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      Whitney Gifford
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
York, Pa.

High School:
Dallastown H.S.

Height:
6-0

Position:
Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker

Birthdate:
10/20/1982

Experience:
3L

PATRICK ON GIFFORD

"Whitney can play any position for us, except setter, and play it at a very high level. She might be one of our most valuable players just because we can change lineups and as long as she's one of the players on the court, we can do it easily because of her flexibility. This year, she's going to see a lot of time at outside hitter and right-side hitter while also playing some back row and libero. She's an excellent blocker who we might put on the best hitter of the other team. Her passing and defensive skills are excellent also. It's going to be exciting to have Whitney on the court when things get crazy during tight matches. She's going to be pretty unflappable because she's been through it for four years."

GIFFORD'S PROFILE

2003 (JUNIOR): Earned the Coaches' Award for her all-around talent, ranking third on the squad with 76 blocks, fourth in digs with 282, fifth in kills (167) and placing second with 50 helpers...Played in all 31 matches and 113 games for the Lady Vols...Registered 17 digs and seven kills in 3-0 sweep over Villanova on Aug. 30...Had four blocks versus East Tennessee State on Sept. 13, a 3-0 Lady Vol victory...Compiled five blocks in 3-0 sweep of Miami University on Sept. 20...Had 10 digs in SEC-opening match against Ole Miss, a 3-0 victory on Sept. 26...Compiled 11 digs and eight blocks in 3-1 victory versus South Carolina...Had five blocks in 3-1 victory over Kentucky on Oct. 12...Dug 11 balls in 3-0 sweep over Auburn on Oct. 17...Tallied six kills and a Lady Vol match-high nine digs in a 3-0 setback at Arkansas on Oct. 24...Had six kills and eight digs against No. 3 Florida on Oct. 31...Accumulated 15 digs, seven kills and three blocks in UT's final home match of the season, a 3-0 sweep over Georgia...Set personal season standard with eight blocks against South Carolina on Oct. 10, a 3-1 Lady Vol victory...Had 10 kills and six assists at South Carolina, a 3-1 win, on Nov. 9...Tallied eight kills along with four blocks in a 3-0 victory at Mississippi State on Nov. 14...Compiled four kills in 3-0 sweep at Ole Miss on Nov. 16...Tallied a career-high 20 digs in a 3-2 SEC Semifinal victory against Georgia...Recorded season-high 12 kills and hit .400 in a 3-0 sweep over Big South Conference champion Winthrop in season-concluding match...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2002 (SOPHOMORE): Gifford was forced to sit out the first seven matches of the season with a strained abdominal muscle...Came back and finished the year with 56 kills on 177 attempts...Also functioned as a defensive presence with 146 digs and 43 blocks...Led the Lady Vols in blocks in six of the 20 matches she played...Did the same with digs on two occasions...Had a total of five matches in which she recorded at least 10 digs...Made her first appearance of the year against Virginia on Sept. 13 at the Toyota of Knoxville Lady Vol Classic...Only played in two games that match but did record seven digs...Her offensive capabilities began to return to the previous year's form against Arkansas on Sept. 29 when she ripped off a season-high nine kills on 24 attempts...Gifford also had 10 digs against the Lady Razorbacks...Had a solid all-around performance at Kentucky on Oct. 11, with four kills, five blocks and a season-best 15 digs...Turned in a similar act in a 3-2 victory over MTSU on Oct. 15, posting seven kills, nine digs and three blocks...In the Lady Vols' next contest with Ole Miss on Oct. 18, Gifford chipped in six kills and 11 digs in another 3-2 win...Played a vital role on defense in Starkville, Miss., that same weekend when she rejected a season-high seven attacks...Gifford also tossed in five kills and a dozen digs against the Bulldogs of Mississippi State...She struggled offensively over the Orange and White's next six tilts but made up for it with solid passing and defensive assistance before rebounding to hit a season-best .444 at ETSU on Nov. 12 with four kills and no errors on nine swings...Gifford also had 12 digs in Johnson City, Tenn...Ended the year at Arkansas on Nov. 22 in the first round of the SEC Tournament with seven digs...Capped the season with Academic All-SEC kudos.

2001 (FRESHMAN): Gifford showed great versatility her freshman year, proving she is capable of undertaking several different roles when asked to...She played in all but one of the Lady Vols' matches, appearing in 83 games...Tallied 101 kills on 276 attacks for the year, sixth-highest on the team...Her total of 33 assists was second to Erica Lear...Aced her opponents 17 times, fourth-best on the squad...Also placed fourth on the team in digs with 167...Racked up 51 blocks...Broke the Stokely Athletics Center record for block assists in one game by a Lady Vol with 10 against Marquette on Nov. 23...Had a career-high 18 kills, 33 attacks and 16 digs against Georgia on Nov. 11 for her first double-double.

HIGH SCHOOL: Gifford recorded 486 kills in her three-year career at DHS...Earned all-county honors in soccer and basketball as well as all-state, district and county accolades in volleyball...Helped her volleyball team to county and district crowns in 1997.

PERSONAL: Gifford is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology...She lists photography, collecting Fiestaware and watching NASCAR as her hobbies...She plans to pursue a career as a forensic pathologist...Whitney Lynn Gifford was born on Oct. 20, 1982, in York, Pa....Her parents are Dave and Joy Gifford.

GIFFORD'S HIGHS

CAREER HIGHS
Kills:18 vs. Georgia (11/11/01)
Attacks:33 vs. Georgia (11/11/01)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.500 (5-1-8) vs. Auburn (10/12/01)
Assists:9 at Ole Miss (10/28/01)
Aces:3 (two times), most recently vs. Marquette (11/23/01)
Block Solos:1 (11 times), most recently vs. Gonzaga (9/6/03)
Block Assists:10 vs. Marquette (11/23/01)
Total Blocks:10 vs. Marquette (11/23/01)
Digs:20 vs. Georgia (11/21/03)
2003 SEASON HIGHS
Kills:12 at Winthrop (11/28)
Attacks:28 vs. Michigan (9/13)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g):.400 (12-2-25) at Winthrop (11/28)
Assists:6 at South Carolina (11/9)
Aces:2 (two times), most recently vs. Georgia (11/21)
Block Solos:1 (two times), most recently vs. Gonzaga (9/6)
Block Assists:8 vs. South Carolina (10/10)
Total Blocks:8 vs. South Carolina (10/10)
Digs:20 vs. Georgia (11/21)

GIFFORD'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEARMP-GPKETAPCT.KPGASTBHESASEREDIGDPGBSBABPGBE
200126-8310158276.1561.23381721281672.03480.65
200220-675639177.0960.815365161462.26370.68
200331-11316781464.1851.55061536252822.52740.76
TOTALS77-263324178917.1591.298173762695952.3111590.619

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