Nov. 22, 2012
- Match Promotions
- The Lady Vols conclude their 2012 regular season campaign on Friday night against Mississippi State. The matchup with be the 50th all-time meeting in the series.
- With a straight-set win in Starkville earlier this month, Tennessee holds a commanding 42-7 advantage in the series and has won nine consecutive matches against the Bulldogs.
- The Big Orange has actually won 24 of the last 25 against th Mississippi State Bulldogs. Of the nine straight wins, eight have been in three sets.
- This match marks the 24th all-time meeting in Knoxville, with the Big Orange holding a 21-2 advantage in the series at home.
- Last season, Tennessee defeated the Bulldogs in four sets at Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 6. UT has won an impressive 12 straight at home against Mississippi State and has not lost to the Bulldogs in Knoxville since Sept. 24, 2005.
- With the win earlier this season, head coach Rob Patrick now holds a near-perfect 24-1 record against Mississippi State since taking over the program in 1997.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
- After posting a 4-5 record through non-conference play, Mississippi State has lost 19 consecutive SEC matches to bring its overall record to 4-24 and its league mark to 0-19. 15 of the 19 losses have been in straight sets.
- However, the lone strength of the Mississippi State squad has been its defensive back row play. The Bulldogs currently rank fifth in the league - just one spot behind UT - in digs per set (16.39).
- Leading the defensive effort is freshman standout Roxanne McVey. The libero currently leads the SEC with 543 total digs this season for an impressive average of 5.66 per set. She's the only player in the conference averaging above 5.0 digs per game.
- McVey, who just broke the program's single-season dig record, currently ranks 17th in the nation and has MSU ranked 80th in the category nationally. She has three of the four highest single-match dig totals in the SEC this season, including a 50-dig effort vs. LSU.
- Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by freshman outside hitter Taylor Scott. Scott ranks 19th in the SEC with an average of 2.97 kills per set and has a team-high 276 putaways on the season.
- Jenny Hazelwood - a former standout for Mississippi State - is in her fourth year at the helm of the Bulldogs. The former setter enters the match with a 36-83 record at Mississippi State.