Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
Missouri’s Andrea Fuentes earned her second straight Freshman of the Week nod alongside Auburn’s Tatum Shipes. Tennessee’s Tessa Grubbs was named Player of the Week, while the Vols’ Addisyn Rowe and Auburn’s Mica Allison also garnered weekly honors from the SEC.
Kentucky stayed perfect with a sweep of South Carolina, while Florida got back on the winning track with a sweep of Mississippi State. Missouri and Tennessee survived five setters to keep pace.
Kentucky extended its win streak to 11 matches and remains as the lone undefeated team in the SEC after a five-set win over Texas, while Missouri knocked off No. 11 Florida in Gainesville for the Gators first league loss. Four road teams came up victorious in the six Sunday matches.
Florida piled up a rally-scoring era record 23 blocks vs. Ole Miss, while Kentucky swept LSU to remain undefeated in league play. Missouri’s Alyssa Munlyn notched her 600th block in a four-set win over Auburn, while Tennessee outlasted Texas A&M in five sets.
Kentucky and South Carolina remained on top of the SEC standings after sweeps Friday night, while Georgia and Tennessee each registered their second win of the league season.
No. 21 San Diego won easily, with help from 11 blocks in a Friday sweep, while the Vols countered with a four-set win on Saturday, putting up 13 stuffs and outhitting USD .283 to .222.
East Tennesee State Bucs pulled off an amazing comeback, including a rally from down 7-0 in Set 5, to thrill the crowd of 2,016 inside Brooks Gym, and defeat Tennessee 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12.
Lady Vols played their way to back-to-back sweeps Saturday and are off to a 3-0 start to the 2018 campaign, while the Spartans notch a pair of wins to hit the reset button.
Tennessee has landed 6’3″ middle blocker Addisyn Rowe via transfer from Marshall.