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Gameday Central: No. 16 Tennessee vs. Mississippi State



Nov. 5, 2011


UT (21-3, 13-1) vs. MSU (10-14, 5-10)
November 6, 2011   |   1:30 p.m. ET
Thompson-Boling Arena  |   Knoxville, Tenn.

THE MISSISSIPPI STATE MATCH
  • After sweeping Louisville on road earlier in the week at the brand new KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., the No. 16 Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team returns home and host Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon.


  • In the first matchup between the two teams earlier this season in Starkville, Miss., the Lady Vols swept the Bulldogs in three. The UT defense was tremendous, limiting State to a mere .025 hitting percentage.

  • The Lady Vols have been a matchup nightmare for Mississippi State, as head coach Rob Patrick is 22-1 against the Bulldogs, including winning the last seven meetings.


  • After being on the road for eight SEC matches already this season, four of UT's final six conference matches will be at home at Thompson-Boling Arena.


GOOD TO BE BACK HOME


  • Tennessee has won at least 15 SEC matches each of the last three seasons leading up to 2011, finishing with 15 in 2008 and 2010 and 16 in 2009. Rob Patrick is 164-98 in his career in the SEC. In 13 of his 15 seasons, he led the Lady Vols to a .500 or better record against the conference. In 2004, Tennessee roared through the conference with a 15-1 record, tying for first in the SEC and winning the SEC Tournament a week later.
  • The Lady Vols finished off the first half of their SEC double round-robin schedule in first place with a 9-1 mark, which is their best record at the half way point since the conference went to the format in 2006.
  • With a monumental win over Florida and sweep over South Carolina this past weekend, Lady Vol freshmen Tiffany Baker and Mary Pollmiller were rewarded for their efforts. Baker was tabbed the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after notching double-doubles in each match and boosting her season averages in almost every category. Pollmiller, the Freshman of the Week, had 41 assists in a sweep of South Carolina, aiding UT to a season-high .446 hitting percentage versus the Gamecocks.

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