Sunday, 10 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Offense Rolls as #8 Lady Vols Sweep Texas A&M

Offense Rolls as #8 Lady Vols Sweep Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A dominant showing lifted No. 8 Tennessee to sweep No. 16 of the season, defeating Texas A&M (25-22, 25-11, 25-18) on the road Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Vols (23-3, 14-2 SEC) had a strong offensive showing, posting 49 kills on .323 hitting and recording eight aces on the day. Defensively, the Big Orange held the Aggies (15-11, 7-9 SEC) to .159 hitting thanks to 42 digs and eight blocks.
Graduate student outside hitter Jenaisya Moore had an all-around performance, recording a match-high 17 kills on .371 hitting to go along with seven digs and two assists. Graduate student right side Morgahn Fingall added 12 kills, eight digs, three aces and three blocks on the day. Guiding the offense was redshirt freshman setter Caroline Kerr, who finished with 34 assists, four digs, three kills and one ace.
Graduate student middle blocker Raeven Chase led the way defensively, tallying a match-best seven blocks and five kills. Sophomore middle blocker Keondreya Granberry chipped in seven kills on .600 hitting. On the back row, junior outside hitter Erykah Lovett and graduate student libero Yelianiz Torres both had 10 digs each. Lovett also posted five kills and two blocks, while Torres added five assists and an ace.
The match opened with a back-and-forth affair, as the Lady Vols and Aggies swapped points. After going down 8-10, the Big Orange answered with an 11-3 run to swing the momentum in its favor. UT’s offense came out on fire, posting 18 kills on .394 hitting. Moore led the way with seven kills on 13 attacks, including the set winner.

The second period was all Tennessee. After sitting even at 2-2, the Lady Vols rattled off a 14-3 run that included scoring from nine kills, two aces and a pair of blocks. The Big Orange never trailed in the frame thanks to outhitting Texas A&M .419 to .069 in the set. The defense held the Aggies to just 11 points in the period, marking the 20th time this season UT has held opponents to 15 points or less in a frame. Moore led the way again with five more kills, while Fingall added four.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Big Orange closed out the match to secure the sweep. UT hit just .129 in the period but held the Aggies to .000. After a 4-0 swing evened things up at 16-16, the Lady Vols responded with a 9-2 run to end the contest.
Up next, Tennessee returns home for senior night Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Big Orange hosts Mississippi State before hitting the road to take…

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