Match to Illinois. Great fight shown by Tennessee but Illinois showed why they were the number 6 team in the 5th set on both nights. Confidence should be taken from these matches, but there's still some work to do.
I was a little surprised that we dropped...and after the matches we played I had some small thought that we might even rise a spot or two. Still, two losses are two losses and that's what matters to most voters. No credit for close losses.
After all is said and done, I think this was an important weekend for the team. Yes, the two losses stung but we learned a LOT and two of our freshmen stepped up and showed what they can be moving forward. It will help a lot to take some of the pressure off of Tessa as the season moves along.