. That easily puts them on pace to surpass the 98 aces they got in all of 2012, the 83 they got in 2013, and the 88 they got in 2014. They could also put down more than the 121 they served up all of last year.
Right now the Vols are on track to reach over 300 service errors at their current rate. The only other team to do that in the rally scoring era? The 2011 SEC Championship team.
UT hit .297 as a team — that’s their third best hitting performance in a loss since 2001. In fact, 3 of the top 10 hitting percentages in a loss in the rally scoring era have been this season.
Friday, September 30, 2016
2016 Match Notes: at Florida
- UT is 13-47-1 all-time vs Florida, 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 2-8 in their last ten in Gainesville.
- Tennessee won three in a row in 2011 and 2012. But since then the Vols haven’t been able to win a set in their five matches vs the Gators.
- Florida has been dominant since coach Mary Wise took over the program in 1991. She’s only lost 24 regular season matches to SEC teams in her career. No conference opponent has won more matches against her than Tennessee.
- If UT gets to five sets vs Florida, history says they have at good shot a winning. UF won the first two such matches in 1986 and 1987. But Tennessee has won the last six since then.
- Tennessee has defeated the Gators thirteen times over the years, and eight of those wins were in the state of Florida: six times in Gainesville (1984, 1989, 2004 twice, 2011, 2012), and once in both Tallahassee (1978) and Pensacola (1988).
- The first time UT faced a ranked Florida team was 1991 — and the Gators have amazingly been ranked in every Tennessee game since then!
- The Vols have only defeated a top five opponent twice: #2 Penn State and #4 Florida in 2005.
- Florida coach Mary Wise and Tennessee coach Rob Patrick are the two longest serving coaches at a single SEC school in league history. This season Patrick joins Wise as the only coaches to reach the 20-year mark. (Note how carefully I worded this one! Fran Flory has coached in the SEC for 24 years but at two different schools. Laurie Corbelli has been at Texas A&M for 24 years but only 5 of them were in the SEC.)
LONGEST TIME COACHING IN SEC AT A SINGLE SCHOOL Mary Wise Florida 1991- 26 years Rob Patrick Tennessee 1997- 20 years Fran Flory LSU 1998- 19 years John Blair Mississippi 1986-2001 16 years Judy Green Alabama 1996-2010 15 years
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Vols fall to Gamecocks in five
Tennesse fought hard in their first televised match of the year but fell just short vs South Carolina (24-26, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13). Erica Treiber and Tessa Grubbs had 17 kills each, while Bri Holmes added 13 more. Raina Hembry put down five blocks, Holmes had 4, and Treiber and Alyssa Andreno had 2 each. Sedona Hansen earned another double-double with 52 assists and 16 digs. Brooke Schumacher dug up 15 balls and Bridgette Villano contributed 13 more.
Tennessee led the match in kills, assists, and digs, while SC led in aces and blocks.
The 11 service errors tonight were the 11th most by UT in the rally-scoring era. This was the third time this season the team has had 14 or more missed serves in a match.
After going a perfect 3-0 last season in five-set matches, Tennessee has lost both they’ve played in this season.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
2016 Match Notes: at South Carolina
Tennessee has a mid-week nationally televised match at South Carolina on Wednesday night. They’ll then take on Florida in Gainesville on Sunday. These notes will focus on the first match of the week with a follow-up on Saturday for the next match.
- UT is 37-28 vs South Carolina all-time. The team is 7-3 in their last ten meetings and 6-4 in their last ten meetings in Columbia.
- SC was undefeated and #49 in last week’s PrepVolleyball Top 50, before a loss to Missouri knocked them out of the rankings.
- Tennessee is scheduled to play in 7 televised matches this season, which ties 2005 for the most UT appearances in one year. (In 2005, five of the matches were regular season games while two were NCAA Tournament matches.)
- The Vols are 25-37 in televised matches since 2001, and 1-3 in televised matches vs the Gamecocks.
- Tennessee is 15-17 in Wednesday matches since 2001, and 4-2 in Wednesday matches vs South Carolina.
- After the SC match, the Vols will have played two-thirds of their matches to-date on the road.
- Half of UT’s matches this season have been decided in three sets. The team is 5-2 in those games, 5-1 in four-set matches, and lost their only five-set match so far.
- Tennessee’s official notes are online.