After a promising day in Columbia for the lone qualifying event of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Olympic Rugby Championship, the Volunteers disappointed in the championship tournament falling to 4th.
Travis Vickers and Kerry Roberts, Jr were selected to the SCRC All-Conference team.
The Volunteer now turn their attention to preparation for the 2017 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship on June 3 & 4 in Philadelphia.
Roster: Sam Hawkins, Duncan Bintrim, Travis Vickers, Kerry Roberts, Jr, Ben Schwartz, David Nuckolls, Tommy Lane, Nesto Rivas, Hayden Ryan, Cormac Barry, David Ilchert, Garrett Montgomery, Malcolm Easley, Riley Archer, Keenan Kayser
April 01, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
In Columbia the Volunteers went 2-0 in the 3 team pool and then bested Ole Miss in the quarterfinal and Kentucky in the semifinal. In the final the Volunteers were unable to match the performance of South Carolina to finish 2nd in the qualifying tournament.
Tennessee 22, Alabama II 0
Tennessee 26, Mississippi State 21
Quarterfinal: Tennessee 22, Ole Miss 5
Semifinal: Tennessee 26, Kentucky 14
Final: Tennessee 0, South Carolina 26
The Volunteers got off to a shaky start against an athletic team from Auburn with the Vols scoring late to take the opening game 12-10. In the second pool match the Vols dug a hole and never could climb out losing to Kentucky 0-17. In the final pool match, UT finally put together effort and ability and raced past Ole Miss 35-5.
The Volunteers faced tournament favorite South Carolina in the semi-final. The Gamecocks took advantage of every UT mistake to open up the game in the second half and prevail 32-0. As has become disappointingly commonplace in a UT v USC contest, the match was full of trash talk and foul language, foul play and retaliation. Overall - disappointing score, disappointing performance and disappointing sportsmanship.
The loss in the semifinal relegated the Volunteers to the Consolation match against Alabama. Given that each team had several players that played together in the SCRC All-star Team less than a month ago provided a much different atmosphere. Different atmosphere; same errors by the Vols; and the Crimson Tide took advantage in the second half to win 21-7 forcing the Vols to settle for 4th.
Tennessee 12, Auburn 10
Tennessee 0, Kentucky 17
Tennessee 35, Ole Miss 5
Semifinal:Tennessee 0, South Carolina 32
Consolation: Tennessee 7, Alabama 21