Sept. 26, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Coming off a memorable weekend, highlighted by downing the No. 6 Florida Gators in Gainesville on national TV, two members of the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team picked up Southeastern Conference honors, while the squad climbed its way back into the AVCA Coaching Poll rankings.
Sahagian was terrific in both matches this weekend against South Carolina and Florida, tallying 31 kills, 26 digs, three blocks and two services aces. She recorded double-doubles in both of those matches, as the Bartlett, Ill., native blasted a career-high 19 kills along with 13 digs at UF, while registering 12 kills and 13 digs versus USC. On the season, Sahagian now has five double-doubles and ranks seventh in the league in hitting percentage, with a clip of .343.
Harrison, a Nashville native, was a standout all-around performer on the weekend road trip. In the two matches, Harrison blocked a total of 12 shots, with an average of 1.33 blocks per set. She also set career-highs in blocks assists and total blocks against South Carolina with seven and eight, respectively. Offensively, she notched double-digits in kills in both matches.
Monday's conference announcement marks the first time since Oct. 20, 2008 that a pair of Lady Vols have picked up multiple SEC awards. In 2008, former standout Nikki Fowler was the conference's Offensive Player of the Week, along with current Lady Vol Kelsey Mahoneybeing named the Freshman of the Week.
The good news continued for UT, as the Orange and White are now ranked No. 23 in the AVCA coaching poll after receiving 214 points. The squad returns to the top 25 after a four week hiatus. Despite going 3-0 to start the season, the Big Orange dropped out of the poll after week one, as it was ranked 24th in the preseason.
Harrison, Sahagian and the rest of the Lady Vols will continue their SEC road trip next weekend when the squad faces LSU on Friday in Baton Rouge, then heads to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Razorbacks Sunday afternoon on Fox.