SAN DIEGO – A robust effort throughout the board helped No. 24 Tennessee earn the massive street win in 4 units (25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 25-17) towards San Diego on Thursday night time at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
“I assumed San Diego was actually good,” head coach Eve Rackham Watt stated. “They undoubtedly uncovered some issues, which is what I hoped would occur. I used to be pleased with our resiliency, particularly after the third set. We did not play very effectively, and it was served fairly powerful. That confirmed. San Diego was in a position to do what it needed to do. For us to reply within the fourth set the way in which that we did on the street, I assumed that was a giant step for this group. We discovered quite a bit about ourselves, and I used to be pleased with the way in which we competed even when issues weren’t going effectively. We continued to return collectively to make constructive issues occur, and I’m pleased with our effort.”
Graduate right-side hitter Morgahn Fingall and junior exterior hitter Erykah Lovett each recorded double-doubles to guide the Girl Vols (4-0). Fingall tallied 16 kills, 13 digs, three assists and three blocks, whereas Lovett added 16 kills, 13 digs, one help and one block. Each gamers completed with a hitting proportion above .325.
Redshirt freshman setter Caroline Kerr narrowly missed the double-double, ending with season bests in assists (38) and digs (9) to go together with two kills. Graduate exterior hitter Jenaisya Moore eclipsed double-digit kills for the third match in a row with 10, whereas graduate libero Yelianiz Torres held down the again line with 13 digs and 7 assists. Sophomore center blocker Keondreya Granberry posted seven kills and 6 blocks on the night time.
The Girl Vols out hit San Diego (0-4) .242 to .158 within the match, highlighted by robust first and fourth units that went for higher than .300. UT additionally recorded 9 group blocks and 6 aces in the course of the victory.
After going backwards and forwards all through the primary set, Tennessee ended the body on a 7-2 run to win the set 25-17 and take the early lead. Lovett went for 5 kills to tempo the Large Orange offensive assault that hit for .314. Defensively, UT recorded 4 group blocks within the set and held the Toreros to only .036 hitting proportion.
After being tied 17-17 within the second set, the Girl Vols used an 8-3 run to shut out the body. Throughout one seven-point stretch for UT, Lovett scored 4 of the factors with three kills and an ace to present UT the momentum late. By the top of the set, she already boasted a double-double after going for 5 kills and 4 digs within the body.
Fingall earned her double-double in the course of the third set after recorded three kills on the Large Orange’s first 9 factors. After the Toreros rallied with a 16-6 run to take an eight-point benefit within the body, the Girl Vols rattled off 4 factors in a row, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to beat the deficit. USD hit for .333 within the body.
Tennessee bounced again robust within the fourth set, leaping out to a fast 4-1 lead and by no means trailing your complete body. Fingall and Lovett mixed for 9 kills within the set, whereas Granberry stepped up massive with three of her seven kills and three of her six blocks coming in in the course of the remaining body.
The Large Orange hit for .394 within the set to coast to the victory. Up subsequent, the Girl Vols spherical out the USD Invitational on Friday night time with a matchup towards Boston School. First serve might be at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on the Jenny Craig Pavilion, and the match might be streamed on ESPN+.