Volleyball Preview: No. 21, Western Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, TN – Tennessee volleyball is back in action on Tuesday as it wraps up its four-game homestand with a visit from No. 21 Western Kentucky. The first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

For fans planning to attend, note that Tennessee’s empty bag policy will be in effect again this season.


Starting this fall, tickets for all Tennessee Athletics events will be digital and accessible via mobile device to improve security and reduce the risk of ticket fraud, as well as make the process more convenient for fans. .

Fans will be admitted to all venues via a unique QR code which will be scanned directly from a mobile device. For quick and easy access to Tennessee Athletics sites, fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app from the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android).

Digital tickets can be managed through a mobile device or desktop web browser, but a mobile device is required to access the site on match days.

Your mobile device is the ticket on game day. All valid digital tickets will display a mobile barcode or hold icon near the reader (tap-and-go). PLEASE NOTE: SCREEN SHOTS OF TICKETS WILL NOT BE SCANNED AT THE DOOR AND DO NOT ALLOW ENTRY!


UT’s game against the Hilltoppers is available to stream on SEC Network+ or via the ESPN app. Michael Wottreng (play-by-play) and Heather Harrington (color) will portray the action.


Tuesday night’s game will be Tennessee Volleyball’s Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game. For more information, visit go4thegoal.org.


Monday, seniors Morgan Fingall and Nathalie Hayward were named SEC Player of the Week and SEC Setter of the Week following their outstanding performances at the Rocky Top Classic.

Fingall led the charge on offense as she hit .488 with 47 kills and just five errors in nine streaks of action. The right-winger averaged 5.22 kills per set and 6.61 points per set this weekend. Against Norfolk State, she was particularly effective, registering 14 kills – without making any mistakes – and landing five service aces, a career high. On defense, she finished the weekend with 17 digs and 12 blocks overall.

Keeping pace with the offense, Hayward’s sets helped UT forwards hit .371 as a team this weekend. Against New Hampshire UT hit .367, against Norfolk State it hit .409 and in the final game of the weekend Tennessee hit .343 against The Citadel. In three matches, Hayward averaged 11.89 assists per set, 2.33 digs per set, and put down 1.11 kills per set.


After sweeping their three opponents in the Rocky Top Classic, the Lady Vols have now won four straight sweeps. Including last season, 18 of UT’s last 26 wins have been swept.


Record 2022: 9-1 overall

Series record: UT leads, 3-0

Last meeting: August 29, 2009 – A victory in five sets for the Lady Vols

Key Player/Stats: Western Kentucky enters Tuesday’s meeting ranked 21st in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Hilltoppers have been on a roll to start the season as they have won 27 out of 34 sets played this year. Defensively, WKU holds opponents to a .147 hitting percentage.


Tennessee hits the road for the final weekend of non-conference play as it travels to Pittsburgh to face No. 12 Pitt on Friday and No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday.


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