The Vols helped celebrate the International Day of the Deaf by welcoming a large group of students from Knoxville’s Tennessee School for the Deaf out to the match, where American Sign Language interpreters were on hand. UT posted a great video yesterday featuring Claudia Coco, Breana Jeter, and Mackenzie Cooler who talk about their studies of ASL, the deaf people in their lives that inspired them to learn more, and why they were excited for the students to come out to the match.
My father worked at TSD for fifteen years. It was always cool when going to the campus to visit, help him with his computer, or bring my kids over for lunch, to get to see the wonderful community they have there. And it was great to see all the Vikings in attendance at the match! Hopefully, this is an event that will become a new tradition at UT.
UPDATE: Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 12 kills while hitting .579. She also had 3 (back-to-back-to-back!) aces in the match. Bri Holmes had 10 kills. Raina Hembry hit .571 with 7 attacks and Alyssa Andreno hit .333 with 9 attacks. Erica Treiber put down 6 blocks, Hembry 5, Kanisha Jiminez 3, and Andreno, Holmes, and Sedona Hansen 2. Hansen put up 35 of the team’s 37 assists. Brooke Schumacher led both teams with 9 digs. Hansen added in 7, Bridgette Villano 6, and Britney Vallez 5.
The Vols hit .333 as a team — the eighth time this season they’ve gone over .300.
They held the Bulldogs to a single ace and 27 digs, both season bests.
Today’s match was the 11th highest attended Tennessee volleyball match in program history with 1,466 on hand.
UPDATE: Bri Holmes had 14 kills, while Tessa Grubbs was right behind with 13. Erica Treiber had 7 blocks, and Holmes added in another 3. Sedona Hansen earned a double-double with 33 assists and 10 digs. Brooke Schumacher had 11 digs.
The Vols had more digs and blocks, the Bulldogs had more aces, and the teams were tied in kills and assists.
This was just the third time in program history Tennessee has been swept by Mississippi State. The other occasions were in 1995 and 2013.
UT hit .278 for the match — the fifth-highest hitting percentage in a loss for the team in the rally scoring era.
The win was the first SEC opener victory for Mississippi State since 2006. It was the third SEC opener loss in a row for Tennessee.
- UT is 43-10 all-time vs Mississippi State, and 7-3 in their last ten meetings.
- UT is 44-27 all-time vs Georgia, and 6-4 in their last ten meetings.
- Since 1978, the Vols are 18-20 in SEC openers — 9-10 under coach Rob Patrick and 9-10 in the years before his arrival.
- The Bulldogs from Starkville started their season 8-6. The Bulldogs of Athens started the season 12-1 before losing their SEC opener on Wednesday to Kentucky.
- Georgia moved into the PrepVolleyball Top 50 Rankings this week at #50.
- It’s been 27 days since the Vols last played in Knoxville. That ties for the longest time between home matches (or the beginning of the season and the first home game) in school history.
LONGEST WAIT FOR A UT REGULAR SEASON HOME MATCH 2016 27 days (August 27 to September 23) 2012 27 days (August 25 to September 21) 2009 26 days (August 30 to September 25) 2015 24 days (September 8 to October 2) 2001 21 days (season open to September 21) 1997 21 days (September 28 to October 19)
- The team in the news: “Tennessee Volleyball spikes towards SEC play” from the Daily Beacon, “Freshmen fast starters for Vols in volleyball” at the News Sentinel.
- Be sure to check out all the promotions Tennessee has available to fans this weekend. (PDF)
- The official site has published their notes package for the MSU game.
- And if you missed it, lots of season-to-date stats were posted here yesterday.
Early season out of conference tournaments are over and the SEC season will get underway this week (though Tennessee does have one more non-conference opponent on the schedule later). We’re already over a third of the way into the season! So this seems like an appropriate time to look into the numbers the team has posted this year so far.
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 329) aces
68 28 234 88 162 23 14 50
SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – TEAM (out of 13) aces
4 2 8 8 5 2 3 5
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 150 ranked) Kelsey Bawcombe aces per set 130 Tessa Grubbs kills per set 91 points per set 90 Sedona Hansen assists per set 11 Erica Treiber hitting percentage 17
SEC STATISTICAL RANKINGS – INDIVIDUAL (top 10-15 ranked) Kelsey Bawcombe aces per set 9 Tessa Grubbs kills per set 7 points per set 7 Sedona Hansen assists per set 2 Raina Hembry blocks per set 12 Bridgette Villano digs per set 4 Erica Treiber hitting percentage 2
CAREER HIGHS (matched or exceeded in 2016) Kelsey Bawcombe aces 5 (vs ULM) Stephanie Buss total blocks 6 (vs Milwaukee) Raina Hembry assists 2 (vs Xavier) digs 5 (vs Eastern Michigan) Bri Holmes attacks 59 (vs Eastern Michigan) digs 9 (vs Western Michigan) hitting percentage .733 (vs ULM) Courtney Mueller assists 6 (vs ULM & Milwaukee) Brooke Schumacher assists 3 (vs Milwaukee) Erica Treiber attacks 31 (vs Cleveland State) aces 3 (vs Cleveland State) digs 8 (vs Cleveland State) solo blocks 2 (vs Cincinnati) Kendra Turner hitting percentage .462 (vs ULM) assists 2 (vs Milwaukee) aces 3 (vs Cleveland State) digs 8 (vs Eastern Michigan) solo blocks 2 (vs Milwaukee) Bridgett Villano assists 8 (vs Cleveland State) aces 4 (vs Cincinnati) points 4 (vs Cincinnati)
2016 SEASON HIGHS aces Kelsey Bawcombe 5 (vs ULM) assists Sedona Hansen 56 (vs Western Michigan) attacks Bri Holmes 59 (vs Eastern Michigan) blocks (solo) Stephanie Buss 2 (vs Milwaukee) Tessa Grubbs 2 (vs Milwaukee) Raina Hembry 2 (vs Xavier) Erica Treiber 2 (vs Cincinnati) Kendra Turner 2 (vs Milwaukee) blocks (assists) Alyssa Andreno 8 (vs Kent State) Erica Trieber 8 (vs Kent State) blocks (total) Alyssa Andreno 8 (vs Kent State) Erica Trieber 8 (vs Kent State) digs Bridgette Villano 27 (vs Cleveland State) kills Tessa Grubbs 23 (vs Cleveland State) points Tessa Grubbs 24.5 (vs Cleveland State) hitting percentage Bri Holmes .733 (vs ULM)
TEAM MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2016) 1st most blocks (solo) 7 (vs Milwaukee) 6th most hitting percentage .447 (vs ULM) 11th most aces 10 (vs Cleveland State) 17th most aces 9 (vs Cincinnati) 17th most aces 9 (vs MTSU) 20th most points 90 (vs Cleveland State) 22nd most blocks (solo) 4 (vs Xavier) 25th most kills 72 (vs Cleveland State) 25th most hitting percentage .388 (vs James Madison)
INDIVIDUAL MATCH HIGHS (rally scoring era, 2001-2016) Kelsey Bawcombe 8th most aces 5 (vs ULM) Kelsey Bawcombe 16th most aces 4 (vs Milwaukee) Bridgette Villano 16th most aces 4 (vs Cincinnati) Bri Holmes 19th most hitting percentage .733 (vs ULM)
UT defeated James Madison this morning 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-13). Tessa Grubbs had 13 kills while hitting .450. Bri Holmes was just behind her with 12 kills. Three other players hit over .350: Erica Treiber with .636, Alyssa Andreno with .455, and Raina Hembry with .353. Sedona Hansen notched a double double with 40 assists and 10 digs. Bridgette Villano led the team with 13 digs.
The Vols’ 4 team blocks were the 6th lowest in a win since 2001.
JMU’s 25 kills and 28 digs were the 16th and 18th lowest by a UT opponent since 2001.
This game had only 34 in attendance, even lower than what was the third lowest crowd in the rally-scoring era yesterday.
In the night match, UT swept George Washington (25-22, 25-17, 27-25). Treiber led the Vols with 14 kills, Grubbs had 12, and Holmes 10. Five players hit over .350: Treiber and Andreno with .500 each, Hembry with .429, Holmes with .400, and Grubbs with .360. Hansen had 41 assists. Villano had 11 digs and 2 aces.
On the day, Tennessee only had 9 team blocks in two games. They hit .388 and .385 in both matches — they’ve hit over .300 in 6 matches this season.
Northern Illinois scored a close 3-0 victory over the Vols this afternoon in Washington DC (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) — the first time UT has been swept this season. Tessa Grubbs was the only player from either team to notch double-digit kills with 12. Erica Treiber had 8 kills and three blocks. Sedona Hansen put up 31 of the team’s 36 assists. And Britney Vallez had a team-leading 10 digs.
Tennessee led the match in kills, assists, and digs, while NIU led in hitting percentage, aces, and blocks.
With 42 people on hand to watch, this was UT’s third lowest attended match recorded since 2001.
- UT is 0-1 all-time vs Northern Illinois, with the only meeting a 3-0 loss in 2014. Since 2001, the Vols are 9-3 vs Mid-American Conference teams.
- UT is 2-1 all-time vs James Madison. The last meeting was a 3-2 loss in 1999. Since 2001, the Vols are 2-0 vs Colonial Athletic Association teams.
- UT is 5-2 all-time vs George Washington. The last meeting was a 3-0 win in 2012. Since 2001, the Vols are 7-1 vs Atlantic 10 Conference teams.
- All three opponents this weekend have already faced some tough competition, versus teams appearing in the AVCA poll. NIU lost to #14 Hawaii and #6 Washington. JMU also lost to Washington, when they were ranked #7. And GWU lost to Washington State, who didn’t receive enough votes to make the top 25 cut but were ranked #36 unofficially.
- From my quick check of the record book, this will be UT’s second trip to the District of Columbia. They previously played in the George Washington Invitational in 1993 where they defeated New Orleans, UAB, and the home team.
- Several of the coaches on the opposite sideline from Tennessee already have some experience versus UT before they started at their current schools. JMU assistant Lauren Steinbrecher was in that job at Kentucky for three seasons. GMU head coach Amanda Ault was an assistant at Xavier in 2005 and at Michigan in 2009. And GMU assistant Erin Moore played against the Vols with Michigan in 2003.
- After a 7-2 start, UT is steadily moving up in the Pablo Rankings. They started the year ranked 113th but have since climbed fifty spots to #63.
Congratulations to three Tennessee recruits who were named to PrepVolleyball’s annual Senior Aces list of the “best USA-based recruits” in the high school class of 2017. A total of 250 players make the cut every year, with the top 100 ranked. UT’s highest ranked recruit on the list is Keyton Kinley, a libero from Lexington KY, who came in at #100. Also making the list in the un-numbered portion were Olivia Schwamberger, a middle blocker from Cincinnati OH, and Callie Williams, a setter from Waco TX.
The Vols currently have 6 players who were named to the Senior Aces list during their final year of high school on the roster (Raina Hembry, Sedona Hansen, Bridgette Villano, Kelsey Bawcombe, Mackenzie Cooler, and Erica Treiber), only two of whom we’ll lose to graduation by the time these newcomers join the squad.
Sorry this is so late — I was out of town this weekend.
Tennessee fell in their final match at the Western Michigan Invitational to Xavier 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 21-25). Tessa Grubbs had 15 kills, Erica Treiber had 11 (while hitting .588), and Bri Holmes had 10. Raina Hembry had 3 blocks, 2 of them solos. Sedona Hansen put up 32 assists while Bridgette Villano dug up 17 balls.
Holmes and Treiber were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Since 2001, Tennessee only has a losing record against two conferences: the Big Ten (5-14) and the new Big East (0-2).
Tennessee defeated their hosts at the Western Michigan Invitational 3-1 this morning (25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23). With 13 digs in the match, Bridgette Villano reached career dig #1,000, one of only 14 players in school history to reach that milestone. Bri Holmes had 21 kills, one shy of her career best. She nearly notched a double double with 9 digs as well. Alyssa Andreno had 11 kills. She and Erica Treiber put down 3 blocks each. Sedona Hansen put up 56 assists, the most by a UT player since November 2012. Brooke Schumacher had 13 digs and 2 aces.
The Vols only had 5 team blocks in the match, the 11th fewest blocks by the squad in a winning effort in the rally-scoring era.
Tennessee moved to 7-1 on the season with another 3-1 win in the afternoon match vs Milwaukee (25-16, 24-26, 25-7, 25-21). Tessa Grubbs led both teams with 16 kills. Stephanie Buss had 9 kills and 6 blocks. Kendra Turner had 8 kills and 5 blocks. Kelsey Bawcombe had another big night serving with 4 aces, giving her 14 on the year — a quarter of the way through the season she’s just 9 short of her team-leading total for all of 2015. Mackenzie Cooler had 40 assists and just missed a double double with 8 digs. Brooke Schumacher had 14 digs.
This match was the first in the rally-scoring era where six Vols with at least 5 attempts hit over .350: Treiber .571 (4-0-7), Buss .500 (9-0-18), Raina Hembry .455 (6-1-11), Cooler .444 (5-1-9), Andreno .400 (2-0-5), and Grubbs .393 (16-5-28).
Tennessee held Milwaukee to 7 points in the third set, which is the second lowest set total by a UT opponent since 2001.
UT has hit over .300 three matches in a row.
- UT is 3-2 all-time vs Western Michigan. The sole meeting in the past 25 years was a 3-1 win in 2004. This will be only the second meeting in Kalamazoo.
- UT is meeting Milwaukee for the first time.
- UT is 3-0 all-time vs Xavier, with all three meetings occurring since 2005.
- Tennessee is 2-1 in the rally-scoring era in Erica Treiber’s home state of Michigan.
- Since 2001, the Vols are 8-3 vs the MAC, 1-1 vs the Horizon League, and 0-1 vs the Big East.
- Senior libero Bridgette Villano needs one more dig to become just the 14th player in school history to reach career dig #1,000.
- Xavier is rated #42 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 50 Ranking and #14 in Volleyball Magazine’s Mid-Major Poll.
- Western Michigan and Tennessee share a common opponent. Cleveland State defeated both the Broncos (3-1) and the Vols (3-2).
- A big update is underway on the stats page as UT career records are FINALLY being added. So far you can check out the all-time best in kills, digs, and aces.
- Here’s how some other media outlets have covered the Vols over the last two weeks:
- UPDATE: Photos from the Tennessee Volleyball Invitational are online.
UT gets back in the win column with a four set victory over Kent State (25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-14). Bri Holmes and Tessa Grubbs led with 14 kills each. Holmes hit .400 and had a career high matching 7 digs. Grubbs had 3 blocks. Raina Hembry had 12 kills and 5 blocks. Alyssa Andreno had 11 kills and 8 blocks. Sedona Hansen put up 47 assists and 11 digs, her fourth double double in the five matches she’s played in. Bridgette Villano had 16 digs.
Tennessee hit .303, their second best team total the season so far, while holding Kent State to .097
The Vols moved to 4-0 on the season after defeating Eastern Michigan in four sets this afternoon (25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 30-28). Bri Holmes had 17 kills while Alyssa Andreno was just behind with 16. Andreno hit .467 and had 5 blocks as well. Erica Treiber had 10 kills, hit .500, and had 4 blocks. Raina Hembrey had 9 kills and 5 blocks. And Kendra Turner had 8 kills, 3 blocks, and doubled her previous career high with 8 digs. Sedona Hansen picked up a double double with 53 assists and 17 digs. Bridgette Villano dug up 18 balls, while Brooke Schumacher contributed 10 more.
In the second match of the day, Tennessee fell to homestanding Cleveland State in a tightly contest five set match (27-29, 26-28, 25-21, 25-22, 18-16). Tessa Grubbs led the match with 23 kills. Hembry had 15, hit .407, and had 4 blocks. Bri Holmes had 15 kills as well. Erica Treiber had 10 kills and 3 blocks. Hansen earned her second double double of the say with 45 assists and 13 digs. Villano had 27 digs — one shy of her career best and the 40th most in a UT match all-time.
As a team, UT had 10 aces vs CSU, good for the 11th best total since 2001. But the match marked the first time since 2013, and the 23rd time in school history, that Tennessee lost a match after leading 2-0.