Tennessee Sports To Follow During Vol Football’s Bye Week

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KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 05, 2019 – Forward Abbey Burdette #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the match between the Southeastern Louisiana Lions and the Tennessee Volunteers at Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kelly Gerdin/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee football is off Saturday for the first time all season as the team rests and gets ready for a matchup at No. 12 Kentucky.

However, this weekend isn’t without plenty of options to give people their fill of Tennessee sports.

Here’s what the weekend has to offer.

Soccer

Tennessee looks to cap off a stellar regular season Thursday night at Regal Soccer Stadium. 

The 12th-ranked Lady Vols are 14-2 on the season and 7-2 in SEC play with their only losses coming against Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

Thursday night, the Lady Vols look to earn hardware. Hosting Kentucky (7-9-2, 1-8 SEC), Tennessee can clinch its second straight SEC East title with a victory.

Brian Pensky’s program has been on an upward trajectory for years and a second straight division title would show what a complete program he’s built.

The Lady Vols want more than just a regular season divisional crown and that starts next week at the SEC Soccer Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Kick off from Regla Stadium is Thursday night at 6 p.m. ET.

Men’s Basketball

Tennessee is still a week and a half away from opening up its 2021-22 season. However, Vol fans can get their first glimpse of the Vols Saturday.

The Vols host Rick Barnes’ alma mater Lenoir-Rhyne to Thompson Boling Arena at 3 p.m. ET.

Tennessee will be without John Fulkerson during the scrimmage, but the super senior is expected to be back for the season opener.

The scrimmage will be a good opportunity for Tennessee’s new look team to dip its toe in the water before a grueling out of conference slate.

Softball

The fall softball season is moving on and the Lady Vols get their best dose of competition this weekend.

Tennessee travels to Lexington to scrimmage rival Kentucky. The Lady Vols will play at 6 p.m. ET Friday night and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The 2022 season is the first for Karen Weekly as the Lady Vols’ lone head coach. Weekly spent the last 19 years as Tennessee’s co-head coach with her husband Ralph. Ralph retired following the 2021 season and now Karen is running the show herself.

Baseball

Speaking of fall scrimmages, Tony Vitello and his team head to west Tennessee this weekend. The Vols scrimmage Louisiana Tech in Millington, Tennessee.

It’s the second straight weekend that Tennessee has scrimmaged opponents other than itself. The Vols lost to Georgia State 6-5 last weekend in Chattanooga.

Louisiana Tech was fantastic a year ago, earning a national seed before losing to North Carolina State in the Ruston Regional.

First pitch between the Vols and Bulldogs is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.