Tennessee Finished Games of Morehead State

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 23 Tennessee volleyball completed Morehead State’s home game on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena, sweeping the Eagles in three sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-16).

Tennessee (6-1) and Morehead State (3-5) played a quick series at home this weekend, with UT winning both games in back-to-back sweeps. The lady hit me.382 on Sunday with 50 pass aways, while MSU had a.136% completion and 37 expropriations.

For the second time in the rally era, Tennessee finished the game without a blocked strike. This is the first time since October. 29, 2010, against Auburn that UT unlocked in a game.

Young Orange Morgan Fingall had 16 sales for UT in Sunday’s win, ending a season-high.538 success rate. The right side forward also collected four dugouts and three blocks.

Knoxville native Lily Felts had her third double-double of the season with 10 disposals and 10 digs. That brings his career double-double total to 20. The mark connects her to ninth-place all-time in Lady Vol’s history with Chelsea Noble.

Breana Runnels completed the Lady Vols in double-digit eliminations as she counted 12. The Bakersfield, Calif., native ended the evening with nine digs and a block.

Danielle Mahaffey was high in the middle with six expropriations out of one.667 hit percentage and a team-high five blocks.

Senior passer Natalie Hayward had 38 assists and nine digs as she helped lead the Lady Vols offense into victory. In 27 games as a Lady Vol, Hayward has a total of 993 assists and is only seven shy of 1,000 career assists in Orange and white.

Tennessee was impressive .405 in the first set, scoring 20 finishs against the Eagles. Runnels led the strike in the first, getting seven sell and hit.462. Fingall had four expropriations, while Vilts and Mahaffey each had three. UT won the first set, 25-17.

The second set was tighter as Morehead State kept the score close, but eventually fell to the Lady Vols, 25-21. You’re hit.324 in total, with 16 sales and three blocks. Fingall came on for the Big Orange in the set as they posted seven eliminations out of one.667 hit rate.

Morehead State followed early in the third, but did not have enough to overcome Tennessee’s onslaught as UT finished the Eagles in the third, 25-16. Fingall and Felts scored five disposals each in the final set as Mahaffey made the block work with four of his five blocks in the final frame.

HEAD COACH EVE RACKHAM WATT

At home and at home at Morehead State…

“I thought we played a much cleaner game today than on Friday. What I liked was the fact that we played the same team back to back, I think that will serve us well after in the year. Morehead State is a great team. I thought Friday was our first time on the road and I think you could say, we didn’t play so well, we didn’t play so clean, but I thought we played a much cleaner game today.”

About the situation of the team after the first three weeks of the season…

“I keep telling them that I think as this team improves, week after week, I think our confidence will continue to grow. Trust will continue to grow. They are an experienced group, but we still have to deal with a few different players in different places. I think we still have a few important roles, but I like what we did. I think we were much better today than Friday, which is a good sign for us.”

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