Tennessee volleyball defeats Arkansas 3-1

The VolleyVols started slow, but managed to pull out a 3-1 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16, 2016 -Setter Sedona Hansen #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the match between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Hayley Pennesi/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee ends a weekend home stand 2-0 after defeating Arkansas 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22).

The Vols managed to overcome sizable deficits in the first and second sets to improve to 13-7 on the season and 3-4 in SEC play.

Tennessee had four players with at least ten digs and four players with at least ten kills. Sophomore libero Brooke Schumacher ended the day with a career-high 18 digs, while freshman Sedona Hansen recorded her second straight double-double with 49 assists and 13 digs.

The first set started out just about as close as a set can be, with the score tied at 15-15 before Tennessee went on a 9-2 run to go up 24-17. Two points later, sophomore Erica Treiber put the set away and gave the Vols a 1-0 lead.

Tennessee found themselves down 19-13 in the second set before going on another 9-2 run to take a 22-21 lead. Arkansas would tie the set up at 23, but the Vols were able to score the last two points and win the second set.

Tennessee again got off to a slow start in the third set, falling behind 17-10. Although they were able to cut the deficit to one point on two separate occasions, the Razorbacks eventually won the third set, 25-22.

The Vols flipped the script in the fourth set. This time, it was Arkansas’ turn to erase a large deficit, as they responded to Tennessee’s quick start by cutting down a six-point deficit to one. However, the Vols were able to keep the Hogs at bay, ultimately winning the set, 25-22.

Tennessee has the week off before traveling to Starkville to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. ET in a match that will be televised on ESPNU. The Vols’ next home match is Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the SEC Network.

Edited by David Bradford

Featured image by Hayley Pennesi, courtesy of Tennessee Athletics