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Happy Birthday - June 21

On June 21 we're celebrating four birthdays on Rocky Top, a pair of which belong to VFLs!

Our first 'happy birthday' shoutout goes to volleyball's Kendra Turner! A rising sophomore from LaPlace, Louisiana, Turner was UT's team leader in total kills (222) and kills per set (2.67) during her true freshman stint on Rocky Top. She recorded a career-high 23 kills against Missouri in early November, making her the only Lady Vol to record 20+ kills in any match that season. Turner is 19 years old today.

From football, today we celebrate the birthday of one of the best linebackers in program history -- Al Wilson. The only All-America selection from the Vols' 1998 National Championship team, Wilson had 77 tackles that season, including a 12 tackle performance against No. 2 Florida. In that game, he set a new program record with three forced fumbles. He went on to become a five-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos organization.

Today we also recognize the birthday of former Tennessee track and field sprinter Terrance Livingston. Livingston ran the 400, 800, and the relays during his four years on Rocky Top and still ranks inside the top 10 of the Tennessee indoor performance list in the 400-meter dash. His time of 47.31 is the 10th fastest in indoor program history.

Lastly, we are wishing a happy birthday to former Volunteer golfer Marshall Talkington. Like Wilson, Talkington is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and went on to play four years on the links for the men's golf program. He logged a career scoring average of 76.31 and finished with two top-10 finishes in his career. Talkington was a two-time member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Along with these happy birthdays, Tennessee would like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of our Big Orange dads on Rocky Top and around the world!

Happy Birthday - April 10

On this 10th day of April we are celebrating a quartet of Tennessee birthdays. Join us in wishing a happy birthday to volleyball's Kelsey Bawcombe, Chelsea Blaase of cross country/track and field, rowing's Morgan Suffridge, and baseball VFL Mike Lincoln

A native of Temecula, California, Bawcombe is coming off a solid freshman season for Tennessee Volleyball in the fall of 2014. She appeared in 31 matches and made 17 starts on the year, logging two double-doubles and a team-high 17 service aces. Born this day in 1996, Bawcome is 19 years old today.

Out on the track, Blaase is having the best season of her career. In the fall, she became Tennessee's 10th cross country All-American after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships. Blaase earned her second All-American award of the year during the indoor track and field season when she placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And just last week, Blaase broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a time of 32:28.39 that ranks second in the nation.

A junior member of the varsity rowing squad, Suffridge was a part of the Second Varsity Eight that finished third in the petite final at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. A local product out of Knoxville, Suffridge is majoring in in Speech Pathology and was a member of the 2014 spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. 

Today is also the 40th birthday of former Tennessee and Major League pitcher Lincoln. He pitched just one season for UT back in 1996, going 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA before being drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his big league debut on April 7, 1999, and continued on in the Bigs until 2010, making stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Happy birthday Kelsey, Chelsea, Morgan, and Mike!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 7

We have a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today: volleyball teammates Taylor Johnson and Bridgette Villano are blowing out the candles, as is swimming and diving's Amy Lubawy

A setter from Temecula, California, Johnson recently completed her first season with Tennessee volleyball after transferring to UT from Long Beach State. She appeared in 22 matches on the year, logging 225 assists at an average of 4.09 per set. She also notched two double-doubles on the year, including a career-best 34-assist, 11-dig performance at Mississippi State. Johnson is 20 years old today.

Taylor Johnson

Also celebrating her 20th birthday is teammate and UT volleyball defensive specialist Bridgette Villano. A native of Davie, Florida, Villano appeared in all 32 matches for the Lady Vols last season and saw significant time at the libero position. She led the team in total digs with 328, ranked second in digs per set 3.01, and had 15 matches of 10 or more digs on the year. 

Bridgette  Villano

Lubawy just concluded her freshman season on Rocky Top after arriving at UT as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Nevada. The Las Vegas native swims freestyle and butterfly and posted career-bests at UNC Wilmington to open the year. At that meet she finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.76) and was runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (57.52). 

Amy Lubawy

Happy birthday Taylor, Bridgette, and Amy!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 11

Four -- count 'em -- four VFL birthdays to celebrate on this 11th day of February! Decorated volleyball alumna DeeDee Harrison, football great Jabari Greer, men's basketball alumus Dyron Nix, and former soccer goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs will all be blowing out the candles today.

A native of Nashville, Harrison was a stellar middle blocker for the Tennessee volleyball program, earning All-America status in 2011. The 2012 graduate is UT's career leader blocks per set (1.21) and ranks second in career blocks (161) in the 25-point rally scoring era. She currently plays professionally in Israel for Maccabi Even Yehuda. 

Former Vol football defensive back Jabari Greer was born on Feb. 11, 1982. After a 10-year NFL career spent with the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, Greer retired from professional football this fall. He started 51 games in the Tennessee secondary during his time on Rocky Top, tallying 147 tackles and two interceptions. He was also a standout track and field athlete who qualified for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 110m hurdles. Greer currently ranks third all-time in the event (13.32). 

We also celebrate the birthday of former Tennessee basketball player Dyron Nix -- a member of the Vols All-Century team. Nix led the SEC in scoring as a junior in 1987-88, putting up 22.2 points per game. For his career at UT, Nix averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest and his 1,877 career points are the eighth-most in school history. He was drafted 29th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1989, but embarked on a 10-year career overseas. Nix passed away on Dec. 16, 2013 at the age of 46.

Today is also the 24th birthday of former goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs. The 2013 graduate battled through two season-ending injuries during her career on Rocky Top, making her first career start on Senior Night.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 9

Today we celebrate the birthday of Tennessee Volleyball middle blocker Shealyn Kolosky! The lone senior on the 2014 squad, Kolosky appeared in 29 matches for the Lady Vols and totaled 113 kills and 54 total blocks. The Wheaton, Illinois, native led UT in total blocks on seven different occasions last season and also led UT in kills twice, including career-best 13-kill performance on Senior Night against Arkansas. An advertising major, Kolosky is Tennessee Volleyball's SAAC representative. 

Shealyn is 22 years old today. Happy birthday, Shea!

Shealyn Kolosky

Inside The T - Wednesday's Look Ahead

The Tennessee Lady Volunteer volleyball team closes out the home schedule tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena and will celebrate Senior Night for Shealyn Kolosky at 6 p.m. ET As a thanks for your support all season long, admission is free for tonight's match. 

Wednesday marks the 35th meeting all-time in a dead-even series between Tennessee and Arkansas. The Lady Vols and Razorbacks have split the previous 34 meetings evenly with the series record knotted at 17-17. UT is 7-7 in Knoxville against Arkansas while holding a slight 8-7 edge in Fayetteville. Head coach Rob Patrick is 16-16 all-time against the Razorbacks, but is 9-3 in matches against current Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza.

You can watch tonight's match on the SEC Network or catch it online HERE.

#4/5 Tennessee (4-0) plays its first road game of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, as the Lady Vols face Chattanooga (3-2) at The McKenzie Arena (10,928) at 7 p.m. ET.

This marks the 34th meeting between the Lady Volunteers and the Lady Mocs, with Tennessee holding a 26-7 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1924. UT is 8-2 vs. UTC on the Lady Mocs' home floor, with the Big Orange suffering only one loss to the Lady Mocs in Chattanooga since 1973, an 80-71 setback on Nov. 9, 2012, in Holly Warlick's first game as head coach of the Big Orange.

The game will be shown on the SoCon Digital Network, which you can watch free HERE.
You can also listen live HERE.

CBS Sports Network premieres HOOPS CONFIDENTIAL: VETERANS CLASSIC, a behind-the-scenes look at the inaugural Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy, a season-opening college basketball event featuring Tennessee, VCU, Michigan State and Navy. The show debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The 30-minute show features exclusive coverage as the basketball teams from Tennessee Michigan State and VCU had the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The teams observe morning colors, tour the Naval Academy and have dinner with enlisted sailors and marines. Additionally, first-year Vols head coach Donnie Tyndall receives an honorary Navy Officer's sword.

Dempsey Making Her Mark on Rocky Top

In only her second year with the Lady Vols, junior setter Lexi Dempsey is quickly climbing up the career rankings and closing in on Tennessee records. The UT Daily Beacon's Trenton Duffer takes a closer look into Dempsey's time at Tennessee and all that she has already accomplished in Knoxville.

Earlier this season, Dempsey climbed into ninth place on Tennessee's career assist list and currently holds 1,730 career assists to her name. She also ranks seventh all-time in assists per set with 8.48.

Daily Beacon: Lexi Dempsey shows Volunteer talent on volleyball court


Daily Beacon: VB Weekend Preview

Two tough SEC matchups await the Tennessee volleyball team this weekend as it prepares to face defending SEC champion Missouri at home on Friday night before traveling to Auburn for a Sunday afternoon clash. Friday's match gets underway at 7 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena while Sunday's is slated for a 2:30 p.m. first serve. Both matches will air on SEC Network +, the online, digital component of the SEC Network. 

The Daily Beacon's Trenton Duffer previews UT's upcoming weekend.

Beacon: Tennessee VB Weekend Preview

With the Tennessee volleyball team set to wrap up its longest homestand of the season with a pair of contests this weekend, Trenton Duffer of The Daily Beacon takes a closer look at the matchups that await the Lady Vols on Friday and Sunday.

UT takes the floor for its annual Dig Pink match at 7 p.m. on Friday night against No. 13 Kentucky, while LSU arrives in Knoxville on Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. matinee. Currently, UK is in first place in the SEC with a 4-0 conference record while LSU is 2-3 in league play.

Taylor White of the Daily Beacon takes a closer look at the rise of freshman Kendra Turner up the Tennessee volleyball depth chart. 

The Louisiana native ranks second on the team in total kills and is just one of three Lady Vols to have eclipsed the 100-kill mark this season. She has 113 total kills, good for 2.57 per set, and holds the top hitting percentage (.187) on the team for players that have logged at least 200 attacks. Earlier this season, Turner hammered 19 kills against Kennesaw State -- the highest individual output for UT this year.

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