LADY VOLS TRAVEL TO VIRGINIA TECH FOR WEEKEND TOURNAMENT
The Tennessee Lady
Volunteers begin their final early-season volleyball tournament this
weekend as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech
Tennessee (4-2) plays Seton Hall (2-3) on Friday. The team faces American (3-3) and host Virginia Tech (3-3) on Saturday.
Lady Vols have never played American, but they have a 2-0 all-time
record against Seton Hall and a 14-1 record against Virginia Tech,
including a three-set sweep in Knoxville last year. The Lady Vols have
one sweep this season, with their other three wins coming in five sets.
For more quick news and notes:
Tennessee vs. Seton Hall, 4 p.m.
Tennessee vs. American, 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.
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Tennessee Live Blog: http://www.utladyvols.com/volleyball
THE KEY NOTES
CLOSING IN ON 300
earning the win against Dayton last week, head coach Rob Patrick is now
just four wins away from his 300th with the Lady Vols. Now in his 15th
season, he is already the coaching wins leader with the program.
ROBINSON PICKS UP SEC AWARD
Kelsey Robinson has been the dominant force offensively for the Lady
Vols thus far this season, and the statistics and awards prove it.
Tuesday, Robinson earned her first SEC Player of the Week nod after
collecting at least 22 kills against the Lady Vols’ three opponents
last weekend, including a career-best 28 kills against 21st-ranked
Robinson has recorded double-doubles in
five of Tennessee’s six matches, and she leads the SEC with 5.04 kills
per set. She also has five of the top seven kill totals in the
conference this season.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Tennessee is coming off a 1-2 weekend against a difficult field at the Illinois State Farm Classic.
Lady Vols opened the tournament with a close 3-1 loss to seventh-ranked
Illinois, which jumped to No. 4 in this week’s national poll.
next day, the Lady Vols earned their first ranked win of the season,
beating 21st-ranked Dayton in five sets, coming back from a 5-0 deficit
in the deciding fifth set. They followed that win with a five set loss
Robinson was named to the all-tournament team.
Leslie Cikra returned to the courts for the Lady Vols last weekend in
Illinois, starting the match against Dayton and getting 14 kills.
Cikra, a starter in 2010, missed the opening weekend at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic while recovering from an ankle sprain.
WHERE THEY RANK (IN THE SEC)
six or so matches into the season, the Lady Vols are high in several
SEC statistical categories. Robinson leads in kills and ranks fourth in
service aces per set (0.52). Freshman setter Mary Pollmiller is third
with 11.33 sets per set, and Ellen Mullins is ninth in digs with 3.78