Tennessee athletes post top personal marks at Hokie Invitational

Tennessee student-athletes post top personal marks at Hokie Invitational.

Tennessee concluded the Hokie Invitational Saturday with personal best indoor marks.

In the women’s shot put, Latavia Maines recorded a victory with a mark of 17.08 meters. Maines’ victory came on her fourth throw.

Two other Lady Vols posted personal bests in the shot put as Chandler Hayden recorded a throw of 13.87 meters and Zoe Vlk had an effort of 13.21 meters.

Maines is a three-time SEC shot put champion.

Other personal bests for the Lady Vols included Charisma Taylor’s leap of  6.31 meters in the long jump and Mia O’Neil’s time of 55.74 seconds in the 400-meter run.

In the 800-meter, Emily Knight completed Saturday’s race in 2 minutes, 16.47 seconds. Jensen Overbay posted a time of 2:20.23 and Maia Stewart crossed the finish line in 2:21.53.

Anthony Riley won the long jump competition with a personal-best leap of 7.65 meters for the Vols.

Peyton Davis and Yariel Soto both set personal records in the heptathlon. Soto finished third with 5,506 points and Davis came in fifth (5,330).

Soto and Davis posted personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles in the event.

In the 800-meter, two Vols posted personal best times as Joe Hoots completed the race in 1:50.35 and Preston Ruth crossed the line in 1:56.75.

Thrower Skylar Coffey posted a personal best effort in the shot put with a mark of 17.65 meters.

Lady Vols land two transfers

The Lady Vols land two transfers.

Tennessee volleyball has landed a pair of transfers.

Eryka Lovett and Kylie Robinson have joined Tennessee’s program.

Lovett comes to Tennessee from Long Beach State. She made her debut with the 49ers as a second-year freshman, appearing in 31 contests during the 2021 campaign.

Lovett was granted an extra year of eligibility after missing the entire 2020 campaign.

During her first season at Long Beach State, she had 294 kills and 42 service aces. She was 15th in the Big West for points per set in 2021.

Robinson comes to Tennessee from Oregon.

Robinson, a setter for the Ducks during the previous three seasons, averaged 4.78 assists and 2.05 digs per set. She recorded a career-high eight double-doubles for Oregon, which finished 22-9 last season and went 13-7 in the Pac-12.

Both Lovett and Robinson will arrive at Tennessee later this month, enrolling for the spring semester.

Lady Vols record personal bests at Hokie Invitational

The Lady Vols record personal bests at Hokie Invitational.

Several Lady Vols recorded personal best marks at the Hokie Invitationa in Blacksburg, Virginia Friday.

In the pentathlon, Tennessee’s Caroline Lewis had a personal best score of 3,781 points and had a mark of 10.68 meters in the shot put.

The Lady Vols had five runners record personal best times in the mile run.

Katie Thronson completed the race in 4 minutes, 41.91 seconds. Olivia Janke (4:48.49), Brooke Dixon (4:51.49), Rachel Sutliff (5:00.92) and Ainsley Cooper (5:18.11) also competed.

Mikele Vickers had a leap of 12.20 meters in the triple jump.

Three Lady Vols ran personal best times in the 600 meter as Allison Rasnd finished in 1:32.70. Maia Stewart posted a time of 1:33.15 and Emily Knight finished at 1:36.07.

In the women’s weight throw, Chandler Hayden had a mark of 20.88 meters and Zoe Vlk had a throw of 16.38.

In the 3,000, Kayla Gholar finished in 9:49.66. Avery Jackson had a time of 10:34.97 and Msgana Araya had a time of 11:12.55.

Lady Vols defeat Charlotte in season opener

The Lady Vols defeat Charlotte in its season opener.

No. 22 Tennessee women’s tennis team opened its 2022 spring dual season with a road victory Friday.

The Lady Vols defeated Charlotte, 4-0.

Rebeka Mertena and and Elza Tomase defeated Charlotte’s Ruxi Schech and Kaavya Sawhney, 6-1.

The Lady Vols earned a 6-2 win from Esther Adeshina and Eleonora Molinaro against Rocio Safont and Lucie Petruzelova.

In singles competition, Mertena, ranked No. 14 in the country, defeated Schech, 6-3, 6-1.

Tomase, the nation’s 56th-ranked player, notched a three-set win over Lucia Quitero, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Molinaro defeated Emma Wilkins in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

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Lady Vols win swim meet at Vanderbilt

Lady Vols win swim meet at Vanderbilt.

The Lady Vols’ swim team defeated Vanderbilt Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.

No. 6 Tennessee defeated the Commodores, 207-58, at Centennial Sportsplex.

The Lady Vols won all 14 events.

In the 500 freestyle, Claire Nguyen claimed victory with a time of 4:50.33. Lauren Wetherell was second (4:52.20) and Summer Eaker was third (4:59.73).

Wetherell won the 1,000 freestyle, posting a time of 10:00.47, a personal best time in the event. Eaker touched the wall in second with a mark of 10:06.29.

Nguyen also posted a victory in the 200 fly (2:01.63).

Emma Carlton won the 100 fly (54.40) and the 100 back (53.67).

Olivia Harper won the 200 back (1:59.97) and finished second in the 100 back (55.44).

The Lady Vols swept the 200 back as Ellie Caldow finished second and Danika Katzer claimed third.

Alexandra Gebel led UT with three individual wins on the day. She posted victories in the breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley race.

Tyler Adams promoted to associate head coach

Tyler Adams has been promoted to associate head coach.

Tennessee assistant volleyball coach Tyler Adams has been promoted to associate head coach.

Adams has been an assistant on Tennessee’s staff for the past four seasons.

During that time, he has been responsible for scouting, video breakdown and statistical analysis.

Adams has been instrumental in the development of the Lady Vols’ attacker Morgahn Fingall, who finished her junior season with career-highs in kills (338), hitting percentage (.250), digs (187), aces (16) and blocks (100) in 2021.

Adams, who played five years at Central Florida on its men’s club volleyball team, also spent one season playing professionally in Germany.

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Lady Vols defeat Kentucky, remain unbeaten in conference play

Lady Vols defeat Kentucky and remain unbeaten in conference play.

The Lady Vols kept its undefeated Southeastern Conference record intact with an 84-58 victory over Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena.

No. 5 Tennessee (17-1, 6-0 SEC) overcame a first-quarter deficit against the No. 19 Wildcats (8-5, 1-2) to win its eighth consecutive game.

The Lady Vols, who are off to its best start since winning a national championship in 2007-08, were trailing, 17-11, at the end of the opening quarter.

Tennessee used a balanced offensive attack to post a comeback victory over Kentucky.

Tennessee outscored the Wildcats, 27-10, in the second quarter.

Rae Burell and Keyen Green scored 14 points. Jordan Horston scored 11 points and Jordan Walker added 10.

Alexus Dye and Tess Darby finished with nine points each. Dye also had seven rebounds.

Rhyne Howard had a game-high 24 points for the Wildcats. Former Lady Vol Jazmine Massengill had 13 points for Kentucky.

Tennessee wins three events at Virginia Tech Invitational

Tennessee wins three events at Virginia Tech Invitational.

The Volunteers’ and Lady Vols’ track teams concluded the Virginia Tech Invitational with three victories Saturday.

Charisma Taylor, who won the 60-meter hurdles on Friday, notched her second win with the Lady Vols. She won the long jump competition with a leap of 6.25 meters (20 feet, 6.25 inches).

Freshman Mia O’Neil notched her first victory with the Lady Vols as she won the 200-meter dash (24.57 seconds).

Tennessee’s relay team of Will Mazor, Blake Ewaskey, Tim Thacker and Riley Bucholz finished its race in less than 10 minutes to emerge victorious with a time of 9:59. 25.

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Tennessee posts top indoor marks at Virginia Tech

A recap of day one of the Virginia Tech Invitational.

The Volunteers and Lady Vols opened its 2022 indoor track and field season Friday at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Tennessee’s women won in the 3,000-meter run. Three athletes posted top-5 finishes. The Lady Vols swept the top three spots in the event.

Sydney Semour crossed the line first as she finished the race in 9 minutes, 31.94 seconds. Katie Thronson claimed second (9:36.37) and Olivia Janke came in third (9:38.35).

UT’s Brooke Dixon claimed fifth in the event as she posted a personal-best time of 9:47.29.

In the women’s 60-meter dash, the Lady Vols’ Joella Lloyd won with a time of  7.30 seconds in the finals. Lloyd, a 2020 Olympian, is the defending SEC champion in the event.

UT’s Shatara Johnson finished fourth in the event with a personal-best time of 7.58.

In the women’s pole vault, UT’s Sara Borton finished first in her debut, posting a mark of 4.0 meters (13 feet, 1.5 inches).

Charisma Taylor also won her Orange and White debut in the 60-meter hurdles (8.15).

Tennessee’s men also had a pair of runner-up finishes to open the meet and the season as Alex Kay finished second in the 500-meter run (1:03.31) and Joe Hoots took second in the 1,000-meter run (2:26.93).

Jordan Horston leads Lady Vols at Vanderbilt

Jordan Horston leads Tennessee to victory at Vanderbilt.

No. 5 Tennessee (16-1, 5-0 SEC) extended its winning streak to seven games, while keeping a perfect Southeastern Conference record intact Thursday with a 65-51 victory at Vanderbilt (10-7, 1-2 SEC).

Tennessee opened the contest with an 18-11 lead in the first quarter.

Jordan Horston recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals and tied a career-high with four blocks.

Rae Burrell had her best game since returning from injury for the Lady Vols, scoring 11 points.

Tamari Key finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Tennessee, which led 41-23 at halftime.

Iyana Moore led the Commodores with 16 points and Brinae Alexander added 15.

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