Vols in the pros: Week 10

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With six players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, the contingent of former Vols in the league grew significantly. Let’s take a look at how former Tennessee stars performed during Week 10 of the NFL season.

Baltimore Ravens

Morgan Cox: Ravens were on a bye this week.

Carolina Panthers

Michael Palardy: Palardy had two punts for a total of 85 yards. The Panthers beat Miami 45-21.

Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Malone: The Bengals suffered a loss against the Titans, 20-24. Malone had one reception for six-yards.

Cleveland Browns

Britton Colquitt: Colquitt had five punts for a total of 241 yards.

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten: The Cowboys suffered a rough loss against the Falcons, 27-7. Witten had seven receptions for a total of 59 yards.

Detroit Lions

Jalen Reeves-Maybin: Reeves-Maybin was out this week due to an ankle injury.

Houston Texans

LaTroy Lewis: Lewis is on the Texans practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Malik Jackson: Jackson had three tackles and one assisted tackle to contribute to the Jaguars 20-17 win over the Chargers.

Mychal Rivera: Rivera did not have and recorded stats.

Kansas City Chiefs

Tyler Bray: Chiefs were on a bye this week.

Eric Berry: Chiefs were on a bye this week.

Zach Fulton: Chiefs were on a bye this week.

Dustin Colquitt: Chiefs were on a bye this week.

Miami Dolphins

Ja’Waun James: James was placed on injury reserve Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara: Kamara had a three-yard rushing touchdown to contribute to the Saints win over the Buffalo Bills, 47-10. Kamara rushed for a total of 106 yards.

New York Giants

Jordan Williams: Williams is currently on the Giants practice squad.

Oakland Raiders

Cordarrelle Patterson: Raiders were on a bye this week.

Philadelphia Eagles

Derek Barnett: Eagles were on a bye this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joshua Dobbs: Dobbs was inactive on Sunday’s game.

Ramon Foster: Foster was inactive due to an injury.

Justin Hunter: Hunter was inactive on Sunday’s game.

Daniel McCullers: McCullers was inactive on Sunday’s game.

Cam Sutton: Sutton remains on the injury reserve list, but he has returned to practice.

Seattle Seahawks

Justin Coleman: Coleman had three tackles and one assisted tackle on Thursday. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals, 22-16.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Robert Ayers: Ayers had four tackles and one sack in the Buccaneers 15-10 win over the Jets

Austin Johnson: Johnson is currently on the practice squad.

Luke Stocker: Stocker had no reported stats during this game.

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Edited by Seth Raborn

Tennessee volleyball falls to Alabama in five sets

The Vols fell to the Crimson Tide, 3-2, in their last road match of the season on Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. Brooke Schumacher and Callie Williams led the team with a 1.0 hitting percentage in the loss, and Alyssa Andreno followed with a .450 hitting percentage. Madison Coulter dominated the court with a .407 hitting percentage and led the team with 15.5 points and 13 kills.

Tennessee won the first set, 25-21 after a close, back-and-forth set. Sedona Hansen started the set with a soft serve to win the first point of the match. The two teams exchanged points until Tennessee went on a three-point scoring run over Alabama leaving the score at 10-8.

Alabama built an early lead over Tennessee to start the second set, but Erica Treiber cut the score to a one-point game with a kill. Treiber then followed with a service ace to tie the game at 10-10. Tennessee went on a three-point scoring run and Alabama responded with an 11-1 scoring run to win the set, 25-19.

The Lady Vols regained momentum in the third set and went on a three-point run, forcing Alabama to call a timeout. The timeout didn’t faze the Vols as they continued their run, as they went on a five-point run to build a seven-point lead over Alabama. Tennessee continued to build its lead over Alabama and Tessa Grubbs took the set point with a kill. Tennessee won the set 25-17.

Tennessee couldn’t keep up with Alabama in the fourth set, allowing the Tide to win the set 18-25, to tie the series 2-2.

The two teams battled back and forth in the final set, but Tennessee couldn’t beat the pressure of Alabama allowing them to win the set, 15-11.

The Vols will be back in Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday to play Ole Miss at 7 p.m. ET.

Edited by Ben McKee

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Tennessee volleyball falls to Auburn 3-1

Tennessee (11-12, 4-10 SEC) fell to Auburn 3-1 after an intense match in Auburn Arena on Thursday night. Tessa Grubbs led the team with 10 kills followed by Madison Coulter and Breana Jeter with nine kills each. Brooke Schumacher led the team with 26 digs followed by Coulter and Sedona Hansen with 16 digs each. Hansen continues to impress fans while on the road as she led the team with 25 assists.

In the beginning of set one, Auburn (14-8, 7-6 SEC) took a four-point run and gained a little lead on the Vols early on in the set. After that, the Vols applied the pressure to the Tigers and took off with their own four-point run to tie the match 5-5. Half way through the set, the Vols forced the Tigers into a few errors and went on a 7-3 run to take a 16-13 lead. After that, the match went back-and-forth with five game ties, but Tennessee failed to take the lead allowing Auburn to win the set, 25-22.

Tennessee continued to put pressure on Auburn in the second set as they continued to exchange points. The Lady Vols rallied early in the set and took a 9-6 lead over Auburn. The matched remained close as Tennessee rallied again late in the set, taking a 23-20 lead and pushed through, winning the set 25-23.

The Vols struggled in the third set making a few errors which allowed Auburn to take a three-point run followed by a four-point run making the score 18-15. Tennessee took a timeout to rebuttal but couldn’t come back, losing 25-18.

Tennessee continued to struggle in the fourth set and Auburn took a four-point run in the middle of the set leaving the score at 15-11. Tennessee again struggled to keep up and Auburn closed the set with a 25-20 win.

The Vols will end their last road trip of the season in Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide in Foster Auditorium this Sunday at 2 p.m. Tennessee will then close its season with three home games in Thompson-Boling Arena against Ole Miss, Georgia and LSU.

Edited by Ben McKee

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Tennessee volleyball falls to No. 4 Florida

The Vols fought hard against the Gators (20-1, 12-1 SEC) with back-and-fourth game points, but couldn’t maintain a lead, as they fell to Florida on Sunday afternoon in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee (11-11, 4-9 SEC) attempted a comeback in the third set, coming back from a 12-5 deficit. The Vols caught up after a five point run tying the set 15-15. They held their ground against the Gators tying the set two more times before losing it 20-15.

The Vols started the first set strong with 10 game ties and 10 kills as a team, but failed to take control of a lead losing the set 25-23.

Tennessee struggled in the second set, allowing Florida to go on a 6-0 run early in the set. The Vols couldn’t come back, as they would end up losing the set, 25-19.

Erica Treiber led the Vols with nine points, while Breana Jeter added eight points. Brooke Schumacher led the team with 20 digs. Sedona Hansen added 17 digs.

Tennessee will make its final road trip of the season this week, as they travel to the state of Alabama for its next two SEC games. On Thursday night, the Lady Vols will play Auburn at 8 p.m. ET. On Sunday, Tennessee will travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide at 2 p.m. ET.

Following the road trip, Tennessee will finish the regular season out with three home games against Ole Miss, Georgia and LSU.

Edited by Ben McKee

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Tennessee prepares for SEC rival Kentucky

Tennessee will travel north of the border to Kroger field for an SEC rivalry, in hopes to continue its five-game winning streak against the Wildcats. Kickoff will be televised on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m.

Teams are coming off huge SEC losses in which they both lost 45-7. Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC) lost to Mississippi State, and Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) lost to Alabama last Saturday.

The Vols have had a hard season, but Butch Jones and his team are still confident in themselves. “Tennessee it not okay with being 3-4, and definitely, Butch Jones is not okay with being 3-4,” Jones said in Monday’s press conference. “We have to keep working, and work our way through this, and work our way out of this.”

Scoring has been a struggle this season for Tennessee’s offense, but Jones is well-aware of the necessity of scoring in the SEC. “It all starts with running the football. When you have the ability to run the football, display the ability to run the football, it opens everything up,” Jones said. “It opens passing lanes, it opens up play action passing, it even opens up drop-back passing as well, so it all goes hand in hand, and we need to run the football.”

Tennessee needs to improve up front, but they’ll have to do so without offensive lineman Jack Jones. The Murfreesboro native will not return to the field due to recurring neck and shoulder injuries. “After meeting with doctors, everyone agreed that it may be in his best interest and that he should no longer play football,” Jones said. “We hurt for Jack. We hurt for his great family. We will be here for support and he will continue to be a member of this team moving forward.”

After Quinten Dormady started the first five games of the season, Jarrett Guarantano took over the starting job against South Carolina. Guarantano will continue as the starting quarterback for Tennessee heading into the Kentucky game. “One thing you can’t question is his toughness,” Jones said. ““He’s learning, and he’s learning quickly. Again I see a young man who is confident and believes in his team.”

Despite the Vols loss to Alabama, Jones was still impressed with Guarantano’s performance. “He stood firm in the pocket, he didn’t flinch, he delivered some throws, he took some shots, and he kept battling.”

Mark Stoops, the head football coach for Kentucky, is still aware of Tennessee’s potential. “I expect Tennessee to come in and play exceptionally hard just like they did this past week against the exceptional Alabama team,” Stoops said. “We expect them to come in with great pride and play very well just like we did a year ago.”

Edited by Ben McKee

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Tennessee volleyball falls to No. 6 Kentucky, 3-0

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Tennessee began their three-game road match with a loss to No. 6 ranked Kentucky. The Vols (10-8, 3-6 SEC) played a competitive match but wasn’t enough to defeat the Wildcats (17-2, 8-0 SEC) who won their 12th straight game, 3-0. Kentucky now leads the story 48-30 and are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings with Tennessee. The win marked the 13th season that the Wildcats have won more than 17 matches under head coach Craig Skinner, which is the longest in program history.

Alyssa Andreno led Tennessee with 11 points and eight kills followed by Breana Jeter and Stephanie Buss who both had eight points and seven kills a piece. The Wildcats’ Kaz Brown became Kentucky’s all-time leading blocker in every category of the 25-point rally-scoring era.

The Vols opened the first set scoring the first two points but the Wildcats followed with a five-point run. The Vols fought a back-and-forth battle and tied the game 11-11 but Kentucky ended up on top wining the first set 25-21. The Wildcats had three separate girls with three digs and Brown added three net rejections in the first set.

In the second set, the Vols scored the first again and continued exchanging points. However, Kentucky eventually jumped out to a solid 17-11 lead and Tennessee never recovered. Wildcats freshman Madison Lilley tallied 14 assists as Kentucky took the second set 25-18.

The Vols didn’t go down easy as there were 20 game point ties in the third set. They tied the match 25-25 to hold Kentucky and tied it three more times until it was 28-28. The Wildcats then took a two-point lead winning the match 30-28. Brown was magnificent once again for Kentucky as she logged nine kills on .533 hitting along with three blocks.

Despite the loss, the Vols had a great performance against a talented and highly ranked opponent. Brooke Schumacher led the team in digs earning 12, Sedona Hansen followed with 11 digs and had 18 assists. Callie Williams followed with 14 assists.

Tennessee continues to struggle on the road with a shaky 1-5 record, but they remain stout in Thompson-Boling Arena with an 8-2 record. The Vols will continue their road trip to College Station on Friday as they face Texas A&M on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will finish off their road stretch with LSU on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Both games can be viewed on SEC Network Plus.

Edited by Seth Raborn

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