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2018 Lady Vol Volleyball A year in review

2018 marked a new era in Tennessee volleyball with Eve Rackham being named the program's 12th head coach in January.

“Coach Rackham obviously has built an unbelievable resume, but she was even more impressive during the interview process,” Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “She articulated an incredible plan to restore Tennessee volleyball to a championship level, and we are confident she will make an immediate positive impact on our student-athletes and our program.
“Her track record as an elite recruiter and a standout developer of talent—as well as her ability to implement potent, fun to watch offenses—makes for a very exciting outlook for Tennessee volleyball.”

Six new Lady Vols joined the roster in freshmen OH Raquel Perinar, OH Lily Felts, DS/L Gianna Pellizzon and OH Danielle Mahaffey as well as sophomore transfers MB Addisyn Rowe and DS/OH Brooklynne Villano.

The Lady Vols made history in the season-opener against No. 22 Michigan St. in front of the second-largest crowd in program history.

Tennessee started the season 6-0 for the second straight season and the third time in the last four years.
Tennessee headed out to the west coast in search of program win No. 900. The Lady Vols did just that defeating the No. 16 Toreros in four sets.
Tennessee headed to the Flyer Invitational where Erica Treiber showed off her serving prowess with nine aces on the weekend and eight in the first two matches.

In The Lady Vols' second match against the Big Ten, they again won in four sets as Treiber closed out Ohio State with three straight aces in set four.

Tennessee cruised to a four-set win in the SEC opener over Auburn, hitting a season-best .404 to go along with 70 kills.

The Lady Vols returned home for their next five games in conference play as the home stretch helped them to a 5-1 start in league play.

That stretch of five straight at home included a match vs. Alabama that was a family affair for the Perinar sisters.

With the help 14 kills from the freshman, Rocky won the sister vs. sister match as Tennessee topped the Crimson Tide in four sets.
After some home cooking, the Lady Vols headed on the road for eight of the next 10 matches of the season with the first road weekend starting in College Station, Texas.

Behind 19 kills from Tessa Grubbs, Tennessee defeated Texas A&M in five sets while also igniting a 12-match win streak.

Grubbs proved to be tough to stop for SEC opponents down the stretch of the season. The junior averaged 4.74 kills per set in the final 11 matches of conference play.

Trailing 2-0 sets at Georgia on Oct. 28, the Lady Vols turned to the Tega Cay, S.C. native and she delivered a career-high 27 kills in the come-from-behind five-set win.

After capturing their fourth-straight victory, the Lady Vols entered the AVCA top-25 poll for the first time since 2012 at No. 25.

In the midst of battling back to take the third set at Ole Miss, senior Erica Treiber entered the top five in Tennessee history in blocks to tie the set and then put them ahead on the next point with her 1,000 kill of her career.

She became the 20th member in program history to reach the milestone and finished her career in 16th with 1,097 kills in her four-year career.

Winners of seven in a row, No. 22 Lady Vols traveled to Columbia, Mo. for a top-25 match-up with the Tigers.

Behind a season-high 48 assist from Sedona Hansen, Tennessee defeated the Tigers for the second time in 2018 to move into second place in the SEC standings.

A four-set win over Arkansas set up a match with No. 13 Florida Gators that would determine second place in the conference standings.

In front of the third-largest home crowd in program history, Tennessee powered past No. 13 Florida for its first sweep over the Gators since 1988 and just the second time in program history.

After clinching second place, Tennessee honored its four seniors in Brooke Schumacher, Erica Treiber, Breana Jeter and Stephanie Spencer on Senior Day

Senior Erica Treiber had a career night with 16 kills and 11 blocks in the Senior Day victory over Ole Miss. Tennessee finished the season with 14 home wins, the most since 1983.

Treiber's first career double-double performance gave the Lady Vols their 25th win on the season and 11th consecutive win. It also propelled her to SEC Player and AVCA National Player of the Week honors.
Three Lady Vols earned SEC honors with Erica Treiber and Tessa Grubbs being named All-SEC while Lily Felts was voted to the SEC All-Freshman Team

With the regular season behind them, Tennessee had its their sights set on the NCAA Tournament

The Lady Vols were selected to the Washington State Region, marking the 15th time in program history and the first time since 2012 they would play in the NCAA Tournament

Next Stop: Pullman, Wash.

Trailing 2-0 sets in the first round to Colorado State,
Tennessee stormed back to win and advance in five sets.
Tennessee advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the 10th time in program history where they fell to No. 16 nationally-seeded Washington State.

2018 marked the largest single-season turnaround in program history. The Lady Vols had a 14-win increase overall, 11-win increase in Southeastern Conference play and an eight-place jump in the conference standings en route to the NCAA Tournament.

For the seventh time since 2004 and the first since 2011, Tennessee had two AVCA All-Region selections in senior Erica Treiber and junior Tessa Grubbs.

The Lady Vols were one of just three SEC teams to have multiple All-Region selections this season.

Both Grubbs and Treiber went on to earn AVCA All-American honors, making it the first time since 2012 multiple Lady Vols have been named All-Americans

Erica Treiber became the eighth Lady Vol to earn multiple All-American honors while Tessa Grubbs became the 19th player in program history to be named an AVCA All-American

The Lady Vols were one of four teams in the Southeastern Conference to have two or more AVCA All-American honorees
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