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      Erica Griffin
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Germantown H.S.

Height:
5-6

Position:
Defender

Birthdate:
11/13/1985

AS A JUNIOR (2006):

Started all 23 games for the Lady Vols...Posted nine shots in 2006...Has started all but one match in her career at UT...Helped hold eight teams scoreless, including No. 6 Virginia and NCAA Tournament opponents UAB and Duke...Solidified a back line that allowed just 1.02 goals per game and allowed more than two goals just twice in 2006...Was part of the defense that helped record wins over No. 6 Virginia and No. 20 Florida, and held No. 3 Santa Clara to just one goal...Earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team after the Lady Vols reached the semifinals of the tournament.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2005):

Played in 23 matches, drawing starts in 22 on the back line...Shot nine times on the season, but did not score any points...Helped the team to the two longest shutout streaks in program history...First assisted in shutdowns against Washington, Mississippi State and Mississippi along with parts of games against No. 16 Stanford and No. 11 Florida for the now second-best skein at UT (391:02)...Once again played every minute in the longest streak (418:28), which began on Oct. 23 at Alabama and ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against No. 25 Wake Forest, a stretch that covered parts of six games and included a perfect run at the SEC Tournament.

AS A FRESHMAN (2004):

Started all 24 matches for the Lady Vols in 2004 and helped anchor a defense that allowed just 18 goals...Was named to the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team after helping UT tie top-ranked North Carolina and defeat USC, 2-1...Registered an incredible UT debut in the 4-3 overtime win over then-#15 Duke by posting two assists...The two helpers against the Blue Devils were on fellow rookie Genna Gorman's two goals over the last 4:23 that brought UT back from a 3-1 deficit and forced overtime

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB:

Hailing from the soccer hotbed of Memphis, Erica concluded her career at Germantown High School with a flourish, being chosen all-state and as a state player of the year finalist by the Memphis Commercial Appeal...On her way to Offensive MVP honors last fall, she totaled 37 points on 14 goals and nine assists for the Lady Red Devils, including seven match-winners...A three-time all-metro and two-time all-region recipient, she snared the Most Valuable Player hardware on Germantown's state championship squad of 2001...Member of Tennessee's Olympic Development Pool...Also competes for the Fury 86 club team...Lettered twice in track...Named as the Most Athletic Female at Germantown.

PERSONAL:

Majoring in sport management...Would like to coach a club soccer team and eventually move into the collegiate coaching ranks...Has modeled herself after former Clemson All-American Deliah Arrington, who she says plays with 100 percent speed and still keeps herself and the ball under control...Admires athletes Marion Jones, Jason Kidd and Diana Taurasi and actress Sanaa Lathan from the movie Love & Basketball...Has played the recorder since the fourth grade...Considers biggest thrill as winning the state title in 2001 after being defeated in the championship match the previous season in a shootout...Erica's hobbies include babysitting her little cousins, cooking, hanging out with friends and playing basketball...Drinks either a red or orange POWERade before every match...Often drives around in her car between 20-30 minutes prior to warm-up listening to music to calm her nerves...Has an older sister, Jodi Govan, 21...Erica Elise Griffin was born Nov. 13, 1985, in Memphis, Tenn....Her mother is Yunna Griffin.

OVERALL
YearGP/GSGAPSh.GWG
200424/24022130
200523/2200090
200623/2300090
Totals70/69022310
SEC
YearGP/GSGAPSh.GWG
200411/1100050
200511/1100040
200611/1100020
Totals33/33000110
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