Tennessee (8-2) faced their third opponent in the top 10 of the season in the Boilermakers, ranked ninth. This is only the seventh time in the history of the program that the Lady Vols have faced at least three top 10 opponents in a single season.
UT reached 0.210 in the game, totaling 43 kills with 40 assists, 46 digs and six blocks in total. Purdue (8-1) reached 0.272 with 47 kills, 42 assists, 51 digs and eight blocks.
Morgahn Fingall led UT in wins over Purdue, putting in 14 on a .250 winning percentage. Breana alleys also hit double digits in kills on Saturday, scoring 11.
Nathalie Hayward achieved his fourth double-double of the year, distributing 31 assists and registering 10 digs.
The UT at the head of the blocks was Danielle Mahaffey with three. The Cincinnati, Ohio native added three kills and one dig to her final tally.
Purdue won the opening set 25-19 hitting 0.350, while limiting UT to a 0.159 hit percentage. Caitlyn Newton and Grace Cleveland led Purdue with six and five wins, respectively, in the set.
The opening set was interrupted for approximately 15 minutes when the Holloway Gymnasium fire alarm sounded. After a fire brigade check of the building, the match was allowed to resume.
Purdue, who started the weekend seventh nationally in hitting percentage, continued to swing well as he hit 0.379 in the second set. Cleveland led the Boilermakers in kills with six wins as they won the set, 25-22.
Runnels led UT in set wins with six out of 12 attempts. Fingall and senior Lily felts each added three.
Tennessee didn’t go easy, fighting Purdue until the end of the game in the third set. During the final frame, the score was tied or changed hands 18 times. The Lady Vols hit 0.225 in the set and held Purdue at a 0.133 hit percentage.
Fingall had seven kills to lead UT in the third.
With the score tied at 23-23, Purdue took the lead on a Taylor Trammell kill, before a UT attacking error ended the set and the match. Purdue won the last set, 25-23.
CLASSIC TEAM FOR ALL STACEY CLARK TOURNAMENTS
Breana alleys and Morgahn Fingall were named to the tournament’s overall squad for their performance in UT’s three games. Runnels scored 23 eliminations and reached 0.231, while also scoring 12 digs. Fingall had 28 kills this weekend, reached 0.290, recorded 10 digs and three blocks.
Team of all tournaments
Maggie Castleman, Purdue Fort Wayne
Kylee Quigley, Jacksonville State
Morgahn Fingall, Tennessee
Breana alleys, Tennessee
Raven Colvin, Purdue
Grace Cleveland, Purdue
Jena Otec, Purdue
MVP: Jena Otec, Purdue
Kill – Morgahn Fingall (14)
Help – Nathalie Hayward (31)
Excavations – Madison bryant (12)
Blocks – Danielle Mahaffey (3)
Tennessee returns home for a five-game homestand, starting Saturday, September 25 against Arkansas. The Lady Vols will face Arkansas again on September 26, before hosting Auburn at the Thompson-Boling Arena for a showdown on Wednesday night September 29. The homestand will end with Texas A&M on October 2-3.