Julie  Knytych

55Julie Knytych


LaGrange Park, Ill.

High School:
Lyons Township






"Julie knows our system, has been a great leader for our program and is one of the reasons our program as a whole has reached the heights it has, not only because of her tremendous volleyball ability and athleticism, but also because of her leadership abilities. On the court, she runs a great offense and distributes the ball very well. She has been playing with her hitters for three years now and knows where they like hitting the ball and what their favorite sets are. Julie is the one who is going to make the team go offensively with her decision making and setting."


2004 (JUNIOR): Named AVCA Third-Team All-American, All-South Region and First-Team All-SEC...Played in all 125 games and has participated in every game UT has played in her three years so far at the school...The 125 games played is the most since Stephanie Ehlers participated in 126 in 1985...Earned SEC Tournament honors after tallying 11.31 assists/game...Her 1,709 season assists set a school record and was just 36 shy of the SEC mark of 1,745, held by Florida's Jennifer Sanchez (1998)...Broke the school record...Ranked ninth among NCAA Division I players in assists/game (13.67)...Career assists total of 4,359 ranks her third in Lady Vol annals, trailing only Molly Mooney (4,674 from 1991-94) and Erica Lear (5,069 from 1998-01)...Helped the Big Orange hit .261 as a team, the second-highest average in school history...Her 925 career digs is the 10th-highest total in Orange and White history...Compiled 55 assists in season-opening 3-1 victory over Villanova...Recorded eight digs in 3-0 sweep over Wake Forest...Tallied 64 assists in 3-1 win over Purdue to move to 2,948 in her career and fifth place on the all-time UT charts...Moved into fourth in the next match, a 3-0 win over Lipscomb, after 35 more assists moved her career total to 2,983...Hit .429 (7-1-14) to go with 56 assists and 10 digs in the Big Orange's 3-1 win over Western Michigan...Served up an ace to close out Virginia Tech in 3-0 sweep on Sept. 17...Named to the Michigan/Nike Invitational all-tournament team after recording 12.91 assists/game...Had 12 digs in 3-1 setback at Michigan...Tallied 66 assists, just two off her career high, and nine digs in UT's 3-1 victory over No. 15 Louisville on Sept. 22...Led the Lady Vols in digs with 16 in UT's 3-0 sweep at Mississippi State...Had another outstanding match in 3-0 sweep at Ole Miss two days later, hitting .636 (14-0-22)...Tallied 47 assists in just three games (15.67/game) as Tennessee moved to 6-0 in SEC play with 3-0 sweep at Ole Miss on Oct. 10...Her 51 assists and 12 digs helped lead UT to 3-1 win at Auburn...Contributed 58 assists and 11 digs to go along with a .400 hitting percentage (5-1-10) as UT topped Alabama by 3-1 count on Oct. 17...Had 54 assists in 3-1 loss to Florida...Was an all-around contributor to the Big Orange's 3-0 home sweep versus Georgia with 49 assists, six digs, five kills and four blocks...Earned her 1,000th assist of the season on the final point of the contest, an assist to Yuliya Stoyanova...Knytych tallied 15 digs and 61 assists in 3-1 win over South Carolina...Posted six blocks in 3-1 win at Appalachian State...Also had 47 assists and 13 digs in the contest...Sum of 38 assists in 3-0 sweep over LSU...Tallied 10 digs and four putaways as well in the contest...Recorded 13 digs and 48 assists in 3-0 sweep at Georgia...In contest, moved her season assist total to 1,285, at the time the eighth-highest mark in school history...Tied career high in assists with 68 in Tennessee's historic 3-2 win at Florida on Nov. 14...Added 15 digs to the winning cause...Her 47 assists contributed to Big Orange's 3-1 win in the SEC Quarterfinals versus Auburn...In semifinal 3-1 win over Alabama, added 10 digs to go along with 48 assists...Sprawling dig in title contest, a 3-2 win versus Florida, sent the ball over the net and between a group of Gators to cap a four-point rally in the third game, which moved a 25-all tie to a 29-25 Big Orange advantage on its way to a 30-27 win...Had 52 assists and 16 digs as the Lady Vols defeated Gators for second time in eight-day span to earn the SEC Tournament title...Set single-season school assist record in Tennessee's 3-0 sweep over Pittsburgh on Nov. 26 with her 1,524th of the campaign to give UT a 13-8 lead in the second game on its way to a 30-25 game victory...Sarah Blum put away the kill on Knytych's helper...In next match, a 3-0 sweep over Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Knytych tallied 43 assists to help improve the team mark to 1,787 to set a new school standard...Recorded 56 assists in UT's 3-1 win over Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...Had 61 assists in Sweet 16 game against Ohio State, a 3-2 setback.

2003 (SOPHOMORE): Tallied 1,406 assists, then-fourth-highest figure in UT history...Career total of 2,605 placed her sixth at the time in school ...Played in all 31 games and 113 matches for the Lady Vols...Recorded 12.44 assists/game, second most in the SEC and 43rd in NCAA Division I volleyball...Knytych's .291 hitting percentage placed the setter 10th in the SEC and her 2.96 digs/game slotted her ninth among SEC participants...Only the sixth Lady Vol setter to record at least 2,500 helpers in her career... Recognized as Most Inspirational by her teammates for the second consecutive season...Recorded 47 assists and 17 digs in season-opening 3-1 victory over Maryland, the eventual Atlantic Coast Conference champions...Compiled 55 assists and 16 digs versus No. 25 Michigan State...In 3-0 victory over Villanova on Aug. 30, Knytych registered 32 assists, 10 digs and seven kills...Had 22 digs in 3-2 victory over Arizona State on Sept. 6 at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno, Nev...Had excellent numbers in the Silver State - 9.9 assists/game, 3.3 digs/game, 1.8 kills/game and .316 hitting percentage in three matches...Appointed to all-tourney squads at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational and the Toyota Knoxville Lady Vol Classic...In final Lady Vol Classic match against Michigan, she handed out 57 helpers...Dished out 55 assists, most in her career up to that point, at the Blue Demon Invitational on Sept. 19 versus IUPUI in Chicago, near her hometown of LaGrange Park, Ill...In final match of the tournament against the hosts, DePaul, she recorded 40 assists and 11 digs in the 3-0 win...Earned MVP honors at the Blue Demon Invitational after recording the following numbers at the three-match tournament: 13.3 assists/game, 2.8 digs/game, 1.4 kills/game and a .394 hitting percentage...Named SEC Player of the Week and co-Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for her Blue Demon Invitational accomplishments...Established a then-career high in assists with 68 in UT's SEC opener versus Ole Miss on Sept. 26, a 3-1 victory...Her helpers enabled five Lady Vols reach double figures in kills against the Lady Rebels...Also had nine digs versus Ole Miss...Against Mississippi State on Sept. 28, a 3-1 win, compiled 51 assists, 12 digs, six kills and six blocks...Had 24 digs and nine kills, hitting .421, to go with 60 assists in 3-2 loss at Georgia on Oct. 3...Had 57 assists and 12 digs in a 3-1 victory over South Carolina on Oct. 10...For the second consecutive match, recorded 57 assists while adding seven digs and three blocks in 3-1 victory over Kentucky on Oct. 12...Compiled 53 assists to go with 14 digs, five kills and five blocks in 3-1 setback at LSU on Oct. 26...Had 13 digs and 39 assists against No. 3 Florida on Oct. 31...In final home match of the season against Georgia, she tallied 42 assists, 10 digs and five blocks...Had 57 assists and 15 digs in 3-1 loss at Kentucky on Nov. 7...In UT's first win at South Carolina in 10 years, compiled 14 kills and five digs to go with her 45 helpers...Contributed 47 assists, 10 digs and six kills in 3-0 sweep against Mississippi State on Nov. 14...In the final regular-season SEC match of the year, she helped lead UT to a 3-0 sweep at Ole Miss with an all-around game - compiling 41 assists, eight digs, four blocks and two kills...Dug 20 balls in 3-2 SEC Quarterfinal victory over Georgia...Tallied 32 assists in three-game loss to No. 3 Florida in the SEC Semifinals...Recorded 45 assists, six kills and seven digs in 3-0 sweep over Big South Conference champion Winthrop in season-concluding match.

2002 (FRESHMAN): Knytych replaced four-year letterwinner and three-time All-SEC setter Erica Lear as the team's floor general...Was the only Lady Vol to play in all 109 games...Recorded 1,244 assists on the year and averaged 11.41 helpers per game...Her total for assists was the then-eighth-highest for one season in school history...Knytych was also a strong defensive player, finishing second on the team in digs with 269 and fourth in blocks with 54...Was recognized by her teammates as Most Inspirational at the team banquet in January...The LaGrange Park, Ill., native showcased her abilities as an offensive threat as well with 115 kills and a .239 hitting percentage...Led the squad in double-doubles with 12...Knytych finished seventh in the SEC in assists per game and eighth in the same category during conference play...Notched a double-double in her first match wearing Orange and White against Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 30 in Bronx, N.Y., at the Fordham Rose Hill Classic with 45 assists and 10 digs in UT's 3-0 victory...Fell just two digs shy of a triple-double with 11 kills and 38 helpers versus Fordham on Aug. 31...Her 11 kills and .600 hitting percentage during that match are career bests...The following week at the Catamount Clash III in Cullowhee, N.C., Knytych recorded 21 digs in a 3-1 loss to the host school...Her 21 digs tied for the then-13th-most in a single contest in school history...In the opening round of the Toyota Lady Vol Classic on Sept. 13 against Virginia, Knytych posted the first 50-plus assist outing of her career with 51 in a 3-1 UT victory...In a televised five-game thriller with Georgia on Oct. 6, she had 58 assists in leading the Lady Vols to their first conference win of the season...Knytych's play was critical in another win that required five games, putting up numbers of 52 helpers, seven kills, nine digs and a career-best five blocks against Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 15...Head Coach Rob Patrick cited the freshman setter as the catalyst behind a pair of victories over Ole Miss and Mississippi State on Oct. 18 and 20 with a combined 10 kills, a .455 hitting percentage, 109 assists and 18 digs during the weekend...Those wins evened UT's SEC record at 4-4, a remarkable turnaround from its 0-3 start...The Lady Vols' SEC record moved to 6-4, good enough for fourth place at the time, after Knytych directed the offense with 33 and 44 assists against Alabama and Auburn on Oct. 25 and 27...She finished the remainder of the season with two more 50-plus assist outings with 56 against Kentucky on Nov. 10 and 50 versus Arkansas on Nov. 15...Her final double-double of the year came against the Lady'Backs also, as she tallied 13 digs.

HIGH SCHOOL: Grabbed four varsity letters in volleyball at Lyons Township High School and was the captain of her team all four years...Was an all-conference performer in 2000...Named all-area by the Pioneer Press her junior year...She was tabbed as the team's MVP her sophomore and senior years...Recognized on the all-tournament team at the Rich East Tourney her junior and senior seasons...Also appeared on the Glenbrook North All-Tournament Team as a senior...Second team all-state selection by the Champaign News Gazette...She was also all-state honorable mention according to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times...Was an All-American with the LJVBC 16-1 and LJVBC 17-1 as a junior and senior... She also earned four letters in track as well, and her team went to the state championships in 1999...Julie was also a member of the French National Honor Society, as well as the chemistry, French and social action clubs at Lyons Township.

PERSONAL: Knytych is majoring in French and English...She has one brother, Jim, 22, and one sister, Katie, 19...Her brother just finished playing baseball at Butler University while her sister played last season for the Kentucky volleyball team...Played club volleyball with former Lady Vol teammate Jennifer Rudy...Julie Anne Knytych was born on May 3, 1984, in Oaklawn, Ill...Her parents are Daniel and Mary Lou Knytych.


Kills:11 at Fordham (8/31/02)
Attacks:25 vs. Arizona State (9/6/03)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.600 (11-2-15) at Fordham (8/31/02)
Assists:68 (two times), most recently at Florida (11/14/04)
Aces:4 vs. LSU (11/10/02)
Block Solos:1 (four times), most recently at Appalachian State (11/1/04)
Block Assists:6 vs. Mississippi State (9/28/03)
Total Blocks:6 (two times), most recently at Appalachian State (11/1/04)
Digs:24 at Georgia (10/3/03)
Kills:7 vs. Western Michigan (9/17)
Attacks:20 vs. Purdue (9/11)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.556 (5-0-9) vs. Virginia Tech (9/17)
Assists:68 at Florida (11/14/04)
Aces:2 (three times), most recently vs. Georgia (10/24)
Block Solos:1 (two times), most recently at Appalachian State (11/1)
Block Assists:5 at Appalachian State (11/1)
Total Blocks:6 at Appalachian State (11/1)
Digs:19 vs. Arkansas (11/20)


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