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True freshman outside hitter Kelsey Bawcombe will make her first foray into SEC play this weekend riding a strong outing over four matches at the DISH Lady Vol Classic. The California native totaled 35 kills, 31 digs, and 10 total blocks on her way to earning the honor, helping Tennessee to a 2-2 record. In the Lady Vols' gritty 3-2 win over Mercer, Bawcombe recorded her first career double-double behind a career-best 17 kills and 15 digs. She has started each of the last three matches for Tennessee. Patrick Maccoon of The Daily Beacon documents the freshman's rising role as conference play approaches. 





Former libero and VFL Ellen Mullins will receive a distinct honor on Thursday night when Father Ryan High School in Nashville retires her jersey in a pre-match ceremony at the Catignani-Drennan Fieldhouse at 5:30 p.m. CT.

In her distinguished time with the UT volleyball program, Mullins set six program records for the Orange and White. She is currently the Lady Vols' all-time leader in career digs with 1,801 scoops over four seasons. She also set the single-season marks for digs in 2013 during her senior campaign when she racked up 640 digs in 32 matches last year.

Mullins was a two-time AVCA All-American as well as a two-time AVCA All-South Region selection. Over her career, she also earned seven SEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

Mullins started all four seasons of her prep career at Father Ryan, garnering All-State and All-Region accolades each season. She helped Father Ryan reach the state championship match in each year of her career and was also recognized as an honor roll student.



True freshman Claudia Coco was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel on Thursday. Mike Strange profiled the rookie defensive specialist, who arrived on Rocky Top as the national high school record holder in career digs.



A freshman with a wealth of international experience already under her belt, Puerto Rico native Kanisha Jimenez has settled in nicely with the UT volleyball program. Hailing from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Jimenez has started in eight of this season's 10 matches and leads the team with 35 sets played. Displaying a well-rounded skill set, Jimenez is fifth on the team in total kills with 45, third on the team in total blocks with 24, and second on the team in total digs at 106. She recorded her first double-double of her career in a 3-1 win, posting 11 kills to go with 20 digs and has the most aces in any single game for the Lady Vols this season after dropping in four at Evansville. 

Here's a look at a feature story from the University of Tennessee's Daily Beacon, documenting Jimenez's transition to Knoxville:

Happy Birthday - Sept. 9

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Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two current Vols, senior Eric Martin (baseball) and junior Lexi Dempsey (volleyball)!



Martin is a pitcher for the Vols and has seen action in 34 games. In career 34 appearances, he has never lost. This past summer, Martin played with the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken League. 

In her sophomore season, Dempsey appeared in 32 matches, starting in 1, and dished out 976 assists, 295 digs, 13 blocks and 19 service aces. She also recorded 16 double-doubles, good for third in the SEC. 

Happy Birthday - August 4: Reynolds, Hembry and Bajakian

Celebrating their birthday today are sophomore guard Jordan Reynolds and freshman volleyball player Raina Hembry

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Also celebrating his birthday today is offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian

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Happy Birthday - June 27: Whitelaw and Brewer

On June 27 we send Happy Birthday wishes to distance runner Austin Whitelaw and volleyball player Abby Brewer


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Happy Birthday - March 20: Helton, Bullard & Colquitt

On March 20 we send birthday wishes to current volleyball junior and outside hitter Kalyn Helton.


Also celebrating today are two former Volunteer football players, Alex Bullard and current Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt

  

UTSports.com caught up with Colquitt at Super Bowl Media Day this year, hear what he had to say about Coach Butch Jones.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 18: Outerbridge, Lea, Andrews & Hannon

On Feb. 18, we celebrate two current student-athletes birthdays, freshman outside hitter Jamie Lea and senior jumper Allison Outerbridge.


   

We would also like to wish happy birthday to former softball standout and current team manager Ashley Andrews and former football wide receiver Chris Hannon. Hannon was the only SEC wideout to catch three touchdown passes in a game during the 2003 season. His three touchdown catches tied the Tennessee game record held by six other players. 

   

Happy Birthday - Feb. 11: Greer, Harrison, Nix, Rolfs

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on February 11. Former volleyball middle blocker DeeDee Harrison and recent soccer graduate and goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs.

     

Football defensive back Jabari Greer, of the New Orleans Saints was born on February 11, 1982. He has played in the NFL since 2004.



We also pay tribute to the late Dyron Nix who would have celebrated his birthday today. Nix starred for the Volunteers and head coach Don DeVoe from 1986-89 and was a two-time first-team All-SEC performer (1988, 1989). He ranks eighth on Tennessee's all-time scoring list with 1,877 career points. 

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