PATRICK ON CLARKE:
"Milan has really developed a great focus on volleyball and her individual improvement. Physically, she is more prepared coming into this season than at any other time of her career. She made great strides this spring attacking the ball as well as in her ball control. Her experience will be integral to our success this season, especially with so many newcomers to our team."
Posted a solid junior campaign, starting 12 matches and playing in all 29 contests...Was named to the AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team in Omaha, Neb., after posting team-highs in kills (24) and attacks (69) in the two-match competition...Tied her career-high with 16 kills in UT's five-match triumph over No. 21 Utah...Added a personal-best six blocks in that contest as well...Earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors on Aug. 27...Picked up her second all-tournament team nod of the season at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic after leading UT in kills and attacks with 36 and 70, respectively, at the competition...Posted a season-high .529 hitting percentage (11-2-17) versus Appalachian State and hit .407 (13-2-27) against Indiana in the championship match...Totaled 11 kills and eight blocks in two matches at the State Farm Illini Classic, Sept. 7-8...Led the Lady Vols with nine kills at then-No. 6 Florida on Oct. 7...After a 10-match drought without reaching double-digits in kills, Clarke did so twice in three matches...First recorded 13 putaways against No. 18 LSU on Oct. 12 before adding 10 at Louisville on Oct. 16...Tied her career high in blocks with six putbacks at Ole Miss on Nov. 2...Reached double digits once more with 15 kills on a career-high tying 43 attacks at Arkansas on Nov. 16...Earned a spot on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll for the second straight year.
Played in 26 matches during her sophomore campaign, earning her first start against Lehigh on Sept. 9...Posted a then career-high 13 kills in that match...Only had one kill and a block in the Lady Vols' victory over Arkansas but her energy gave the team a much-needed boost en route to the four-game victory...Knocked out a season-high .556 hitting percentage (5-0-9) at Arkansas on Oct. 20...Tied for the team lead with eight kills two days later at LSU...Also had three block assists in the contest...Pounded out 15 kills versus Ole Miss on Oct. 29...Had a career day against Kentucky on Nov. 1, notching new career highs in kills (16), attacks (39), blocks (5) and digs (6)...Was second on the team with 15 kills and tied for the team high with a personal-best 43 attacks against Florida on Nov. 17...Notched another pair of career highs just two days later with seven digs and five blocks against Auburn.
Competed in 27 contests, earning one starting nod...Was named to the 2006 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll...Posted a number of strong performances throughout the year...Smashed seven kills in the Lady Vols' three-game sweep of Central Michigan at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic...Recorded a career-best .667 (2-0-3) hitting percentage in the second game of UT's 3-1 win over Xavier on Sept. 16...Contributed five kills, the first solo block of her career and a career-best two assists in the SEC opener at Arkansas....Tallied a season and career-best 12 kills in a 3-0 victory at Georgia on Oct. 9...Followed that with a seven-kill, three-dig performance at Auburn two days later...Set a number of career highs while helping the Big Orange to a clean sweep of Georgia on Oct. 28... Personal best marks included total attacks (32), block assists (3) and total blocks (4)...Had a solid match against Auburn on Nov. 13, hitting .500 (4-0-8) and digging three Tiger attacks...Hit .333 (3-0-9) in Tennessee's comeback win at Notre Dame on Nov. 26...Tied her career high with a .667 (2-0-3) hitting percentage in the Lady Vols' NCAA First Round win against Jacksonville State, despite playing in only the third game...Contributed three kills and hit .400 (3-1-5) in the team's second round victory over defending NCAA National Finalist Minnesota.
Played four years for Santa Monica High School...Helped lead the team to the Ocean League title and qualification for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs her senior season...Named Second-Team CIF Division I Southern Section...Kill high at SMHS reached 25...Earned league and team MVP honors that season...Chosen as one of PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces"...Named All-Ocean League each of her final three years...Member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Club UNICEF and Circle of Friends...Played on the SMBC club team which finished 10th at the Reno Volleyball Festival in June 2004.
Is majoring in creative writing...Enjoys listening to music, surfing, going to the beach, cooking, yoga and hanging out with friends and family...Biggest volleyball thrill was participating in the 2005 NCAA Final Four...Models herself athletically after Michael Jordan...Admires legendary college basketball coach John Wooden...Chose Tennessee because of the excellent mix of academics and athletics along with the quality of the volleyball program...Also seriously considered Florida State, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Alabama...Has ambitions to win SEC and NCAA Championships...Has a sister, Ellis, 32, and two brothers, Pablo, 29, and Parker, 10...Pablo played volleyball for Princeton, while Ellis played at Vassar College...Milan Alexandra Clarke, the daughter of Robin Clarke, was born on May 1, 1987, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
|Kills||16 (two times), most recently vs. Utah (8/25/07)|
|Attacks||43 (two times), most recently at Arkansas (11/16/07)|
|Hitting Pct.||.667 (two times), most recently (2-0-3), vs. Jacksonville St. (12/2/05)|
|Assists||2 at Arkansas (9/23/05)|
|Solo Blocks||1 (seven times), most recently at South Carolina (10/5/07)|
|Block Assists||6 (two times), most recently at Ole Miss (11/2/07)|
|Total Blocks||6 (two times), most recently at Ole Miss (11/2/07)|
|Digs||7 vs. Auburn (11/19/06)|
|2007 SEASON HIGHS|
|Kills||16 vs. Utah (8/25)|
|Attacks||43 at Arkansas (11/16)|
|Hitting Pct.||.529 (11-2-17), vs. Appalachian State (8/31)|
|Assists||1 (four times), most recently at LSU (11/4)|
|Solo Blocks||1 (two times), most recently at South Carolina (10/5)|
|Block Assists||6 (two times), most recently at Ole Miss (11/2)|
|Total Blocks||6 (two times), most recently at Ole Miss (11/2)|
|Digs||6 vs. Utah (8/25)|