Volleyball Preview: Rocky Top Classic

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KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee volleyball team returns home Friday and Saturday as they host New Hampshire, Norfolk State and the Citadel at Thompson-Boling Arena for the Rocky Top Classic.

The Lady Vols will play once Friday against New Hampshire at 6:30 p.m. ET and twice on Saturday, starting at noon against Norfolk State and ending with The Citadel at 6:30 p.m.

For fans planning to attend, note that Tennessee’s empty bag policy will be in effect again this season.

TICKET PROCEDURE

Starting this fall, tickets for all Tennessee Athletics events will be digital and accessible via mobile device to improve security and reduce the risk of ticket fraud, as well as make the process more convenient for fans. .

Fans will be admitted to all venues via a unique QR code which will be scanned directly from a mobile device. For quick and easy access to Tennessee Athletics sites, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app from the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android).

Digital tickets can be managed through a mobile device or desktop web browser, but a mobile device is required to access the site on match days.

Your mobile device is the ticket on game day. All valid digital tickets will display a mobile barcode or hold icon near the reader (tap-and-go). PLEASE NOTE: SCREEN SHOTS OF TICKETS WILL NOT BE SCANNED AT THE DOOR AND DO NOT ALLOW ENTRY!

BROADCAST INFORMATION

All three UT games this weekend are available to stream on SEC Network+ or via the ESPN app. Michael Wottreng (play-by-play) and Heather Herrington (color) will call the game against New Hampshire, while Zack Nelson (play-by-play) outlines the action for Saturday’s two games.

FIRST TIME

This weekend will mark the first time Tennessee will face New Hampshire, Norfolk State and the Citadel in volleyball.

OPEN THE WAY

Senior Morgan Fingall leads the Lady Vols in kills and kills per set at 98 and 4.08. She is fourth in the SEC in wins per set and ranks 48th nationally. In total eliminations, the right forward is first in the league and tied for 18th in the nation. She is also fourth in the SEC and 32nd in the nation with 107 points.

I LOVE

Second year transfer Erykah Lovett had an immediate impact on the team since arriving from Long Beach State. She is second on the team in kills with 68 and averaging 2.83 kills/set. At the NC State Classic last weekend, Lovett scored 26 kills, landed two service aces and made seven total blocks in three matches.

THE YOUTH MOVEMENT CONTINUES

Freshmen Kadynce Booth and Granberry Keondreya continued to impact Lady Vols on the pitch last weekend. Boothe finished with 24 kills, five service aces and five blocks in the three games at the NC State Classic. She also notched a career-high 10 wins over NC State.

Granberry was an offensive force for UT in the middle as she capped off the weekend in Raleigh with 24 kills on a .422 hit percentage. The Winter Garden, Fla. native had a game-high 14 game-high victories over Elon and hit a career-high .875 against the Wolfpack.



SCOUTING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE



Record 2022: 5-3 overall



Series record: N / A



Last meeting: First meeting



Key Player/Stats: UNH enters with the top-ranked offense in the America East Conference, hitting .263 in the first two weeks of the season. The Wildcats also lead their league in opponent hit percentage at .146. Both brands rank in the national top 50.



NORFOLK STATE SCOUTING



Record 2022: 0-4 overall



Series record: N / A



Last meeting: First meeting



Key Player/Stats: The Spartans have the fourth-best rushing defense in the MEAC averaging 12.50 digs per set. NSU is 0-4 going into the weekend and has lost seven straight since the end of the 2021 season.



CITADEL SCOUTING



Record 2022: 2-4 total



Series record: N / A



Last meeting: First meeting



Key Player/Stats: The Bulldogs are UT’s last team this weekend, but they’re the first of four consecutive teams in the 2021 NCAA Tournament that Tennessee will face next week. The Citadel started the season with four straight losses but won their last two, including a five-set victory over Clemson.



NEXT
Tennessee has a quick turnaround as they host No. 21 Western Kentucky on Tuesday, September 13. The game is scheduled for a first serve at 6:30 p.m. inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

 

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