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    Sarah Blum 24    
     
      Sarah Blum
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tulsa, Okla.

High School:
Bishop Kelly

Height:
6-3

Position:
MB

Birthdate:
10/29/1984

Experience:
3L

PATRICK ON BLUM

"Sarah has done a great job of making herself even more athletic than she has been in the past. She's always been a great blocker and, this year, she will have the speed and ability to control the net defensively. Sarah's improved quickness and stamina will also allow her to be more of an offensive threat for us this year."

BLUM'S PROFILE

2005 (JUNIOR): Second Team All-SEC member who set the single-season school record in blocks per game for the third consecutive year with an average of 1.53...Career blocks per game average of 1.45 leads the UT record book as well...Ranked third in the SEC and 21st nationally...Enters the 2006 season with 465 career blocks, just one away from second place on the UT career blocks chart, after finishing the 2005 campaign with a team-high 161, good for the fifth best season in school history... Hitting percentage of .300 placed her second on the team and 10th in the SEC...Led UT in blocks in 20 of 34 matches...Recorded five kills and six blocks in the season opener at Lipscomb...Had five kills in 3-0 victory over Utah on Sept. 3 at the Tiger Invitational...Hit .588 (10-0-17) in loss to No. 21 Missouri the following night...Collected four kills and hit .600 (4-1-5) in the third and final game of the Orange and White's 3-0 win against Baylor on Sept. 8, the first day of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic...Posted a total of eight kills and 11 blocks the next day in a pair of matches against Central Michigan and College of Charleston...Compiled eight kills in Tennessee's 3-1 victory over Xavier at the Mortar Board Premier on Sept. 16...Totaled 10 kills and had a hitting percentage of .389 in a pair of matches versus Ohio and Purdue the next day...Returned after missing 11 days of competition due to injury and tallied five kills and three blocks in a five-game loss at Louisville on Sept. 28...Contributed seven kills and eight blocks in UT's 3-0 win against Ole Miss two days later...Added five kills, three blocks and a dig against Mississippi State on Oct. 2...Blocked seven Florida attacks and had five kills in a 3-0 loss in Gainesville...Recorded a .579 hitting percentage and did not have an attack error (11-0-19) in a three-game sweep at Georgia...Also added a pair of blocks in the win...Posted 11 kills and six denials in an Oct. 14 victory at Auburn...Continued her hot play with 13 kills and nine blocks in a road loss to Alabama...Helped the Lady Vols sweep Kentucky at home with eight kills and five blocks...Had 12 kills and four blocks on Oct. 26 in a 3-0 win at South Carolina...Added nine kills and four blocks two days later in a sweep of Georgia in front of the largest home crowd in school history, 3,311...Played a large role in the Lady Vols' victory over No. 4 Florida on Oct. 30 with nine kills and a season-high 11 blocks...Contributed six kills and five blocks in a sweep of Kentucky on the road...Tallied six kills and seven blocks in a midweek contest against South Carolina...Collected 11 kills and two blocks in a 3-0 win against Alabama on Nov. 11...Put together a solid performance in the first round of the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State with a .600 hitting percentage (6-0-10), four blocks and a season-high three digs...Had eight kills and eight blocks in the loss to Alabama in the SEC Semifinals...Compiled three kills, two digs and six blocks when the Big Orange traveled to No. 7 Notre Dame and rallied from two games down to claim a five-game thriller on Nov. 26...Posted a spectacular performance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Jacksonville State when she tied for the second-highest hitting percentage recorded by a Lady Vol in 2005 with a .667 average (12-0-18)...Added 10 kills and seven blocks in the Big Orange's comeback victory over defending national finalist Minnesota in the second round of the tournament...Named State College Regional Most Valuable Player, CVU.com National Player of the Week and Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for performances against Penn State and Missouri at the NCAA Regional Championships...For the two matches, Blum totaled 20 kills and 20 blocks, averaging 2.50 per game for each...She also hit .294 and chipped in three digs...Put up solid numbers in the Lady Vols' National Semifinals contest against No. 3 Washington, with nine kills, five blocks and a .348 hitting percentage (9-1-23).

2004 (SOPHOMORE): Ranked third in the SEC and led the Lady Vols in blocks/game...Block average set a school record, surpassing Blum's 2003 mark...Career block average of 1.41 leads the UT record book as well...Hitting percentage of .297 ranked her second on the squad and eighth among SEC players...Matched her freshman season with an identical total of 152 blocks, the seventh-highest single-season total at Rocky Top...Hit .500 (10-1-8) in 3-0 sweep over Duke on Sept. 5...Nine kills in 3-0 sweep over Wake Forest...Blum tied the school record with 14 blocks versus No. 24 Purdue on Sept. 11, a 3-1 UT win...The mark also broke the Stokely Athletics Center mark...Hit .417 with 12 kills in the match to go along with her record block total...Named to the Domino's Pizza Lady Vol Classic all-tournament team after she hit .415 with 3.0 kills/game and 2.1 blocks/game...Had six blocks in UT's 3-1 win over Western Michigan on Sept. 17...Hit 1.000 (5-0-5) in the third game of 3-0 sweep versus Kentucky...Contributed .750 hitting percentage (6-0-8) in the contest...Hit .462 (6-0-13) in the Big Orange's sweep at Mississippi State...Had six blocks in the Orange and White's 3-0 sweep over Ole Miss on Oct. 10...Hit .571 (4-0-7) in game three and .400 (3-1-5) in the fourth game of the Lady Vols' 3-1 win at Auburn...Finished with 10 kills to go along with a team-leading five blocks in the contest...Six blocks set the pace in UT's 3-1 win at Alabama on Oct. 17...Totaled five blocks in 3-0 sweep over Georgia on Oct. 24...Contributed 11 kills and eight blocks to 3-1 win at Appalachian State...Continued to show her strong presence at the net with team-leading six blocks as Lady Vols defeated Arkansas, 3-1...Tallied 13 kills and hit .458 (13-2-24) as Tennessee topped LSU...Hit .500 (6-1-10) in game one...Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after compiling 18 blocks in the wins over Appalachian State, Arkansas and LSU...Nine blocks helped lead Tennessee to historic 3-2 win at Florida on Nov. 14...Recorded 10 blocks in UT's victories over Auburn and Arkansas in back-to-back matches at the SEC Tournament... Contributed seven kills in semifinal contest versus the Lady'Backs...Had impressive .474 hitting percentage (10-1-19) and six blocks as UT completed the regular season with a 3-0 sweep over Pittsburgh on Nov. 26...Hit .533 (9-1-15) and added four blocks in Orange and White's 3-0 sweep over Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...Led UT in NCAA Second Round 3-1 win versus Texas A&M on Dec. 4 with a .417 hitting percentage (11-1-24) and eight blocks...Was a strong presence at the net, both offensively and defensively, hitting .348 (10-2-23) and tallying eight blocks as Tennessee fell to Ohio State, 3-2, in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Dec. 10.

2003 (FRESHMAN): Tallied 152 blocks, the seventh-highest single-season total in Tennessee volleyball history...Her 1.39 blocks/game ranked Blum third in the SEC and 27th among NCAA Division I players...Mark set a school record, only to be broken in 2004 by Blum...Led the Lady Vols in blocks in 22 of 31 matches...Her .312 hitting percentage ranked the freshman seventh in that category among SEC players...Named to the SEC All-Freshman team...Started her collegiate career with a bang, leading UT to a 3-1 victory in the season opener over eventual Atlantic Coast Conference champion Maryland with 14 kills...In UT's final match of the University of Maryland Tournament against Villanova, a 3-0 victory, Blum hit a season-best .556 (6-1-9)...Named to the University of Maryland Tournament and the Toyota Knoxville Lady Vol Classic all-tournament teams...Between those two tournaments, Blum played well at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno, Nev., compiling 13 kills, a .358 hitting percentage and five blocks in UT's tournament finale against Gonzaga, a 3-0 win...Also had five blocks, a match high, in UT's tournament opener at Nevada on Sept. 5...Against the Bulldogs on Sept. 6, Blum had a season-high six helpers...In the first match of the Lady Vol Classic against Cal State Fullerton, a 3-0 victory, Blum hit .484 with 17 kills...At DePaul in the final match of the Blue Demon Invitational, Blum served three aces in a five-point span to tie game one at 14 and spark the Lady Vols to a 30-25 victory before UT went on to sweep the Blue Demons in three...Got the SEC home schedule off to a roaring start by recording 16 kills against Ole Miss (to go with a season-high six digs and seven blocks) before recording a career-best 18 kills two days later versus Mississippi State, both 3-1 victories...Also recorded seven blocks against the Lady Bulldogs and hit .536...Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after blocking seven attacks in those victories over the pair of Mississippi schools...Had eight blocks versus South Carolina on Oct. 10, a 3-1 victory...Compiled 17 kills, a .414 hitting percentage and eight stuffs in 3-1 home victory over Kentucky on Oct. 12...Had 11 kills and eight blocks in 3-0 sweep over Auburn on Oct. 17...Tallied 10 kills and four denials in 3-1 victory over Alabama on Oct. 19...In front of a large contingent of her family at Arkansas on Oct. 24, a 3-0 setback, Blum led the Lady Vols with 11 kills, four blocks, three digs and two service aces...In the final home match of the season, she led the Orange and White to a 3-0 victory over Georgia with her imposing presence at the net, setting a then-career-high and then-Stokely Athletics Center-record 11 blocks as Tennessee held UGA to a .088 hitting percentage...Also was an offensive threat, tallying seven kills against the Lady Bulldogs...Had 11 kills in 3-0 sweeps at Mississippi State (five) and Ole Miss (six) on Nov. 14 and 16...In the SEC Quarterfinal against the same Bulldogs, she recorded a match-high eight blocks...Tallied nine kills and four blocks in final match of the season, a 3-0 sweep at Big South Conference champion Winthrop...Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and appointed to the Lady Vol Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL: Blum was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Bishop Kelley High School...Her high school team won four-straight state titles from 1999-02 with a combined record of 243-10-4 and an astonishing .953 winning percentage...Blum's 2000 and 2001 squads did not drop a match, with unblemished records of 60-0-1 and 69-0-2, respectively...Was named to 13 all-tournament teams during her four years, including selections on the all-state teams during her junior and senior years...She took home MVP honors at the state tournament her senior campaign...In 2003, she was named the Jim Thorpe Oklahoma High School Female Athlete of the Year, Oklahoma Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year and the Jim Thorpe Volleyball Player of the Year...Collected MVP of the Junior Olympics accolades after her team, the Tulsa Volleyball Club, won the national championship in the club division of the 17s in 2002...Blum compiled 939 kills on 1,629 attacks and committed a mere 167 errors during her four years at Bishop Kelley for a stellar .474 hitting percentage...Single-match career highs were 26 attacks, 16 kills and 12 digs...Was also a commanding presence on defense with 392 blocks, 330 of which were solo efforts...Garnered a spot on her school's honor roll and was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Comets for Christ, Youth Group, Food Club, Pep Club, Anchor Club and National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Blum is a marketing major at UT...Has two older sisters: Katie, 25; and Amy, 23...Chose to attend Tennessee over Wisconsin, San Diego and South Carolina...Lists the highest ambition in her sport as winning a national championship...Famous person she admires is the late music icon Elvis Presley...Her biggest sports influence was her club coach, Rich Kaiser...Blum's biggest thrills in sports have been winning a state championship with her sister in high school and claiming 17 club nationals in 2002...Favorite song is "My Girl" by The Temptations...Former teammates of Blum's playing collegiate volleyball include Brittany Arnold (Oral Roberts), Christie Clark (North Carolina) and Beth Hodge (Utah State)...Sarah Rebecca Blum, the daughter of David and Janet Blum, was born on Oct. 29, 1984, in Tulsa, Okla.

BLUM'S HIGHS

CAREER HIGHS
Kills:18 vs. Mississippi State (9/28/03)
Attacks: 31 vs. Cal State Fullerton (9/12/03)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.750 (6-0-8) vs. Kentucky (10/3/04)
Assists:6 vs. Gonzaga (9/6/03)
Aces:3 (two times), most recently vs. South Carolina (10/10/03)
Block Solos:3 (two times), most recently vs. Arkansas (11/5/03)
Block Assists:13 vs. Purdue (9/11/04)
Total Blocks:14 vs. Purdue (9/11/04)
Digs:6 vs. Ole Miss (9/26/03)
2005 SEASON HIGHS
Kills:13 at Alabama (10/16)
Attacks:30 vs. Missouri (12/10)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g): .667 (12-0-18) vs. Jacksonville State (12/2)
Assists:2 at Purdue (9/17)
Aces:1 vs. Central Michigan (9/10)
Block Solos: 2 (three times), most recently vs. Alabama (11/19)
Block Assists:11 (two times), most recently at Penn State (12/9)
Total Blocks:11 (two times), most recently at Penn State (12/9)
Digs:3 vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 19)

BLUM'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEAR
MP-GP
K
E
TA
PCT.
KPG
AST
BHE
SA
SE
RE
DIG
DPG
BS
BA
BPG
BE
2003
31-109
284
95
605
.312
2.6
14
7
23
13
0
67
0.6
20
132
1.4
24
2004
30-107
220
72
498
.297
2.1
4
3
0
1
1
31
0.3
11
141
1.4
13
2005
34-105
238
65
577
.300
2.3
5
3
1
1
3
24
0.2
12
149
1.5
9
TOTALS
95-321
742
232
1680
.304
2.3
23
13
24
15
4
122
0.4
43
422
1.3
46

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