Sept. 9, 2010
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
Baymont Inn and Suites Invitational Preview with Rob Patrick
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 14th-ranked University of Tennessee volleyball team will close out the tournament portion of its schedule this weekend when it travels to Athens, Ohio, to compete in the Baymont Inn & Suites Invitational hosted by Ohio University, Sept. 10-11.
Baymont Inn & Suites Invitational Notes
The Lady Volunteers will open the competition with a double-header on Friday, taking on Big Ten-foe Northwestern at 10 a.m. and the host Bobcats at 7 p.m. They will then close out their stay in the Buckeye State with a noon showdown against Pittsburgh the following day.
All matches will take place at the Convocation Center on the Ohio campus. Fans wishing to follow along at home can do so by clicking on the GameTracker links available at UTLadyVols.com or OhioBobcats.com.
The Orange and White is off to one of the best starts in program history, with a school-record six consecutive sweeps to kick off the 2010 campaign. Tennessee is one of just four teams in the AVCA Top-25 that has yet to drop even a single set this year. Top-ranked Penn State (6-0), No. 9 Washington (5-0) and 10th-rated Cal are the other three teams with a flawless start to the season.
Last weekend, the Big Orange traveled to the Lone Star State where it took out Big 12-opponent Oklahoma, then-No. 13 Florida State and host Houston in impressive fashion. Senior Nikki Fowler was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second straight weekend and was joined by sophomore Leslie Cikra and freshman Kelsey Robinson on the all-tournament team. For her efforts, Fowler was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for a record-breaking eighth time in her career and was unanimously voted as the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row as well.
Following this weekend's action, the Big Orange will return home to the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena where it open Southeastern Conference play against South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. The Lady Vols will then host No. 4 Florida at 2 p.m. two days later in a match set to be televised live on Comcast Sports Southeast.