Courtside Chat with Amanda Friday
ROB PATRICK ON FRIDAY: "Amanda is really going to push for playing time this season. She has worked diligently in our practices to become tougher with her serve and more consistent in the passing game. Her work ethic has allowed her to improve on a daily basis, and I'm very comfortable putting her in a match as a defensive specialist or even at libero if we need her. She played well for us as a situational sub last year, but she is stronger now having gone through our weight program and has gotten much better technique and skill-wise over the summer."
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 32 of UT's matches, primarily as a serving specialist...Picked up an ace and four digs in Tennessee's season opener against Tennessee Tech at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic on Aug. 29...Added another dig later that same evening in a five-set victory over Western Kentucky...Earned her first career start against Lipscomb on Aug. 30, finishing with a then-career-high five digs from the libero position...Bested that effort less than two weeks later with six scoops against Colorado State at the Carolina Classic on Sept. 12...Added a pair of digs against No. 20 LSU on Oct. 26...Picked up her first assist of the season at Arkansas on Nov. 1...Added another versus Mississippi State five days later...Tied her career high with six digs in a 3-2 loss at Auburn on Nov. 13....Bested that mark with 10 scoops just two days later in a five-set win at Georgia...Contributed seven digs in UT's 3-1 triumph over No. 13 Florida on Nov. 20 and four scoops versus South Carolina later that weekend...Finished the regular season with five digs in a five-frame triumph over Kentucky...Posted totals of seven and four digs against Duke and Minnesota, respectively, in the NCAA Tournament...Earned a nomination for the Big Orange Heart Award, given to the student-athlete that is the definition of a true Volunteer and is full of spirit, optimism and encouragement, at the 2010 Volscars...Was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Played in 16 contests during her rookie campaign...Made her collegiate debut at LSU on Sept. 26...Recorded her first career dig against Florida on Oct. 12 and her first assist at Mississippi State on Oct. 26...Set a career high with a pair of digs in UT's 3-0 sweep over Georgia on Oct. 31...Tallied her first ace against No. 12 Florida on Nov. 14...Added another at Auburn on Nov. 23...Earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll for her work in the classroom.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Patriot District during her senior season at Robert E. Lee H.S....Also claimed all-region and set career records for both digs and aces, as well as the single-match digs standard...Was the MVP for the Virginia Elite club volleyball team in 2006...Led the Lady Lancers to district championships in both her sophomore and junior years...Picked up first-team all-district, honorable mention all-region and all-region all-tournament team accolades both seasons...Also earned two varsity letters as a member of the softball team and was named MVP of her freshman basketball team...Earned scholar athlete status with a GPA over 3.5 all four years of her high school career...Participated in both National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in psychology...Lists her favorite hobbies as listening to music and reading mystery or adventure novels...Also enjoys snowboarding and whitewater rafting...Names her club coach, Tom Lowrey, as the biggest influence in her sports career...Has one sister, Jimmie Lee, 23...Amanda Raquel Friday, the daughter of Jeff and Reina Friday, was born on July 12, 1990, in Springfield, Va.