Saturday, September 8, 2018

San Diego sweeps Lady Vols

Tennessee played the #16 team in the country close, but couldn’t avoid the sweep, losing to San Diego 25-19, 25-21, 25-18.

Erica Treiber led the team with 9 kills and hitting .571. Tessa Grubbs had 7. Freshman Rocky Perinar impressed in her collegiate debut, leading the team in blocks with 5. Treiber and Addisyn Rowe added 3 more each. Sedona Hansen had 14 assists; Callie Williams had 13. Brooke Schumacher had 9 digs.

San Diego’s Kaity Edwards hit .750 (10-1-12) for the match — the fourth highest hitting percentage by a UT opponent with double digit attacks since 2001.

This was the first match since 2015 where no Tennessee player reached double digits in kills and digs.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

2018 Match Notes: at San Diego

The Lady Vols make just about one of the longest road trips you can make this weekend, heading to California to face the University of San Diego in two matches in successive days.

  • Tennessee and San Diego are meeting for the first time.
  • The Lady Vols are 3-1 vs West Coast Conference teams since 2001.
  • The team is heading to California for the first time since 2006. Their last match in the state was a 3-1 loss to USC. However, in the rally-scoring era UT is 7-2 in matches played in the state.
  • Tennessee will play San Diego in back to back matches. The last time the Lady Vols played a non-conference opponent twice in the same year was 2005, when they lost to Missouri in the first month of the season before defeating them in the NCAA Tournament on their way to the Final Four. The last time the team scheduled a non-conference opponent twice in the same regular season was 1995, when they played both St. Mary’s (CA) and Arizona State in back to back days.
  • Like UT head coach Eve Rackham, San Diego coach Jennifer Petrie is a former North Carolina assistant coach, serving from 1994 to 1997.
  • San Diego is 1-3, but Tennessee will be the first unranked team the Toreros have faced this year. They lost to #10 UCLA and #17 Washington twice, and defeated #12 Baylor.
  • After losing to the last five ranked teams they played (all in sweeps), the Lady Vols finally ended that streak earlier this season with a 3-1 win over #22 Michigan State. The last time UT had a two win winning streak against ranked opponents was 2012.
2018: 1-3
2017: 25-5, 17-1 WCC
Friday, September 7, 10:00pm ET
Saturday, September 8, 10:00pm ET
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ETSU rallies past Tennessee

201807-grubbs-1The Lady Vols led ETSU 1 set to 0, then 2 sets to 1, and finally 7-0 in the fifth set. But the Buccaneers rallied back each time finally earning a hard fought win over UT (21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12). More tomorrow.

UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs carried the Tennessee offense with a career high 25 kills — the only player on the team with double digits. Her performance also ranks as the 58th most kills in a match all time at UT. Madison Coulter and Erica Treiber had 8 kills. Addisyn Rowe had 7 while hitting .600. Treiber had 9 blocks and Danielle Mahaffey added 7 more. Brooke Schumacher dug up 23 attacks. Callie Williams had 28 assists. Sedona Hansen picked up career double-double #35 with 23 assists and 14 digs. That moves her in to 5th place in rally-scoring era double-doubles.

ETSU has now won two matches in a row over the Lady Vols for the first time since 1975.

Going back to last season, UT has now lost the last 4 five-set matches they’ve played.

This was just the 4th loss to a fellow state school the team has had in the past 20 years.


Monday, September 3, 2018

2018 Match Notes: at ETSU

The Lady Vols are taking a drive up I-81 this Tuesday to Johnson City to face in-state rival ETSU.

  • UT volleyball started 60 years ago, in 1958, when a team of women from Tennessee traveled to Johnson City to compete in a tournament held at ETSU.
  • Tennessee is 28-6 all time vs the Buccaneers. Their first recorded meeting was in 1973. Their last meeting was a 3-1 loss for UT — the team’s first loss in the series since 1978.
  • UT has no recorded loss to ETSU when playing in Johnson City.
  • The Lady Vols are 16-1 vs the Southern Conference in the rally-scoring era.
  • Against other schools from the state of Tennessee, UT is 138-29-4 all time.
  • ETSU is playing the Vols three times in three different sports this week: volleyball on Tuesday, soccer on Thursday, and football on Saturday.
  • A win over ETSU on Tuesday would mark the 900th win in program history. But there is one major caveat: the Tennessee record book is missing a lot of games. This is no secret. In the year-by-year results section, three of the five years from 1973 to 1977 explicitly say “records for the season are incomplete”. Also, if you look at the year-by-year coaching results page you’ll notice there are no records listed at all for any year between 1958 and 1972.

    Some of these missing matches are known. In a previous article, I wrote about those first missing 15 years and listed around 40 games the team played prior to 1972 — probably just a sliver of the actual matches they competed in. In a more recent year, the UT record book has the team 7-11-3 in 1977 with the “incomplete” note added. I have (also probably incomplete) results that have them around 18-19-5 that year. This isn’t meant to criticize the UT record book at all! (This site wouldn’t be here without it!) When the school started compiling it way back when, they rightly listed the results they had the best, most solid information on.

    It’s great to be able to celebrate milestones, to remember the past and look how far you’ve come. And to do that you need a set foundation of historical matches to base the numbers on. That’s what the record book provides. So please, let’s celebrate the 900th recorded win in school history, and keep in mind all the Lady Vols it represents and those that represented Tennessee before the count started as well.

  • Notes from Tennessee and ETSU are online.
    2018: 5-1 // 2017: 19-12, 12-4 SoCon
    Tuesday, September 4, 7:00pm ET
    Johnson City TN // Online Stream // Live Stats

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tennessee sweeps ISU

UT earned victory number six of 2018 with a sweep of Indiana State (25-19, 26-24, 25-20). More tonight.

UPDATE: Danielle Mahaffey was the only Lady Vol with double digit kills, with 11 on 20 attacks for a .450 hitting percentage. Tessa Grubbs had 9, Addison Rowe had 8, hitting .500. Erica Treiber had 5 blocks, while Breana Jeter, Rowe, and Mahaffey had 3 each. Sedona Hansen led the setter with 22 assists; Callie Williams had 10. Brooke Schumacher scooped up 14 digs, while Giana Pellixxon had 10, and Williams added 9.

Tennessee won the tournament, with three Lady Vols getting awards. Treiber and Schumacher were named to the tournament team. Lily Felts was named tourney MVP.

UT is 6-0 for the first time since 2015. Since 1978, the team has started 6-0 just five other times: 1979, 1986, 2004, 2010, 2015.

Felts is the first Lady Vol to earn MVP honors at at regular season tournament since Yuliya Stoyanova in 2004.


UT gets past North Florida

Tennessee fought off a feisty North Florida squad, getting a win in four (25-12, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15). More soon.

UPDATE: Lily Felts handily led both teams in kills with 18. She had 4 blocks and just missed out on a double double with 9 digs. Tessa Grubbs put down 11 kills and also had 4 blocks. Erica Treiber had 10 kills while hitting .529. She led the match with 9 blocks — only she and Alyssa Andreno have reached that many in a single match since 2015.

Callie Williams put up 23 assists and Sedona Hansen added 20 more. Brooke Schumacher dug up 26 balls — that’s the 56 most in a game in school history, and the 20th most in a four-set match.

Williams has 8 aces through the first five matches of the year for 0.47 aces per set. If she were to keep that pace up through the entire season, she’d be the first Lady Vol since 2001 to crack into a UT season aces top ten list.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Lady Vols hand Winthrop a loss

UT swept Winthrop (25-13, 25-24, 25-17) in their first match of the Rocky Top Invitational. More soon.

UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs had 12 kills on 30 attacks, hitting .300, while Erica Treiber had 10 kills hitting .333. Treiber put down 5 blocks and Breana Jeter added 4 more. Sedona Hansen had 20 assists. Callie Williams put up 15 assists and had the only 3 aces of the match. Brooke Schumacher had 18 digs, Hansen just missed the double double with 9.

Schumacher’s 18 digs moved her into the UT all time career digs top ten list with 1,121.

Tennessee held the Eagles to a .000 hitting percentage — the second time they’ve done that to an opponent in the four matches played so far this season.

The Lady Vols have won their last three matches in sweeps — the first time they’ve had three in a row since 2012.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

UT recruits named to 2019 Senior Aces list

PrepVolleyball has announced their Senior Aces, a list of the top 250 volleyball recruits in the Class of 2019 and several future Lady Vols have been honored. The list is comprised of a ranked top 100, 25 people who just missed that cut, and then the next 125 unsorted.

Kailey Keeble, a 5’8″ setter from Heritage High School in Maryville TN, is ranked at #64. PrepVolleyball says of her: “A great floor leader… a fast and agile player with great court awareness and a plethora of outstanding skills… one of the best attackers in East Tennessee… sure to be a spark and fan favorite at Tennessee from her first moment at Rocky Top.”

Making the just-missed-the-top-100 list are Morgahn Fingall, a 6’0″ right side hitter from Chantilly VA, and Kora “Travel” Morris, a 6’3″ middle from Spring TX.

And lastly, Emily Merrick, a 6’4″ middle from Flower Mound TX, made the cut for the top 250.

(Also, congrats to two local high schoolers going elsewhere who made the list: #43 Kayleigh Hames from Webb who will play for Pepperdine, and Caroline Bower from Farragut who’s heading to College of Charleston.)

Tennessee currently has six players who were named Senior Aces during their final year of high school: Sedona Hansen, Danielle Mahaffey, Lily Felts, Erica Treiber, Callie Williams, and Raquel Perinar.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2018 Match Notes: Rocky Top Invitational

It’s Alumni Weekend! The Lady Vols host the Rocky Top Invitational with Winthrop, North Florida, and Indiana State coming to Knoxville.

  • Tennessee is 3-2 all time vs Winthrop. The last meeting was a UT sweep in 2003. All the other meetings were in the early 1970s.

    Tennessee is 1-0 all time vs North Florida. The only meeting between the teams was a 3-1 UT win in 2015.

    Tennessee is 1-0 all time vs Indiana State. The only meeting between the teams was a 2-0 UT win in 1977.

    Since 2001, UT is 5-1 vs the Big South, 11-1 vs the Atlantic Sun, and 3-2 vs the Missouri Valley Conference.

    A win over Winthrop would be UT’s 50th win all time in the month of August. Right now the team is 49-7.

    This tournament features a full roster of coaches just starting out in the lead job. Tennessee is Eve Rackham’s first head coaching position. Winthrop’s Chuck Rey just started his first season as a head coach. North Florida’s Kristen Wright is in her first year as a head coach at the NCAA level. And Indiana State’s Lindsay Allman is the old-timer of the group, having just started her second year as a head coach.

    Former Indiana State head coach from 2003-2007 Julie Krofcheck currently resides in Knoxville, married to former Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick.

  • There’s an interesting (but really just-for-fun) feature on the stats section you might want to check out: on the page that lists UT’s all time season records, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see an extrapolation of where current Lady Vols might stand at the end of the season at their current rate for comparison. For example, Brooke Schumacher had 34 digs in the three matches played so far this year. If she were to remain at that pace in the 27 matches remaining on the schedule, she would have 340 digs at regular season’s end — good enough to make the UT all time top 30 for season digs.

    A voucher for free admission to the Winthrop match is available on UT’s promotions page. Also be sure to note while there that kids 12 and under can get in free to both Saturday matches.

    2018: 0-4 // 2017: 18-14, 8-8 Big South
    Friday, August 31, 7:00pm ET
    Knoxville TN // Online Stream // Live Stats
    2018: 0-3 // 2017: 13-19, 5-9 ASUN
    Saturday, September 1, 12:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // Online Stream // Live Stats
    2018: 2-1 // 2017: 11-21, 8-10 MVC
    Saturday, September 1, 7:30pm ET
    Knoxville TN // Online Stream // Live Stats

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Tennessee getting some notice in the rankings

    After an upset of the #22 team in the country and two other wins to start the season 3-0, the Lady Vols are beginning to get a little notice in the various rankings.

    • In the AVCA Coaches Poll, Tennessee is receiving votes and is an unofficial #37! The last time UT was mentioned in the coaches poll was 2012 when they started the season #15 and ended the year an unofficial #32.
    • In the Pablo Ranking (where teams start the season ranked where they ended the previous year), UT moved up from 72nd to 59th this week.
    • In PrepVolleyball’s newly reconfigured Top 64 (which projects which 64 teams might make the NCAA Tournament field and then ranks them), the Lady Vols went from not making the cut to #38 this week.
    • And in the poll, Tennessee jumps into the list receiving votes at #40.

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    UT defeats Mocs to take tourney title

    201803-mvp-1The Lady Vols won a three set match over Chattanooga (25-17, 25-12, 24-15), clinching the Tennessee Classic tournament title. More tonight.

    Lily Felts led the match with 13 kills while hitting .600. Tessa Grubbs had 11 kills. Erica Treiber had 7 and hit .500. And Breanna Jeter and Danielle Mahaffey put down 5 each while hitting .500 and .308 respectively. Addison Rowe had 5 blocks, and Treiber and Mahaffey added 3 each. Callie Williams and Sedona Hansen matched each other with 17 assists each. Brooke Schumacher pulled up 15 digs, and Felts and Giana Pellizzon added 7 more each.

    The victory moves UT’s current win streak over UTC to 16 in a row, the longest current active winning streak Tennessee has against an opponent.

    The Lady Vols hit .386 as a team, their highest percentage since September 2016.

    On the weekend, UT outhit their opponents .281 to .107.

    Treiber was named the Tournament MVP while Felts and Grubbs were named to the All-Tournament Team.


    Tennessee sweeps Belmont

    The Lady Vols got a 3-0 win over in-state rival Belmont this afternoon (24-16, 25-14, 25-11). More tonight.

    UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs tripled the team leader in kills for Belmont, getting down 15. She hit .333 and had 3 blocks. Her kills, attacks (33), and blocks numbers were all three-set career highs. Erica Treiber had 8 kills while hitting .538. And Addisyn Rowe had 7 kills, 3 blocks, and hit .500. Sedona Hansen picked up her second double double in as many games with 19 assists and 11 digs. Callie Williams had 9 assists and 3 aces. Brooke Schumacher dug up 11 balls.


    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Smokey stuns Sparty

    201801-felts-1The Lady Vols won new head coach Eve Rackham’s first career game, upsetting 22nd ranked Michigan State 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23). Much more tonight!

    UPDATE: Erica Treiber led Tennessee with a .432 hitting percentage, 4 blocks, and a career high 19 kills. Tessa Grubbs had 15 kills, and freshman Lily Felts in her first collegiate match almost earned a double double with 11 kills and 9 digs. Sedona Hansen put up 28 assists and Callie Williams added 25 more. Madison Coulter wearing the libero jersey had 18 digs and Hansen had 15.

    The Lady Vols won despite having only 5 team blocks to MSU’s 14 — a 9 team block differential, the second widest margin in a UT win in the rally scoring era.

    Tennessee earned their first win over a ranked team since 2016.

    It was their first win over a ranked team to start the season since 1983.

    Rackham continues the tradition of Tennessee coaches winning their debut match — all five school head coaches since 1979 have done so.

    With 2,301 people on hand, tonights match was the 2nd highest attended home match in school history, and the 26th highest attended UT match (home or away) since 2001.

    Since 2013, the Lady Vols have played 29 matches on televison, and this was just their 5th win.


    Opening Day 2018!

    It’s finally the official start of the 2018 season! It’s also the start of a new era with head coach Eve Rackham making her debut tonight on Rocky Top. Here are a few last minute links of interest.

    Tennessee has posted the official match notes for the weekend.

    Don’t forget to download and print your free ticket voucher for tonight’s match vs Michigan State!

    Lady Vol redshirt junior Breana Jeter is featured in an article in today’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

    UT has added metal detectors to the entrances of Thompson Boling Arena, so check out these new rules and maybe get to the game a little earlier than planned.

    The voice of Tennessee volleyball Brian Rice talked with coach Rackham this morning on WNML radio. Listen below:

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    2018 Match Notes: Tennessee Classic

    For the first time in over two decades, a new coach will lead Tennessee on to the court to open the season. Eve Rackham and the Lady Vols will take on #22 Michigan State, Belmont, and Chattanooga here in Knoxville this weekend.

  • In the past 40 years, the Lady Vols are 32-8 in season openers. Tennessee is on a five year season opener winning streak.

    Coincidentally, the team is also 32-8 in home openers during that time frame. The Lady Vols are on a three year winning streak in home openers.

    New Tennessee coaches have had stellar debuts for Rocky Top over the years. Since 1979, four other coaches have taken the reins, and all four won their first season opener. Three out of four won their home opener.

    1979 Bob Bertucci Covenant, 2-0 Chattanooga, 2-0
    1987 Sandy Lynn Memphis, 3-1 Mississippi State, 3-0
    1991 Julie Hermann Chattanooga, 3-0
    1997 Rob Patrick ETSU, 3-1 Pittsburgh, 2-3
    2018 Eve Rackham Michigan State

    The team will face two fellow state schools this weekend. In officially recorded matches in program history, the Lady Vols are 136-29-4 vs other Tennessee teams. In the past 20 years, UT is 23-3. There have only been four seasons when the team didn’t face another Tennessee school, the most recent being last year.

    Tennessee will open the season vs a ranked opponent for the fifth time in school history. They are 1-3 in those matches.

    1983 #9 Arizona State W, 3-1
    1993 #12 Colorado L, 3-0
    2007 #1 Nebraska L, 3-0
    2012 #12 Florida State L, 3-0
    2018 #22 Michigan State

    Tennessee is 0-1 vs Michigan State all time. The only meeting was a 3-2 loss back in 2003.

    Tennessee is 1-0 vs Belmont all time. The only meeting was a sweep win in 2007.

    Tennessee is 15-3-1 vs Chattanooga all time. UT has won the last 15 recorded meetings in a row dating back to 1977.

    In the rally scoring era (since 2001), Tennessee is 5-15 vs Big Ten teams, 10-2 vs Ohio Valley Conference teams, and 15-1 vs Southern Conference teams.

    UT has one player on their roster from the state of Michigan — senior Erica Treiber. Four Spartans played at her club, Michigan Elite.

    Tennessee head coach Eve Rackham and Chattanooga head coach Travis Filar were assistant coaches together for two years at North Carolina from 2009 to 2010. Earlier this year Filar said of Rackham, ” I think she has all the tools to be an outstanding head coach and I believe she will become just that. She’s a great assistant, a great friend and a great leader of young people. She has all the tools that will make her a great head coach… I truly believe she will put Tennessee volleyball back into a national spotlight as they have been there before. She will return them to a great level.”

  • Coach Rackham spoke with WNML’s SportsTalk last week. She discussed: finally getting to see her team play someone else, the most pleasant surprise in her move to Knoxville, what it’s like to move to the head coaching chair, recruiting, staff building, why she chose Tennessee over other opportunities, returning players, newcomers, and more. You can listen to the interview below.

    UT Athletics has posted a story about Coach Rackham, where she talks about how she got into volleyball, who supported her and gave her opportunities along the way, and why Tennessee.

    No, there are no UT players on the list, but there are two SEC opponents, so check out ESPN’s list of 12 players to watch this season.

    The Lady Vols played an exhibition match vs Lipscomb last week.

    The latest edition of the official Tennessee record book is online.

    Be sure to check out the promotions for this weekend’s slate of games — including a link to a voucher for a free ticket to the Michigan State match.

    2017: 23-9, 14-6 Big 10
    Friday, August 24, 8:00pm ET
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    2017: 14-15, 9-7 OVC
    Saturday, August 25, 1:00pm ET
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    2017: 13-18, 6-10 SoCon
    Saturday, August 25, 7:30pm ET
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