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      Cynthia Buggs
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Compton, Calif.

High School:
Long Beach Poly H.S.

Height:
5-8

Position:
Setter/Defensive Specialist/Libero

Birthdate:
07/21/1985

Experience:
1L

PATRICK ON BUGGS

"Cynthia is as athletic as Julie is, maybe more so, but doesn't have the experience that Julie does. Cynthia spent the entire off-season training and came into the preseason in fantastic shape, quicker than last year. She also has really gotten an understanding of the technical parts of setting. If we need someone to come in and set for Julie or we decide to run a 6-2 offense in certain situations, we feel very comfortable to have Cynthia in there to set and run the team. She also will have plenty of opportunity to play back row. Her understanding of volleyball, added with her great quickness and athleticism, really lends itself to allow her to be a very successful back-row player and to see a lot of playing time this year."

BUGGS' PROFILE

2003 (FRESHMAN): Her 2.93 digs/game was the 10th-highest average among SEC players and third highest among conference freshmen...Tallied five assists in 3-2 loss to Michigan State on Aug. 30...Had career-high 22 digs and four attacks in 3-2 victory over Arizona State on Sept. 6 at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno, Nev...Led UT with 15 digs in SEC opener against Ole Miss on Sept. 26, a 3-1 victory...Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week kudos after tallying 16 digs against South Carolina (Oct. 10) and 19 versus Kentucky (Oct. 12)...Also named co-Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for her two performances that week...Registered a season-high three kills to go with 11 digs in 3-0 sweep on Oct. 17 over Auburn...Recorded 13 digs in 3-1 victory over Alabama two days later...Had eight digs at Arkansas on Sept. 24...Recorded 13 digs at LSU on Oct. 26, in a 3-1 setback...Had nine digs in front of 1,571 Lady Vol fans, the largest home crowd in UT volleyball history, a 3-0 setback to No. 3 Florida...Served three aces in 3-1 victory at South Carolina on Nov. 9...Dug 13 balls in SEC Quarterfinal 3-2 victory over Georgia...Recorded 17 digs in SEC Semifinal versus eventual national runner-up Florida, including 10 in game one...Had team-high 17 digs in season-concluding 3-0 sweep at Big South Conference champion Winthrop.

HIGH SCHOOL: Buggs spent her senior season as team captain of the volleyball squad at Long Beach Poly High School...She also captained the basketball team for three seasons...Named first-team all-state in volleyball as a junior...Received all-league accolades three times, while also picking up her squad's MVP award as a senior...Helped her team claim the 2000 state championship with an overall record of 28-2...Garnered her squad's best offensive player award as a junior...Named junior varsity MVP as a freshman and varsity rookie of the year as a sophomore...Single-match career highs were 23 kills, 26 digs, 64 assists and 8 blocks.

PERSONAL: Buggs is majoring in exercise science at UT...Has two younger brothers: Kevin, 16; and Marques, 10, as well as a younger sister, Kalaya, 1...Chose Tennessee over UTEP, Morgan State and New Orleans...Wanted to come to UT because of the love everyone in Tennessee has for the University...Lists the highest ambition in her sport as winning the SEC and NCAA Championships...Aspires to become an athletic trainer in a professional sport after graduation...Famous person she admires is Magic Johnson...The biggest thrill in Buggs' sports career was winning a state championship during her sophomore season...Former teammates of Buggs' playing collegiate volleyball include Monique Lui (Long Beach City College), Jen Moiai (Long Beach City College), Jen Randall (Georgia Tech), Drew Robertson (Northwestern) and Porcha Williams (North Carolina Central)...Cynthia Lashaun Buggs, the daughter of Carl and Lakeisha Buggs, was born on July 21, 1985, in Bellflower, Calif.

BUGGS' HIGHS

CAREER AND 2003 HIGHS
Kills:3 vs. Auburn (10/17)
Attacks:4 vs. Arizona State (9/6)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):None with 3 att/g
Assists:5 vs. Michigan State (8/30)
Aces:3 at South Carolina (11/9)
Block Solos:None
Block Assists:None
Total Blocks:None
Digs:22 vs. Arizona State (9/6)

BUGGS' CAREER STATISTICS

YEARMP-GPKETAPCT.KPGASTBHESASEREDIGDPGBSBABPGBE
200229-10410639.1030.1291031213052.9000.00
TOTALS29-10410639.1030.1291031213052.9000.00

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