Sept. 22, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in as many weeks, University of Tennessee junior libero Chloe Goldman has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The Monterey, Calif., native led the Lady Vols to a pair of victories during their opening weekend of league play for the first time since 2004 with a total of 43 digs over two contests.
"Chloe has done a terrific job of anchoring our defense this season," UT Head Coach Rob Patrick said. "We try to channel as many of our opponent's attacks in her direction as we can because of the fact that she is such a great defender. We have known for a long time how good she is, and I am thrilled that she is getting the recognition around the league that she deserves."
The award is Goldman's second of the season and third of her career as she also picked up the honors on Nov. 5, 2007, after tallying 40 digs in a contest against Ole Miss. The 5-6 junior started the weekend with a match-high 18 digs in a three-set sweep over Mississippi State on Friday before topping all players with 25 digs in a four-game victory over Alabama on Sunday.
With her average of 6.14 digs per set this weekend, Goldman moved her career average to 4.07. That number vaulted her into the top position in career digs per set in the UT record book, surpassing former Lady Vol Amy Morris' career average of 4.01 digs per frame.
Goldman was also relied on heavily in the passing game, as she had just two reception errors in 56 combined attempts against the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide. The next closest player on the UT roster had just 28 reception attempts over the course of the weekend.
Four weeks into the 2008 campaign, Goldman paces the Big Orange with 170 total digs, good for an average of 4.47 per set, which ranks second in the SEC. She is also fourth on the team with six aces and has just five reception errors in a team-high 182 attempts.
Tennessee will make its first SEC road trip of the season this week, as it is scheduled to put its undefeated league record on the line against LSU (5-4, 0-2 SEC) at 8 p.m. ET on Fri., Sept, 26, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. From there, the Lady Vols will travel to Athens, Ga., where they will take on Georgia (7-6, 0-2 SEC) at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sun., Sept. 28, in the Ramsey Student Center.