March 3, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee volleyball freshman Jamie Lea was recognized as the Outstanding Female Athlete at the 8th Annual African-American Image Awards produced by the Black Cultural Programming Committee.
"It is such an honor to be recognized by my class and peers for this award," Lea said. "I thank God for blessing me with my talent, my teammates and coaches for helping me to achieve this award, and my family and friends for supporting me throughout my freshman season. It was shocking and out of the blue, but I am truly blessed beyond measure. It goes to show that someone is always watching you."
The outside hitter wrapped up her inaugural season at Tennessee with 281 kills, averaging a team-best 2.99 kills per set. She also had 58 blocks, averaging 0.62 per set, third-best on the team. The Efland, N.C., native missed six matches due to a sprained ankle, but came back to average 2.50 kills per set and 0.57 blocks per set in SEC action.
In conjunction with the Black Cultural Programming Committee, BCPC, Diva Opals, and the Kappa Chi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, the African-American Image Awards seeks to acknowledge the accomplishments and achievements of students of color.
Lea was voted on by students, faculty, staff and the public in the category of Outstanding Female Athlete, winning over women's basketball's Isabelle Harrison and Andraya Carter, and track & field's Amirah Johnson.