PATRICK ON LEAR: "I look for Erica to run the team and the offense on the court with her senior leadership and our coaching staff has given her free reign to do so. Already one of the best setters in the conference, I expect that she will emerge as a standout on the national scene in her senior year."
2000: Established herself as the leading setter in the SEC, averaging 13.60 assists per game…Spent time ranked nationally in assists, peaking at No. 13…Captianed the squad, along with Ariana Wilson, back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993…Earned first team All-South District honors for the first time…Was named second team All-SEC for the second consecutive year…Registered 1,523 assists on the season, setting a new UT single-season mark…Bettered Molly Mooney's and Amy Rauch's single match assist record on Oct. 6 when she posted 88 helpers against Arkansas…Had six matches where she totaled more than 60 assists…Recorded 16 double-double performances in assists and digs…Led the team in digs, averaging 2.88 per game…An emotional leader on and off the court, she earned the team's Most Inspirational Award.
1999: Despite missing five matches as a sophomore, Lear boasted impressive assist numbers to surge toward the top of the Lady Vols' season and career record books…She led the team with 1,203 assists, the sixth highest single season total for a Lady Vol setter…Her two-year total of 2,294 assists places her in the fifth position on the UT career list…She ranked third in the SEC in assists for the second straight year and was named to the All-SEC second team…Averaged 12.2 per game…Tallied 44 assists and four service aces against Auburn on Nov. 19…Posted 68 assists on Nov. 14 versus Georgia in Stokely, the highest total at home all season...She reached the 2,000 assist plateau with a 26-assist effort against Georgia State on Oct. 26…Registered 70 assists on Oct. 10 when the Lady Vols hosted No. 21 Arkansas…She earned an SEC Player of the Week citation for the week ending Oct. 5…Lear set her way to a season-high 72 assists on Sept. 28 when UT visited Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech.
1998: In her first season of collegiate play, Lear established herself as one of the best setters in the Southeastern Conference…In her initial campaign, she averaged 13.14 assists, 2.6 digs and 0.86 kills per game…She finished third in the SEC in assists (13.14) and was first in assists in conference-only matches (13.78)…Against Georgia at the Stokely Athletics Center she established a career- and arena-record 73 assists versus the Bulldogs…Her 1,091 assists in 1998 registered as the seventh-best single season mark at Tennessee and placed her eighth all-time at UT in career assists…Lear also led the squad in service aces (35) and aces per game (0.42)…Had 10 double-doubles and nearly pulled off a triple-double against Louisiana State, as she netted 64 assists, 14 digs and eight kills to go along with a .636 (8-1-11) hitting percentage…Versus Alabama she smacked down five service aces on the Crimson Tide…Made her first career start against Eastern Kentucky and aided her teammates with 44 assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lear was a two-time USVBA All-American (1995 & 1997) and also earned SCIVA and Circle City All-America honors in 1995 and 1997, respectively...She was an all-state, all-area and all-conference selection as a junior and senior...Earned all-area player of the year honors following her junior and senior seasons...Lear was a two-time team captain and a four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball...In club competition, her team finished second at the Junior Olympics in 1997 and placed fifth in both 1994 and 1996...Her team won both the Mideast Qualifier and the Austin Lonestar Qualifier in 1996 en route to the Junior Olympics...As an all-state selection in basketball her senior season, she helped guide her team to the state semifinals...In basketball, Lear was a three-time all-area and all-conference selection.
PERSONAL: Lear is majoring in English…Has one sister, Lace, 15, and one brother, Damein, 12...Hobbies include writing and music...Recipient of the Silver Key Art Award...Heavily involved in numerous parks and recreation camps as well as the Interact Club in high school…Erica Alace Lear was born Aug. 2, 1980, in Indianapolis...Her parents are Jeff and Rebekah Lear.
Kills: 9 at Arkansas (10/6/00)
Attacks: 24 at Arkansas (10/6/00)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g): .636 (8-1-11) vs. Louisiana State (11/18/98)
Assists: 88 at Arkansas (10/6/00)
Aces: 5 vs. Alabama (11/20/98)
Block Solos: 2 vs. Appalachian State (10/5/98)
Block Assists: 5 vs. Georgia (9/24/99)
Total Blocks: 5 vs. Georgia (9/24/99), at Alabama (10/20/00), and vs. Washington State (12/1)
Digs: 19 at Arkansas (10/6/00) and at Alabama (10/20/00)
Kills: 9 at Arkansas (10/6)
Attacks: 24 at Arkansas (10/6)
Percentage (min. 3 att/g): .462 at Alabama (10/20)
Assists: 88 at Arkansas (10/6)
Aces: 3 at South Carolina (10/1)
Block Solos: 1 vs. Mississippi State (9/24)
Block Assists: 5 at Alabama (10/20) and vs. Washington State (12/1)
Total Blocks: 5 at Alabama (10/20) and vs. Washington State (12/1)
Digs: 19 at Arkansas (10/6) and at Alabama (10/20)
LEAR'S CAREER STATISTICS