The UT volleyball team will be seeded fourth in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Columbia, S.C. The Lady Vols will face fifth-seeded Georgia in the tourney's first round on Friday at 3 p.m.
Tennessee and Georgia posted equal 10-6 records in SEC play this season, but UT (20-8 overall) received the higher seeding because of tiebreaker procedures. UT and UGA split the season series between the two squads. However, the Lady Vols' victory came by a 3-0 count, while Georgia's win came by a score of 3-2.
Other first round matches at the SEC Tournament on Friday will include No. 1 seed Florida versus No. 8 seed Kentucky, No. 3 Alabama versus No. 6 South Carolina and No. 2 Arkansas versus No. 7 LSU. If they advance, the Lady Vols will face the winner of the Florida-Kentucky match in the semifinals at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Tennessee wrapped up its SEC regular season with a 3-0 sweep at Ole Miss Sunday.
The Lady Volunteers controlled all major aspects of the match, out-hitting Mississippi .275 to .141, out-digging UM 52 to 43 and out-blocking the Lady Rebels 13 to nine.
"I thought this was one of our best all-around matches of the season," UT coach Rob Patrick said. "I was pleased with our consistency in all phases of the game: serving, hitting, passing and controlling the ball with our digs. The entire team played very aggressive defense today."
Sophomore Amy Morris tallied a match-high 15 kills and 14 digs
The Lady Rebels fall to 7-24 and 5-11 in the SEC, while Tennessee has now won 20 or more matches three out of the last four years, including two seasons in a row. The last time UT teams posted back-to-back 20-win season was in 1983 and 1984.
Tennessee's 10 SEC wins is also a program high, bettering the league mark of 9-5 achieved by UT in 2000.