Tennessee opens the 2021 campaign with a dominant victory over Texas Tech

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee volleyball team made a dominant performance Friday night at the Thompson-Boling Arena as it swept Texas Tech in straight sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) to open the 2021 campaign in the victory column.

The Tennessee offense (1-0) skyrocketed as it hit a .350 bottle and played suffocating defense, limiting the Red Raiders (1-1) to a 0.139 percentage point.

Colorado State Graduate Transfer Breana Runnels shone in its Tennessee debut, recording a double-double that included 17 deaths and 12 excavations. Runnels, along with junior Morgahn Fingall, led the crime with 17 deaths per night.

Major Lily felines he carved a double-double with 11 dead and 14 excavations. With her first double-double of the season, Felts has won 18 doubles doubles in her career, making her her tenth Lady Vol story. The Knoxville native is tied with Jena Berg for 10th place and only needs two more to move up the list to ninth.

Senior setter Natalie Hayward he traversed the Lady Flights with 43 assists and eight excavations while keeping all of Tennessee’s offensive weapons in check.

Lady Vols did a quick job for the Red Raiders with a 25-15 first set win. Runnels wasted no time in getting involved with his new team, as he recorded seven deaths in the opening set.

Texas Tech took a late charge in the second set, reducing the lead to 21-17, but Lady Vols won the next four points, winning the set 25-17.

UT took the brooms in the third set, completing the sweep with a 25-18 victory to win the game, 3-0.


“I thought it was a great way to start the season. I think we played really well and I feel like Texas Tech is a good team, so I thought it was a big win for the team. I liked the fact. to see a lot of communication from this team.Of something we’ve been talking a lot with a couple of new players.I liked the fact that we just played really hard from start to finish and it didn’t really look like We continued to play and compete. “


Mata – Breana Runnels (17), Morgahn Fingall (17)

Assistances – Natalie Hayward (43)

Excavations – Madison Bryant (18)

Blogs – Danielle Mahaffey (5)

Tennessee debuts

In addition to Runnels he debuted at Rocky Top, a freshman and native of Tennessee Ashllyn King he saw action in the match, coming on to serve in the first set.


Tennessee returns to the field Saturday with a couple of games. The day starts at 12:30 pm ET at Lady Flights Square with ETSU. In the evening, UT and NC State meet at 6:30 p.m. Both games can be streamed on SEC Network +.