Tennessee Volleyball Rolls Through Classic Competition

  0 Jil Price Igara | August 27th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News

  • Aug. 25, 2018
  • Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

Michigan State def. Chattanooga 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15)

The Spartans overcame a first set loss to come out on top with a 4-set victory Saturday in Thompson-Boling Arena. It marked the first win of the 2018 for Michigan State.

The Mocs held the edge in several statistical categories, including kills (44-42), digs (55-45), hitting percentage (.188-.187) and assists (41-39), but could not pull out the win in the end.

Chattanooga led by as much as 7 and staved off a late Michigan State run to register a 25-21 game one win. The Mocs kept the Spartans off balance, holding their offense at bay at a .088 attack percentage.

The second set was a battle, with errors proving to be the difference, including four late service errors by the Mocs. The Spartans fought through their .054 attack percentage, scoring the final 9 points of the set for the, 25-23 win.

Michigan State grabbed the momentum in the third set to take a 10-point lead, spurred by three service aces by junior Maggie Midgette. The Spartans never looked back, taking a 2-1 match advantage with a 25-16 set three win.

The Spartans were in control in the fourth set, posting a strong .478 attack percentage to close out the match in 4, 25-15.

Sophomore Meredith Norris led the Spartans with 12 kills and added 11 digs for her first career double-double. Joining her in double-figures was sophomore Alyssa Chronowski, who put down 10 kills and hit a team-best .381. Midgette dished out a team-high 23 assists and served up 5 aces in the match, playing the final three sets.

Senior Miranda Elpers posted a double-double for Chattanooga, tallying 12 kills and 18 digs. Freshman Gylian Finch also reached double figures with 11 kills. Freshman Jaquelyn Langhaim recorded a team-high 22 assists, followed by sophomore Maddie Halsey, who distributed 15 in the match.

Tennessee def. Belmont 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-11)

The Lady Vols swept past Belmont for a 2-0 start on Saturday inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee was dominant in the match, hitting .273 to Belmont’s .000 and registering 10 blocks.

Junior Tessa Grubbs led the way with 15 kills for the Lady Vols, followed by senior Erica Treiber (8) and sophomore Addisyn Rowe (7) who hit .538 and .500, respectively, in the match. Junior Sedona Hansen distributed a team-high 19 assists and 11 digs for a double-double.

Belmont posted just 19 kills on the match, led by senior Maggie Mullins (5). Not one player was able to register a positive hitting percentage. Freshman Carly Mason posted a team-high 16 assists, while freshman Peyton Kelley tallied a team-high 9 digs.

Michigan State def. Belmont 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 25-27, 25-10)

Michigan State disrupted Belmont’s offense, causing the Bruins to hit negatively in the second (-.133) and fourth sets (-.091), to secure its second victory of the day at the Tennessee Classic. On the match, the Spartans posted a season-best .244 attack percentage to the Bruins’ .086.

After Michigan State registered strong wins in the first and second sets, Belmont edged the Spartans to force a fourth set with a 27-25 game three win. In the fourth set, the Spartans led by as much as 15 and hit .346 to notch the 25-10 finale.

Sophomore Alyssa Chronowski (14) and freshman Molly Johnson (13) registered double-digit kill totals to lead Michigan State to the win. Sophomore Jamye Cox (29) and sophomore Meredith Norris (17) posted career-high dig totals, while junior Maggie Midgette distributed 39 assists.

Sophomore Halee Van Poppel (14 kills, 11 digs) and freshman Carly Mason (22 assists, 10 digs) both notched double-doubles for Belmont. Freshman Faith Cobaugh led the Bruins with 16 digs.

Tennessee def. Chattanooga 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-15)

Tennessee cruised past Chattanooga for its second-straight 3-0 victory of the day inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols hit .386 on the match, while holding the Mocs to a dismal .090 percentage.

Freshman Lily Felts (13) and junior Tessa Grubbs (11) each registered double-digit kill totals to lead the Lady Vols. Junior Sedona Hansen and sophomore Callie Williams both notched a team-high 17 assists, while senior Brooke Schumacher posted a team-high 15 digs.

Junior Dani Szczepanski recorded six of Chattanooga’s 17 total kills in the match and hit .500. Sophomore Maddie Halsey posted a team-high 11 assists, followed by freshman Jaquelyn Langhaim distributed 10. Sophomore Megan Kaufman recorded a team-high 8 digs.

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