13Sarah Van Sickle
AS A JUNIOR (2007): Played a key role off the bench for UT in 2007...Saw time in 20 matches, making four starts...Helped the defense record 11 shutouts on the year...Started and played 68 minutes in the Lady Vols' 0-0 tie with eventual national champion Southern Cal on Sept. 16...Was on the pitch for a quarter of Tennessee's program record-breaking 457:30 shutout streak that spanned five matches...Started UT's 1-1 tie with Arkansas on Oct. 7...Was the Lady Vols' go-to player for throw-ins, using her powerful tosses like a corner kick, putting the ball into the box every time...Played against both Furman and Portland during the NCAA Tournament...Earned her third consecutive Academic All-SEC nod.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2006): Saw time in all 23 matches, starting 16 in the back for the Lady Vols...Tallied two assists on the season, doubling her output from her first season...Dished out the assist on Emily Redberg's game winner against UNC Greensboro in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic...Her other assist came on the Orange and White's first goal against No. 1 North Carolina in the NCAA Sweet 16...Was a key piece in the back line that helped UT to record eight shutouts in 2006, starting seven of those matches...Recorded nine shots on the season, including two against both Maryland and Alabama...Started in wins over Virginia, UNC Greensboro, Stanford, No. 20 Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn and UAB...Was a starter on the back line for UT's 1-1 tie and penalty kick advancement over Duke in the NCAA Tournament second round...Named Academic All-SEC.
AS A FRESHMAN (2005): Appeared in 21 matches, drawing 16 starts on the back line...Tallied her first collegiate assist on a throw-in play against South Carolina on Oct. 2...Her toss found the head of Kylee Rossi, who flicked it past the goalkeeper for the score...Started every match during the then-record 391:02 shutout streak, which lasted through parts of five matches...Also contributed to the new record stretch during the Lady Vols' run to the SEC Tournament title, starting the championship game against Auburn after playing 81 minutes in the double-overtime scoreless tie against No. 20 Vanderbilt...Got the call as a starter and played every minute in UT's NCAA Second Round 3-0 loss to No. 6 Virginia...Took eight shots on the year, with three coming on goal...Earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: A three-sport athlete at Farragut H.S. in Knoxville in soccer, cross country and track, Sarah was a three-time all-district, all-region and all-state selection (2002, 2003, 2004) in soccer...In 2002 she was chosen as the all-district soccer forward of the year for her efforts...On the track, as a member of the 4x200 relay, Sarah was part of a squad that finished third at the Tennessee state meet and established a school-record...Playing for the Diadora Lady Impact club team, she was a participant on a 2005 Tennessee state championship squad that advanced on to regional play.
PERSONAL: Majoring in psychology...Recently decided to pursue a career in ministry through Athletes in Action, starting in June 2009...Entering her third year as a member of the AIA leadership team...Hobbies include church-league basketball and participation on a summer swim team...Ambitions include sharing Christ with others and working in ministry with collegiate athletes or people with severe addictions...Has an older sister, Lisa, 23; and younger siblings, Laura, 19, and Tommy, 16...Sarah Robin Van Sickle was born March 28, 1987, in Knoxville, Tenn....Her parents are Tom Van Sickle and Robin Meyers.