Sept. 12, 2011
Setter Mary Pollmiller was named SEC Freshman of the Week after leading the Lady Vols' offense to its strongest performance of the season, the league office announced Monday.
Pollmiller played every point of the Lady Vols' three victories at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., and was listed on the all-tournament team.
She guided Tennessee to its two highest attack percentages of the season. The Lady Vols hit .412 (46-6-97) in a three-set victory over American and .392 (64-15-125) in a four-set match against host Virginia Tech to finish the tournament.
"A lot of credit for hitting percentage and kills goes to Mary Pollmiller," head coach Rob Patrick said of Pollmiller during the tournament. "She really plays beyond her years. She's able to understand who our hot hitters are. She runs the offense in a clean and consistent manner."
Pollmiller collected 110 assists over the weekend, including 53 against Virginia Tech. She has picked up at least 50 assists in five matches this season.
In a lineup that frequently starts three freshmen, Pollmiller is the first to be named SEC Freshman of the Week in 2011. Last year, Kelsey Robinson earned the weekly honor twice.
Tennessee (7-2) opens SEC play at Thompson-Boling Arena this weekend against Georgia at 7 p.m. on Friday and Auburn at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.