Lady Vols In Top 10, Vols Hold Steady In Dec. 6 AP Poll

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    Tennessee’s women’s basketball team jumped into the top 10 at No. 9 in this week’s AP poll. The men’s team held steady at No. 13 in the men’s AP poll.

    The Lady Vols went 2-0 on the week, dominating Tennessee Tech before earning their fourth fourth quarter comeback of the season at Virginia Tech.

    Freshman Sara Puckett totaled a career high 15 points while senior guard Jordan Walker scored 17 points on four-of-four shooting from three-point range. Tamari Key continued her dominant defensive season, blocking five shots and shutting down Hokies’ star Elizabeth Kitley.

    The Lady Vols have some time off this week to focus on finals before returning to action on Sunday against Georgia State.

    At No.9, Tennessee is the second highest rated team in the SEC behind No. 1 South Carolina. Other SEC teams in the poll include No. 14 Kentucky, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 21 Georgia and No. 24 LSU.

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    Tennessee’s men’s team had a similar week to the Lady Vols, earning a pressure free win over Presbyterian in the mid week before going on the road and beating Colorado, 69-54.

    Kennedy Chandler was fantastic on the week, recording six steals against Presbyterian before scoring 29 points on 13-of-20 shooting at Colorado.

    The AP poll keeps adding more SEC teams as LSU jumped in the poll at No. 25 this week. Alabama is the highest ranked SEC team in the poll after upsetting Gonzaga in Seattle.

    The 13th-ranked Vols are behind No. 9 Alabama, No. 10 Kentucky and No. 12 Arkansas. N0. 18 Auburn and No. 20 Florida are both in the top 25 as well.

    Tennessee’s schedule remains difficult this week as they will face Texas Tech in the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night before hosting UNC-Greensboro at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday.

    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.