KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT Sports) -- The University of Tennessee volleyball team travels to Athens for a match-up with the Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Vols (17-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) come into the match with plenty of momentum as they have won three consecutive and seven of their last eight. Tennessee is coming off of a sweep of South Carolina on Wednesday to create of two game lead on the Gamecocks in the SEC standings.
After starting conference play 3-2, Georgia (12-9, 3-7 SEC) has dropped its last five matches which includes a three-set loss to No. 14 Kentucky on Friday night in Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs are led by T'ara Ceasar who averages 4.18 kills per set and enters fifth in the SEC in points per set at 4.64 clip.
The match will air on SEC Network+ with the first serve scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (ET) in Athens, Ga.
Senior Brooke Schumacher enters the match just five digs away from tying Nikki Fowler for seventh on the list and 62 digs away from entering the top five in program history. Fellow senior Erica Treiber needs just eight blocks to tie Ariana Wilson for fourth in Tennessee history at 466.
Tennessee vs. South Carolina (Oct. 24)
Result: W (3-0)
University of Tennessee volleyball team swept the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena. With the win, the Lady Vols (17-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) move into a tie for third in the conference with Missouri who is also 8-2 in the conference.
The Lady Vols were led by double-digit kill matches from junior Tessa Grubbs and freshman Lily Felts. Grubbs helped the team close out the Gamecocks, recording eight of her team-high 14 kills in the third set.
-Last: Nov. 19, 2017 L 3-0 Knoxville, Tenn.
Tessa Grubbs finished with a team-high 11 kills for Tennessee in a 3-0 home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Treiber finished with six kills and a .545 hitting percentage while Callie Williams added 26 assists for the Lady Vols.
Erica Treiber has finished with a .400 or better hitting percentage in 12 matches this season coming off of the South Carolina match where she hit at a .471 clip on Wednesday night. Tennessee is 10-2 in those matches this season and is 4-0 in SEC play.
LIMITING THE OPPOSITION
Tennessee has held their SEC opponent's offense under their season average in hitting percentage eight
times in conference play including against South Carolina. The Gamecocks came in hitting .246 on the season and the Lady Vols held them to a .241 clip Wednesday night.
Treiber is the only Power-5 player to rank in the top nine in their conference in hitting percentage (.386/2nd SEC), blocks/set (1.05/7th) and aces/set (0.36/5th).
Tennessee is back on the road as it heads to Oxford, Miss. to face off against the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday. The Rebels are coming off of a five-set loss to Auburn on Friday night and sit 2-8 through 10 matches in conference play.