Tennessee Vols morning report: Bye week update, Coleman and Gatlin shine

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

An update on Tennessee Vols football during the bye and Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman lead our Volunteers news for Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

We’ve reached the last day of September, and it has been a tumultuous month for Tennessee Vols football. Usually, fans are ready to quit on the season by mid-October, but it appeared to come a little early this month.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the program coming off its bye week. We have one story on that related to redshirts. But it’s fitting that a bye after a horrendous start precedes the final day of the month to start the next week. Maybe this morning update can signify turning the page in a brutal chapter.

Outside of that, though, we’ve loaded our updates with recaps. This includes two UT legends finishing in the top two in a track and field event and then recaps for soccer, volleyball, women’s tennis and swimming and diving. But let’s start with football.

Redshirt update for UT after bye – Ryan Callahan, GoVols247

Since the Tennessee Vols football program only played four games before the bye, numerous players who didn’t leave the program have the option to still redshirt thanks to the new NCAA rule that went into effect last year. This story gives an update on the redshirt standing of the team.

"Just four games into Tennessee’s season, none of the Vols’ players have had the opportunity to lose their redshirt status. But a number of them have played in all four of Tennessee’s games and are unlikely to redshirt."

Coleman, Gatlin are top two at IAAF World Championships – IAAF.org

Former Tennessee Vols track and field standouts Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin finished first and second respectively in the men’s 100-meter dash final Saturday evening at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Coleman had a 9.76 time, a personal best.

"Only five men have ever gone faster than Coleman’s winning performance tonight, two of them lining up in this race.One is Justin Gatlin, the defending champion, who at 37 is still managing to win medals. This time he collected silver, his first of that color at the World Championships and fifth overall in the short dash, courtesy of a 9.89 performance to secure the fifth 1-2 in the event for the US."

Soccer loses to Alabama – Ryan Crews, UT Daily Beacon

On Sunday, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team fell to 6-4-1 and 0-3 in the SEC with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have the week off before hosting the Kentucky Wildcats next Sunday at 3 p.m.

"Alabama dominated possession and outshot Tennessee 29-11. The Vols fought injury problems with four players going down and not returning to the game."

Volleyball loses to Ole Miss Friday, beats Texas A&M Sunday – UTSports

Following a 3-2 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels on the road Friday night, Tennessee women’s volleyball returned home Sunday and beat the Texas A&M Aggies in five sets for its first SEC win of the year. UT’s next match is against the Georgia Bulldogs on the road Friday, Oct. 4.

"After the Aggies (9-3, 1-1 SEC) won the fourth set to send it to a fifth set, the Lady Vols (7-5, 1-1 SEC) turned to their All-American in senior outside Tessa Grubbs to close out the match. The Tega Cay, South Carolina native tallied seven of her team-high 18 kills in the final frame."

Women’s tennis shines at USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight – ustanationalcampus.com

Kaitlin Staines and Tenika McGiffin won their doubles match Sunday at the United States Tennis Association Fall Ranked Spotlight Sunday in Orlando, and they both won their singles matches along with Rebeka Mertena to go undefeated that day. That followed Staines going 2-1 on Saturday and 0-2 Friday, McGiffin going 0-2 Saturday and 1-1 Friday, Mertena going 0-2 Saturday and 1-0 Friday, Johanna Silva going 0-1 on Saturday and 1-1 on Friday, and Staines and McGiffin losing doubles on Friday, as did Silva and Mertena.

"The USTA partnered with NC State and UCF to host the tournament, which featured a 32-player singles draw as well as some exciting doubles matches.All nine participating schools finished in the Top 25 of the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis rankings at the end of the 2019 spring season. Those schools included: No. 5 South Carolina, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 13 UCF, No. 15 NC State, No. 18 Miami, No. 20 Tennessee, No. 21 Florida, No. 23 Virginia and No. 24 Ohio State."

Swimming and Diving sweeps UNC Wilmington – Molly-Kate Bagwell, tnjn.com

The Tennessee Vols swimming and diving team secured victories on the men’s and women’s sides in their season-opener over the weekend at the UNC Wilmington Seahawks. Their next meet is Friday, Oct. 11 at the South Carolina Gamecocks.

"The Vols came through with a 205-88 victory with the men winning 13 out of 16 events. Senior Alec Connolly contributed to two of the Vols’ victories in the 200 free and the 200 IM swimming a 1.41.78 and a 1.53.99.The women, however, proved that their practice paid off with two of the Lady Vols setting new pool records in the 200 breaststroke and 100 fly. Tess Cieplucha swam a 2.12.61 making it her personal best while Mallory Beil swam a 54.80 in the 100 butterfly."