Feb. 2, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee senior middle blocker Sarah Blum has claimed yet another honor following her record-breaking career, as she has been named to the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) Stellar Spikers Second Team.
A 2006 First Team All-Southeastern Conference honoree, Blum leaves Rocky Top as the school's career leader in total blocks and blocks-per-game, having notched totals of 674 and 1.55, respectively. During her four years at Tennessee, the Tulsa, Okla., native produced the school's top four marks in blocks per game, culminating with an average of 1.83 in 2006. She also closed out her career with 1,101 kills, good for the 13th highest total in UT history, while her .314 hitting percentage is fourth all-time. She is one of only two Lady Vols to record 1,000 kills and 600 blocks during their career.
Blum concluded this past season with team-highs in kills (359), hitting percentage (.338), solo blocks (24), block assists (185), total blocks (209), and points (484.0). She also finished third on the team with 784 attacks and a 3.15 kills-per-game average. Her block total and blocks-per-game average both ranked third in the nation as well.
In honoring 79 student-athletes from across the nation, CVU.com looked for players that exhibited excellence and balance. While NCAA statistical rankings were considered, they were not the only deciding factor. Also taken into account in the formation of the two teams of 14 and in choosing the 51 Honorable Mention selections was the impact the player had on helping her team succeed as well as conference awards.
First- and Second-Team selections were formed around the idea of building a team with a starting line up of seven players and then two players per starting slot were chosen to fill out each team. The Honorable Mention team, however, did not follow this pattern.
|CVU.com Stellar Spikers First Team|
|Abbey Breit||OH||Jr.||Jacksonville State||OVC|
|Sarah Pavan||OH||Jr.||Nebraska||Big 12|
|Kelly-Anne Billingy||OH||Jr.||Marshall||Conference USA|
|Maria Andonova||OH||Sr.||Florida A&M||MEAC|
|Kristen Carlson||OH||Sr.||San Diego||WCC|
|Jessie Nevitt||MB||So.||Cincinnati||Big East|
|Amanda McCormick||L||Jr.||Ball State||Mid-American|
|Stephanie Figgers||L||Sr.||Stephen F. Austin||Southland|
|Rachel Holloway||S||Fr.||Nebraska||Big 12|
|CVU.com Stellar Spikers Second Team|
|Jessica Brodie||OH||Sr.||Portland State||Big Sky|
|Jordan Larson||OH||So.||Nebraska||Big 12|
|Airial Salvo||OH||So.||Utah||Mountain West|
|Shonda Cole||OH||Sr.||South Carolina||SEC|
|Emillie Toone||MB||Jr.||Utah||Mountain West|
|Faye Barhorst||MB||Sr.||Dayton||Atlantic 10|
|Gina Guide||L||Sr.||Northern Illinois||Mid American|
|Savanah Parra||S||Sr.||Ohio||Mid American|
Complete list, including the 51 Honorable Mention selections, can be found online at www.cvu.com