April 18, 2024

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

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Matt is a sophomore journalism and electronic media major at the University of Tennessee. He enjoys watching any and all sports, and is an active member in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Follow him on twitter @mattraymond271