Sept. 12, 2011
It was another winning weekend for Tennessee athletics, with football, volleyball and soccer sweeping their results and the golf teams making an opening splash.
Check that - splash is never a positive when referring to the links.
The football Vols scored early and often Saturday at Neyland Stadium -- running, throwing and onside-kicking their way to a 45-23 win over Cincinnati. Tyler Bray and Co. continued their early-season assault on UT's records book, and the Vols are 2-0 heading to their SEC opener Saturday at Florida.
Volleyball swept through the Virginia Tech Invitational, capping a 3-0 weekend with a 3-1 victory over the hometown Hokies. Sophomore Kelsey Robinson was named MVP as the Lady Vols improved to 7-2 for the season. SEC play opens this weekend with visits to Thompson-Boling Arena by Georgia and Auburn.
Soccer extended both its winning and shutout streaks to four games with a 5-0 whitewash of Charlotte. Sophomore Caroline Brown sparked the offense with a pair of goals. The Lady Vols, now 6-1, continue their four-game homestand Friday hosting Coastal Carolina.
Men's golf finished second at the Carpet Capital Collegiate behind contributions throughout the lineup. Senior Garrick Porteous finished third, but the Vols placed two other golfers among the top 14 finishers in knocking off five ranked teams.
And women's golf opened play Sunday at the Cougar Classic, with junior Erica Popson picking up right where she left off last spring. The Lady Vols are sixth after one round thanks to Popson, who tied her career-best score of 66. Play continues through Tuesday in Charleston, S.C.
There are plenty of words that would fit Tennessee's passing game in its 45-23 victory over Cincinnati.
Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers thinks he knows the best one.
"It wouldn't call it easy. I would call it routine," Rogers said. "You really just play like you play in practice, and it carries over in the game."
Led by a record day from quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee's passing game was clicking at a level that hasn't been seen in quite a while. And in a couple cases, ever.
Bray connected on 34 of his 41 passes for four touchdowns and a career-best 405 yards. The prime beneficiaries -- and contributors -- were fellow sophomores Rogers and Justin Hunter.
A week after the two combined for 246 receiving yards in a victory over Montana, they became the first receivers in Tennessee history to record 10 catches in the same game and the first to record back-to-back 100-yard games.
Next: Saturday at Florida, 3:30 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE
BLACKSBURG, Va. --The Tennessee Lady Volunteers started the Virginia Tech Invitational the best way possible Friday, with a three-set sweep against Seton Hall at Cassell Coliseum.
After cutting down early errors, the Lady Vols started clicking on all phases of the game in the third set en route to a 25-22, 25-17, 25-15 victory over Seton Hall.
The Lady Vols (5-2) picked up steam offensively as each set passed in their second shutout of the season. Their attack percentage rose from .132 in the first set to .312 in the second and finally .371 to close out the match in the third.
Lady Vols 3, American 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Efficiency was the name of the game for the Tennessee Lady Vols in their first of two matches Saturday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
The Lady Vols produced their highest attack percentage of the season and strung together long service runs on their way to beating American 25-25-14, 25-13, 25-16 at Cassell Coliseum.
Lady Vols 3, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Tennessee Lady Volunteers wrapped up their preseason tournament schedule with three victories at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
After a slow start against tournament host Virginia Tech on Saturday night, Tennessee hit its stride offensively and powered to a 20-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 victory to finish the tournament at Cassell Coliseum.
Sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Robinson was named tournament MVP after pacing the team with 24 kills and 16 digs, which marked the sixth time she has recorded at least 20 kills.
Junior middle blocker DeeDee Harrison, who had a season-high 12 kills, and freshman setter Mary Pollmiller, who had 53 assists, were named to the all-tournament team.
Next: Friday vs. Georgia, 7 p.m.; Sunday vs. Auburn, 1:30 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE
ROCKY FACE, Ga. -- Danny Keddie and Garrick Porteous fashioned even-par 72s and Tennessee opened the Carpet Capital Collegiate in seventh place after 18 holes here Friday.
Scorecards for Keddie and Porteous showed matching numbers on just eight of the 18 holes, yet the frequent playing partners from England recorded identical rounds of 36 on both nines at The Farm Golf Club.
Carpet Capital Collegiate (Day 2)
ROCKY FACE, Ga. -- Tennessee climbed into contention Saturday at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, firing a 7-under-par 281 to move into a three-way tie for second with 18 holes remaining.
Garrick Porteous led the charge with a 4-under 68 that moved him into a tie for third on the individual leaderboard. Jay Vandeventer joined Porteous in the top 10 with a 69 to match his career low. Danny Keddie added a 71 and Darren Renwick 73 as the Vols equaled their low round from all of last season.
Carpet Capital Collegiate (Day 3)
ROCKY FACE, Ga. -- Tennessee leaves this week's Carpet Capital Collegiate with a mixed-bag of emotions.
The Vols knocked off all but one of the six ranked squads in the 12-team field, finishing second here Sunday after shooting their second consecutive sub-par round. But the team also knows even better days are ahead if the play this weekend is any indication.
Tennessee shot 6-under 282 Sunday to finish alone in second place at 8-under 856, five strokes behind ninth-ranked Auburn (851). For the weekend's final two rounds, Tennessee was 13 under par and outdistanced third-ranked Alabama, fourth-ranked Georgia Tech, No. 15 Georgia, No. 16 Clemson and No. 17 LSU.
Next: Oct. 1-2 at Rod Myers Invitational, Durham, N.C. // FULL SCHEDULE
Tennessee soccer's shutout streak stands at four straight matches as the Lady Vols scored early and often in blanking Charlotte 5-0 in front of 1,445 fans Friday at Regal Soccer Stadium.
The occurrence marked just the second time in program history that UT has registered four consecutive shutouts (Oct. 28-Nov. 6, 2007), and the opposition's current scoreless streak of 365:38 marks the fifth-longest such skein in Big Orange annals.
UT got the team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season from sophomore forward Caroline Brown, the third goal of the campaign as well as two assists from senior forward Emily Dowd, the first tally of the year by junior midfielder Amy Harrison and the initial goal of freshman midfielder Lexi Krause's brief career at Rocky Top during the rout. Junior midfielder Kylie Bono (team-leading third assist of 2011), junior forward Alexis Owens (first assist), sophomore midfielder Sanna Saarinen (first assist) and senior forward Chelsea Hatcher (second assist) were each credited with assists.
Lady Vol freshman goalkeeper Julie Eckel made three saves while lowering her goals-against-average to 0.57, combining with redshirt sophomore Jessica Rolfs (6:15 of action) on the squad's fourth straight shutout.
Next: Friday vs. Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. // FULL SCHEDULE
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The seventh-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol golf team opened the 2011-12 season by firing a 289 (+1) on day one of the Cougar Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly. Junior Erica Popson paced the Orange and White by firing a 6-under 66, tying her career-low round, and fellow junior Sara Monberg shot even par on the day. They each played in the Cougar Classic as freshmen in the fall of 2009. Sophomore Chessey Thomas fired a 3-over 75 for the Lady Vols. Making her collegiate debut, freshman AJ Newell shot 76 on the day, tying sophomore teammate Kaitlyn Rohrback. The freshman recorded three birdies in the first round, second-most for Tennessee. Next: Monday-Tuesday at Cougar Classic // FULL SCHEDULE
Cross Country vs. Tennessee Invitational, Saturday, 9 a.m., Maryville-Lambert Acres Golf Club (men and women)