UT junior Leah Hinkey
Sept. 10, 2009
By: Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee volleyball team (5-1) will close out the tournament portion of its schedule this weekend as it heads east to Chapel Hill, N.C., where it will take on a trio of talented squads at the Carolina Classic in the Dean E. Smith Center, Sept. 11-12. Live stats will be available at both TarHeelBlue.com and UTLadyVols.com.
The Lady Volunteers kick off the tournament with a 7 p.m. showdown against host North Carolina on Friday before squaring off with Colorado State and Marshall at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively, the following day.
The Big Orange has had quite a bit of success over the years against the three teams it is scheduled to face this weekend, amassing a combined 14-4 record. UT holds a 9-3 all-time advantage over UNC, is a perfect 4-0 against Marshall and has split a pair of contests versus Colorado State.
Last weekend, Tennessee earned a runner-up finish at the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio, picking up sweeps over Notre Dame and Xavier after falling to No. 7 Michigan. For the second consecutive week, junior Nikki Fowler and senior Farren Powe were both named to the all-tournament team.
Following an MVP performance at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic, Fowler continued her impressive play, leading the team with 29 kills and six aces, in addition to tallying 28 digs and eight blocks over the course of the three-match competition.
Powe, meanwhile, finished the tournament with 20 kills, 14 blocks, three digs and an ace. The senior from Mobile, Ala., led a strong UT blocking effort in a sweep over Xavier, pacing the squad to a season-high 13.5 team blocks with nine of her own, including a pair of solo putbacks. She narrowly missed out on a double-double in that contest, as she topped the team with 10 kills as well.
Tennessee will open Southeastern Conference play next week, as it is slated to travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a 7 p.m. CT match-up against LSU on Friday, Sept. 18. The Orange and White will then have a week off from competition before returning to the court for home contests against Arkansas and Ole Miss Sept. 25 and 27, respectively. The match against the Rebels will be televised live on ESPNU at 5 p.m.