UT junior Nikki Fowler
Sept. 1, 2009
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following an MVP performance at the seventh annual Comcast Lady Vol Classic this past weekend, University of Tennessee junior outside hitter Nikki Fowler has earned the initial Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award of the 2009-10 campaign. She led UT to the tournament title with three wins in two days.
The Dallas, Texas, native finished among the top three of all tournament performers in kills, digs, aces and blocks. She paced the Big Orange in kills in all three matches, finishing with 41 for the weekend after totaling 11 putaways against Tennessee Tech, 15 versus Western Kentucky and smashing out 15 more kills in the championship match against Lipscomb.
In the opening contest against the Golden Eagles on Saturday morning, Fowler tallied a stellar .455 hitting percentage with just a single error on 22 swings. Later that evening, she showed off the defensive portion of her game against the Hilltoppers, collecting a career-high 25 digs to notch her first double-double of the season and 19th of her career.
On Sunday, Fowler continued to lead the Tennessee offensive attack, with 15 putaways and 36 attacks. She narrowly missed out on her second double-double in as many days with nine digs, in addition to posting six blocks.
Fowler was also UT's top passer for the weekend, passing at a .975 clip with only two reception errors in a team-high 80 attempts. In all, she had over 40 percent of the team's reception attempts and 21 more than any other player on the team.
The Lady Vols will be back in action on Friday, Sept., 4, when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to compete at the 2009 Xavier Invitational. UT will open with a 4 p.m. showdown against No. 7 Michigan, which is coming off victories over a pair of ranked teams at the AVCA Showcase in Omaha, Neb. The Wolverines started their season with an impressive sweep of third-ranked Nebraska before taking out No. 22 Kansas State in four sets. Tennessee will also square off with Notre Dame, which swept No. 5 Stanford this past weekend, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and host Xavier at 3 p.m. on Sunday.