Ellen  Mullins

10Ellen Mullins


Nashville, Tenn.

High School:
Father Ryan H.S.



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Kills: 1, 4x (Alabama, 10/28/12)
Attacks: 2 (Seton Hall, 9/10/11)
Hitting Pct.: --
Assists: 7 (Missouri, 10/5/12)
Aces: 4 (Arkansas, 10/14/12)
Solo Blocks: --
Block Assists: --
Total Blocks: --
Digs: 34 (Missouri, 10/5/12)
*Through December 1, 2012

  • 2012 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2012 AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention
  • 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (3x)
  • 2012 Comcast Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament Team
  • 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2010 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

AS A JUNIOR (2012)
  • Tabbed AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and to the AVCA All-South Region Team
  • Started all 30 matches at the libero position and was one of just two players to play in all 119 sets
  • Earned a league-best three SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors
  • Led the Lady Vols with career-best marks in digs (541) and digs per set (4.55) - marks that ranks second and fourth in the SEC, respectively
  • Her 4.55 digs per set ranks third all-time in the rally scoring era at Tennessee
  • Currently sits third in the Tennessee record books with a career average of 3.67 digs per game
  • Behind Mullins, the Lady Vols ranked fourth in the SEC in digs per set (16.14) and finished the league slate ranked second in the category (17.05)
  • Recorded 22 digs against Michigan (11/29) in the NCAA Tournament
  • Posted 15 digs in a three-set victory over Mississippi State (11/23)
  • Averaged 6.33 digs per set with 19 against LSU (11/18)
  • Finished with a match-high 28 digs vs. Auburn (11/16)
  • Had 18 scoops in three sets at South Carolina (11/11)
  • Became the 13th Lady Vol to surpass the 1,000-dig mark with 28 scoops at No. 13 Florida (11/4)
  • Had a match-high 29 digs and added five assists vs. Kentucky (10/26)
  • Averaged 6.0 digs per set with 18 total scoops at Texas A&M (10/19)
  • Set a new career high with four aces and added 17 digs at Arkansas (10/14)
  • Compiled 30+ digs for the second time in three matches with 32 at LSU (10/10)
  • Totaled career-high 34 digs vs. Mizzou (10/5), a mark that stands as the seventh-highest total in UT history and second-most in the rally scoring era
  • Scooped 22 digs against the Gamecocks (9/23)
  • Notched 22 digs and five assists at Maryland (9/8)
  • Posted 21 digs in five-set win at Wichita State (9/2)
  • Finished with 19 digs in a five-set victory over Iowa State (8/25)
  • Started every match on the year at the libero position
  • Was the team leader in digs with 471, averaging 3.80 scoops per set
  • Her digs tally ranked fifth in the SEC and third in the Lady Vol record books during the 25-point rally scoring era
  • Registered a career-high 31 digs at Kentucky on Oct. 12, which was the third most in any SEC match during the season
  • Tabbed the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 17, for efforts at UK and Mississippi State
  • In the road matches versus the Wildcats and Bulldogs, she averaged 5.75 digs per set and the 31 scoops against Kentucky ranks eighth all-time in UT history
  • Dug up 10 or more attacks in 29 matches during the campaign, including the first seven contests and in 18 conference matches
  • Was the team leader in digs in 19 matches
  • Dished out a career-high five assists against Louisville on Nov. 11
  • Also Tied a career high in aces, recording two against Seton Hall and in the NCAA Tournament opener versus Duke
  • Named to the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Played in 73 sets in 26 matches
  • Finished the season with 149 digs for an average of 2.04 per set
  • Added 19 assists and five aces
  • Posted season-best 14 digs in a four-set win vs. Pittsburgh (Sept. 11)
  • Recorded 11 digs at Ohio (Sept. 10)

  • Spent her prep career at Father Ryan High School in Nashville where she became the first player in school history to start every match for four consecutive seasons while leading the Lady Irish to the state championships each year and earning team MVP honors in both 2008 and 2009
  • A four-time all-state and all-region performer, she also earned numerous honors from PrepVolleyball.com, claiming "Highest Honorable Mention" All-American status and being named to the Senior Top 150 list in 2009
  • Was also a part of the web site's "Defensive Dandies" list from 2006-09
  • Was a finalist for the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009
  • Named the "Libero of the Year' by The Tennessean in 2007 and was a four-time All-Midstate honoree by the newspaper from 2006-09 as well
  • Was also a standout in the classroom at Father Ryan High School where she claimed a spot on the honor roll each semester for four years
  • Participated on the Nashville One and Impact Volleyball Club teams during her prep years
  • Helped the Nashville One squad qualify for the USA Volleyball (USAV) Junior Olympics in April of 2009, while Impact VBC earned a spot at the national tournament each year from 2003-08, winning the competition in both 2006 and 2008.

  • Plans major in business
  • Lists her hobbies outside of volleyball as swimming, cooking and spending time with her first niece
  • Names her mom as her biggest sports influence because she was a great basketball player
  • Models herself athletically after her sister Ann because they play the same position and she has taught her how to work hard and improve her game
  • Is quite familiar with the University of Tennessee as her father, Steve, attended school in Knoxville from 1975-79, while her sister, Ann, 24, was a member of the Lady Vol volleyball team in both 2003 and 2004 before transferring to Lipscomb where she was named Atlantic Sun Libero of the Year in 2005 and earned first team all-conference honors in 2006
  • Also has a sister, Marie, 19, that is currently a setter for Austin Peay
  • Has two other sisters as well, Lynne, 26, and Maggie, 13
  • Chose to attend Tennessee over offers from Lipscomb, Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State
  • Former teammates playing college volleyball include Nicole Smith (Notre Dame), Emily Teegarden (Western Kentucky), Alison Woods (UAB), Sam Serley (UAB), Dani Howe (East Tennessee), Angelle Hayes (Carson Newman), Brittany Eller (Trevecca) and Kristen Sharp (Maryville)
  • Ellen Patricia Mullins, the daughter of Steve and Sarah Mullins, was born on Nov. 22, 1991, in Nashville, Tenn.


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