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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Vols defeat Mizzou

Tennessee picked up win #10 of the season with a four-set victory over Missouri (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21). More tonight.

The Vols were led by Erica Treiber who had 15 kills, 8 blocks, and hit .519. Alyssa Andreno was right with her knocking down 12 kills and 6 blocks, while hitting .550. Breana Jeter had 6 blocks. And Tessa Grubbs had 7 kills. Sedona Hansen had 24 assists and 13 digs. Callie Williams added 17 more assists for the team. Brooke Schumacher had 11 digs.

Tennessee earned a convincing win today despite only leading in two major categories: hitting percentage and blocks, two categories they have done well in all season.

UT had another low hitting error day with just 16 to Mizzou’s 30. Tennessee’s season high this year in just 23 — and that was in the first match of the year.

Sedona Hansen picked up career double-double 27 this afternoon, moving her into 6th place at UT in double-doubles notched during rally scoring matches.

The Lady Vols’ 14 blocks were the 20th most for the team in a four-set match since 2001.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tennessee defeats Georgia in five

With a dominating fifth set performance, the Lady Vols get the win at Georgia (15-25, 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 15-5). Stephanie Buss, who had 15 kills this season coming into the match, put down 16 vs the Bulldogs. She hit .387 and had 4 blocks. Tessa Grubbs had 13 kills. Erica Treiber had 8 kills, hit .467, and had 6 blocks. And Madison Coulter had 7 kills. Alyssa Andreno had 4 blocks and Breana Jeter added 3 more. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 37 assists and 11 digs. Callie Williams put up 21 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 26 balls.

In the rally scoring era, UT has only held one team to fewer than 5 points in a fifth set. This was Tennessee’s first true road win since October 2016. The team had not played back-to-back-to-back five-set matches since 2012.



2017 Match Notes: at Georgia and vs Missouri

Tennessee looks to get back on track this week at Georgia and hosting Missouri. Notes will be lighter (and later!) than nornmal this week due to some personal obligations.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 45-27 all-time vs Georgia. The Vols won the only meeting last season. The teams are 7-3 in their last ten meetings, and 6-4 in their last ten in Athens. UT looks to continue a three-match winning streak.

    Tennessee is 2-8 all-time vs Missouri. The Vols won the only meeting last season. The teams are 1-3 in Knoxville. UT hopes to halt a six-match losing streak.

    Seven of the last ten meeting vs Georgia have been sweeps — 5 for the Vols and 2 for the Bulldogs.

    Tennessee has two wins vs Mizzou — a 3-2 win in 2012 and a 3-1 win in 2005. The Lady Vols have yet to sweep MU.

    UT is looking for their first win in a televised match this season. The team is 7-3 in matches vs UGA on TV since 2001.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • GEORGIA BULLDOGS
    12-7, 2-4 SEC
    Wednesday, October 11, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // ESPNU // LIVE STATS
    MISSOURI TIGERS
    11-7, 4-1 SEC
    Sunday, October 15, 1:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS


    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    UT falls to Tide

    Tennessee dropped another nail-biter, this time losing to Alabama 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-9). More soon.

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs had 19 kills. Madison Coulter earned her first career double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. She and Erica Treiber led the match with 5 blocks each. Sedona Hansen picked up career double-double number 25 with 30 assists and 15 digs. Callie Williams put up 22 assists. Brooke Schumacher’s 28 digs were the 31st most in a match at UT all-time. And Asha Phillips dug up an additional 11 balls.

    For the third match in a row, Tennessee out-hit their opponent in a losing effort. The Vols had just 22 hitting errors vs Alabama (and Auburn too) — the 11th fewest in a five-set match in the rally scoring era. UT’s 90 team digs were the 23rd most since 2001.



    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Vols lose in five to Auburn

    Tennessee lost a nail-biter to Auburn this evening (25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-11). It was their first home loss and first five-set loss of the year. More soon.

    UPDATE: Erica Treiber led the Vols in kills and blocks with 16 and 7 respectively. Tessa Grubbs had 14 kills and 4 blocks. Alyssa Andreno had 9 kills and 5 blocks. Callie Williams put up 24 assists. Sedona Hansen earned her 24th career double-double with 16 assists and a team-leading 27 digs (the 41st most in a match in school history). Brooke Schumacher picked up her first ever double-double with 18 digs and 10 assists. And Kanisha Jimenez added 14 digs.

    For the second match in a row, UT outhit their opponent in a loss. The team held Auburn to .174. Tennessee’s single ace was the fewest in a five-set match since 2014.

    Auburn’s Jessie Earl had 36 digs in the match — the most ever by a Tennessee opponent.



    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    2017 Match Notes: vs Auburn and Alabama

    The Alabama schools head to Knoxville this week as Tennessee takes on Auburn this Wednesday and the Crimson Tide on Sunday.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 30-18-1 all-time vs Auburn. The Vols won the only meeting last season. The teams are 5-5 in their last ten meetings, and 7-3 in their last ten in Knoxville.

    Tennessee is 35-16 all-time vs Alabama. The Vols won the only meeting last season. The teams are 6-4 in their last ten meetings, and 7-3 in their last ten in Knoxville.

    Five-set matches between these teams are relatively rare. Since 2001, only two games vs Alabama were decided 3-2 — the last was in 2006. Only three games with Auburn have gone to five in that time period.

    The Tigers are starting to make a push in the rankings. Auburn is #40 in the RichKern.com poll, #38 in the Pablo Rankings, and #21 in the RPI.

    The Vols are 0-2 in televised matches this season. They’ve only played Auburn once before on TV since 2001, a sweep loss in 2015.

    This Wednesday’s match is Dig Pink night. Tennessee has held a Dig for the Cure/Dig Pink match every year since 2008. In previous years the team — clad in those iconic pink jerseys — raised money with auctions of UT volleyball items, pledged donations per dig, fans raising money per minute on a treadmill, and other games and events before and during the match. But in the past two years or so, there have been some cutbacks: no pink jerseys, no big fundraisers, and not much promotion or followup. No matter whether the plans are big or small, though, it’s the cause that is the most important aspect of Dig Pink night — breast cancer awareness and support for people with the disease. The table below has the stats for the past ten years of Dig Pink matches, including the amount raised during the games. In the first seven years of the event, the team and fans contributed over $10,000. This year’s opponent is Auburn, a team they have faced during three previous Dig Pink matches. The Lady Vols are 6-3 overall.

    UT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH MATCHES
    2008 Auburn W 3-0 $1000+
    2009 Auburn W 3-0 $1000+
    2010 Auburn W 3-0 $1300+
    2011 Alabama W 3-0 $2650+
    2012 Missouri W 3-2 $1600+
    2013 Arkansas L 1-3 $1800+
    2014 Kentucky L 0-3 $ total not
    announced
    2015 Florida L 0-3
    2016 Mississippi W 3-0
    2017 Auburn
  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • This week’s AVCA Coaches Poll

    The first official RPI of the season is out. The Lady Vols rank 61st.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • AUBURN TIGERS
    10-3, 3-1 SEC
    Wednesday, October 4, 8:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK // LIVE STATS
    ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
    12-5, 1-3 SEC
    Sunday, October 8, 1:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS (updated)
    aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.23
    184
    9
    12.92
    50
    4
    1.48
    301
    13
    15.79
    86
    3
    13.71
    54
    4
    .226
    94
    8
    .170
    49
    3
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.17
    215
    11
    11.52
    187
    11
    2.88
    15
    3
    14.52
    176
    5
    12.52
    166
    11
    .236
    69
    7
    .175
    72
    5
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.39
    107
    4
    11.02
    237
    13
    2.63
    31
    4
    15.37
    117
    4
    12.05
    219
    12
    .189
    197
    12
    .173
    63
    4


  • Sunday, October 1, 2017

    UT loses tight four-set match at SC

    Tennessee and South Carolina played a fairly even match statistically, but the Gamecocks get the win 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 25-17). Alyssa Andreno led the team with 16 kills while hitting .583. Kanisha Jimenez had 11 kills. Erica Treiber had 10 kills and no errors to hit .417. She also led the match in blocks with 8. Jimenez contributed 5 — including 2 solos. And Breana Jeter put down 4. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 26 assists and 15 digs. Callie Willaims put up 23 assists. Brooke Schumacher dug up 16 balls.

    The Lady Vols outhit South Carolina, had over 2.5 times the team blocks, and had more statistical points, while tying the Gamecocks in aces and digs.

    Tennessee hit .306 in the match, their 3rd highest percentage in a loss in the rally scoring era. They also had 8 more team blocks, the 6th biggest advantage in blocks the team has had in a loss since 2001.



    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Vols fall to top team in the nation

    Tennessee was swept by #1 Florida in Gainesville this evening (25-17, 25-18, 25-19). Erica Treiber had 10 kills. Alyssa Andreno had 7. Sedona Hansen put up 23 assists. Asha Phillips led the team with 10 digs. The Vols had a season-low 3.5 team blocks. UT held the Gators to a .252 hitting percentage, their third-lowest of the year — only Nebraska and Texas held them lower.



    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    2017 Match Notes: at Florida and at South Carolina

    Tennessee is on the road this week with matches at Florida and South Carolina.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 13-48-1 all-time vs Florida. The Gators won both meetings last season. The teams are 3-7 in their last ten meetings, and 2-8 in their last ten in Gainesville. The Lady Vols are hoping to snap a six-match losing streak.

    Tennessee is 37-29 all-time vs South Carolina. The Gamecocks won the only meeting last season in five. The teams are 6-4 in their last ten meetings, and 5-5 in their last ten in Columbus.

    UT will be facing a #1 team for the 7th time in school history and looking for their first upset. The first #1 team Tennessee faced was Hawaii in 1982, the inaugural year of the poll.

    Florida has reached #1 in the poll three times in their history — 1996, 2010, and 2017 — and the Vols have played them while they held the top spot each time.

    TENNESSEE VERSUS #1
    Hawaii 1982 L 2-1
    Hawaii 1983 L 3-0
    Pacific 1984 L 3-0
    Florida 1996 L 3-1
    Nebraska 2007 L 3-0
    Florida 2010 L 3-0
    Florida 2017 ?

    Four teams have held the #1 spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll this season, and as of this Friday the Vols will have faced two of them. The other is Minnesota who was #2 when UT played them but held the top spot for three weeks.

    UF is one of just two teams in the country with 4 wins over top 20 opponents.

    UT’s last two matches vs #1 were televised — this one will not be.

    The head coaches of Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina have all celebrated milestone wins in 2017. Rob Patrick earned win #400 at UT, Mary Wise got win #800 with the Gators, and in his last match, Scott Swanson reached win #100 with the Gamecocks.

    SC is 6-0 in three-set matches this year, but only 2-5 when the match goes to four or five sets.

    Tennessee is 1-4 in their last five televised matched vs South Carolina.

  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • This week’s AVCA Coaches Poll

    The Lady Vols are doing relatively well in a couple of recent ranking systems. The team started the season at #74 in the Pablo Rankings but is currently up to #53. And in an early look at the unofficial RPI, UT stands at #50.

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • FLORIDA GATORS
    9-0, 1-0 SEC
    Friday, September 29, 7:00pm ET
    Gainesville FL // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
    SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
    8-5, 1-0 SEC
    Sunday, October 1, 1:00pm ET
    Columbus SC // SEC NETWORK // LIVE STATS
  • NATIONAL & CONFERENCE STATISTICAL RANKS
    aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    hitting
    percent
    opp hit
    percent
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.27
    161
    8
    12.88
    58
    6
    3.02
    10
    1
    16.79
    37
    2
    13.82
    49
    5
    .272
    23
    2
    .141
    13
    1
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.18
    210
    10
    11.44
    194
    12
    2.97
    13
    2
    14.26
    193
    6
    12.41
    175
    11
    .242
    66
    7
    .156
    25
    2
    STAT
    NCAA
    SEC
    1.35
    113
    7
    11.71
    161
    9
    2.47
    55
    6
    13.45
    257
    11
    12.49
    167
    10
    .264
    36
    4
    .178
    81
    7


  • Sunday, September 24, 2017

    UT defeats MSU

    Tennessee earned their first conference win of 2017 with a 3-1 win over Mississippi State (25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-11). More tonight

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs had 20 kills on 40 attacks, hitting .475. Kendra Turner had 14 kills and hit .500. And Erica Treiber had 9 kills while also hitting .500. Alyssa Andreno led the team with 6 blocks. Treiber had 4, while Grubbs and Turner added 3 more each.Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 28 assists and 13 digs. Callie Williams put up 25 assists. And Brooke Schumacher dug up 16 balls.

    UT hit .367 as a team, their highest hitting percentage vs an SEC opponent since 2012.

    UT STORY & STATS



    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Four UT recruits named 2017 Senior Aces

    PrepVolleyball has released their annual Senior Aces list of the best 250 USA-based recruits in the high school class of 2018. The Vols have four future players honored this year. (Only the top 100 players are ranked, with the next 150 being grouped together.)

    Emma Schriner (a 6’3” OH/MB from Williamsburg VA) is UT’s highest ranked recruit on the list at #60, followed by #96 Danielle Mahaffey (a 6’1” RS/OH from Cincinnati OH), #98 Lily Felts (a 5’10” OH from Knoxville TN), and Rocky Perinar (a 6’0” OH from Illinois) who didn’t make the ranked 100 but was named one of 25 players in the group of 150 who just missed making that cut.

    Also of note, of the three players from the state of Tennessee to make the list of the best 250 recruits in the country, two are from Knoxville: UT recruit Felts of Berean Christian and, almost topping the list at #4, Nicklin Hames (a 5-11 S) from Webb who will play for Nebraska.

    The Vols currently have six players on the squad who earned Senior Aces honors while in high school: Sedona Hansen, Keyton Kinley, Mackenzie Cooler, Erica Treiber, Olivia Schwamberger, and Callie Williams.



    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Vols drop SEC opener in Arkansas

    Tennessee was swept by Arkansas (25-17, 25-19, 25-21) in the first conference match of the season. More soon.

    UPDATE: Kendra Turner led the team in kills with 10. Tessa Grubbs had 8 while hitting .538. Tennessee out-blocked the Razorbacks, with Alyssa Andreno leading the way with 6 and Erica Treiber just behind with 5. Brooke Schumacher had 8 digs. Sedona Hansen had 18 assists while Callie Williams added in 10 more.



    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    2017 Match Notes: at Arkansas and vs Mississippi State

    Tennessee begins the SEC portion of their schedule with a mid-week televised match at Arkansas before returning home on Sunday to face Mississippi State.

  • MATCH NOTES
  • Tennessee is 19-19 all-time vs Arkansas. The two teams split their meetings last season with the Vols getting a 3-1 win in Knoxville and the Razorbacks getting a sweep in Fayetteville. The teams are 5-5 in their last ten meetings, and 7-3 in their last ten in Arkansas.

    Tennessee is 43-12 all-time vs Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won both meetings last season. The teams are 5-5 in their last ten meetings, and 8-2 in their last ten in Knoxville.

    The Lady Vols are 18-21 when facing their first conference opponent of the year.

    This will be the only time UT plays both these teams this season.

    Tennessee has had a string of bad luck in televised games since 2013, losing 21 out of 22. But they have since won their last two in a row.

    Today’s notes feature a recap of UT’s statistical rankings and top performances to date during their out-of-conference schedule. You can check those out at the end of this article.

  • LINKS OF INTEREST
  • This week’s AVCA Coaches Poll

    Daily Beacon weekend recap

    Tennessee Journalist weekend recap

  • MATCH SCHEDULE
  • ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
    2017: 10-2 // 2016: 9-21, 7-11 SEC
    Wednesday, September 20, 9:00pm ET
    Fayetteville AR // ESPNU
    MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
    2017: 9-6 // 2016: 14-18, 6-12 SEC
    Sunday, September 24, 1:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // SEC NETWORK+ // LIVE STATS
  • 2017 RANKINGS & TOP PERFORMANCES TO DATE


    NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 329)
    aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    attacks
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    UT
    hitting
    opponent
    hitting
    142 222 206 16 183 190 81 17

    SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 13)
    aces
    per set
    assists
    per set
    attacks
    per set
    blocks
    per set
    digs
    per set
    kills
    per set
    UT
    hitting
    opponent
    hitting
    7 12 7 2 6 12 7 2

    NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 150 ranked)
    Alyssa Andreno blocks per set 64
    hitting percentage 90
    Brooke Schumacher digs per set 53
    Erica Treiber blocks per set 34
    hitting percentage 39

    SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 10 ranked)
    Alyssa Andreno blocks per set 6
    hitting percentage 8
    Kanisha Jimenez aces per set 7
    Brooke Schumacher digs per set 2
    Erica Treiber blocks per set 5
    hitting percentage 4

    CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded in 2017)
    Alyssa Andreno blocks (solo) 3 (vs Western Michigan)
    blocks (assists) 8 (vs Western Michigan)
    blocks (total) 11 (vs Western Michigan)
    Stephanie Buss blocks (assists) 7 (vs Furman)
    blocks (total) 7 (vs Furman)
    Sedona Hansen aces 3 (vs Wofford)
    Kanisha Jimenez assists 5 (vs UTSA)
    aces 5 (vs Furman)
    blocks (assists) 7 (vs Furman)
    blocks (total) 8 (vs Furman)
    Brooke Schumacher digs 36 (vs UTSA)
    Erica Treiber aces 3 (vs GWU & WMU)
    blocks (assists) 10 (vs Furman)
    blocks (total) 10 (vs Furman)
    Kendra Turner attacks 52 (vs UTSA)

    2017 SEASON HIGHS
    aces Kanisha Jimenez 5 (vs Furman)
    Callie Williams 5 (vs USC Upstate)
    assists Sedona Hansen 29 (vs USC Upstate)
    attacks Kendra Turner 52 (vs UTSA)
    blocks (solo) Alyssa Andreno 3 (vs Western Michigan)
    blocks (assists) Erica Treiber 10 (vs Furman)
    blocks (total) Alyssa Andreno 11 (vs Western Michigan)
    kills Kendra Turner 17 (vs UTSA)
    points Kendra Turner 20.5 (vs UTSA)
    hitting percentage Erica Treiber .800 (vs Wofford)

    TEAM MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2017)
    10th most blocks (assists) 32 (vs Furman)
    10th most blocks (total) 19 (vs Furman)
    17th most aces 9 (vs Wofford)
    22nd most blocks (solo) 4 (vs Western Michigan)

    INDIVIDUAL MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2017)
    Alyssa Andreno 3rd most blocks (solo) 3 (vs Western Michigan)
    11th most blocks (total) 11 (vs Western Michigan)
    Kanisha Jimenez 8th most aces 5 (vs Furman)
    Brooke Schumacher 5th most digs 36 (vs UTSA)
    Erica Treiber 10th most hitting percentage .800 (vs Wofford)
    10th most blocks (assists) 10 (vs Furman)
    17th most blocks (total) 10 (vs Furman)
    Callie Williams 8th most aces 5 (vs USC Upstate)



  • Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Tennessee takes tourney title

    201709-treiber-1UT won the Rocky Top Invitational after a five-set win vs Furman (20-25, 25-10, 22-25, 25-23, 15-7). More soon.

    UPDATE: Lots of personal bests tonight. Breana Jeter had 9 kills and a career-high 7 digs. Alyssa Andreno had 8 kills and 8 blocks. Kanisha Jimenez had 8 kills, 8 blocks, 11 digs, and a career-high 5 aces. Erica Treiber had 7 kills and a career-high 10 blocks. Stephanie Buss put down a career-high 7 blocks. Sedona Hansen had 21 assists and 9 digs. Callie Williams put up 15 assists. And Brooke Schumacher dug up 14 balls.

    Tennessee’s 16 hitting errors was the fewest in a five-set match in the rally-scoring era. Furman’s 41 were the fourth most by a UT opponent in that time. Tennessee had 19 team blocks, good for the 10th best since 2001.

    This was the first five-set match in the rally-scoring era where no Tennessee player reached double-digit kills.

    Andreno and Jeter were named to the All-Tournament Team while Treiber was named MVP.

    UT STORY & STATS



    UT takes down Upstate

    Tennessee gets their second win of the weekend with a 3-1 win over USC Upstate (25-12, 25-17, 24-26, 25-16). More tonight.

    Alyssa Andreno had 13 kills, hit .545, and had 5 blocks. Erica Treiber put down 12 kills while hitting .632. Kendra Turner had 9 kills, Kanisha Jimenez had 8, and Tessa Grubbs and Breana Jeter had 7 each. Stephanie Spencer hit .500 on 8 attacks. Sedona Hansen picked up a double-double with 29 assists and 13 digs. Callie Williams was just behind with 28 assists and 8 digs. Brooke Schumacher dug up 19 balls and Jimenez added 11 more.

    The team hit .333, their best outing since the end of last September. Five players hit .333 or better — only two matches in the rally scoring era had more. Upstate’s 2 team blocks were the 10th fewest by a UT opponent since 2001.

    UT STORY & STATS