UT senior Chloe Goldman
Oct. 5, 2009
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second consecutive week, the University of Tennessee volleyball team has had a player recognized by the league office as senior Chloe Goldman was tabbed the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon. The award is the fifth of the 5-6 libero's career after she earned the accolades three times last year and once in 2007.
Just a week after junior Nikki Fowler earned the conference's offensive player of the week honors, Goldman helped the Lady Volunteers post an impressive 2-1 record in a trio of grueling road matches last week with her terrific play defensively. The Monterey, Calif., native collected a total of 60 digs in the three contests, as the Big Orange staged come-from-behind wins at both Louisville and South Carolina before suffering a 3-0 setback at No. 5 Florida.
Against the Cardinals last Wednesday, Goldman played a pivotal role in UT's return from two sets down to victory, tallying a match-high 26 digs, in addition to flawlessly handling all 46 serves sent her way. Just two days later in Columbia, she recorded 26 digs once again, this time in just four sets, as the Big Orange shrugged off a first-set loss to win the next three. Once again, she was nearly perfect in serve reception, mishandling just one of 36 serves from the Gamecocks. In Tennessee's final match of its grueling road trip, Goldman led the squad with eight scoops, had a season-high four assists and notched her third ace of the year.
For the weekend, she finished with a remarkable average of 5.00 digs per set, while passing at a .962 clip with just four reception errors in 104 attempts. Goldman is now only 39 digs away from becoming UT's all-time leader in that category as well with a career total of 1,436.
The Lady Vols will be at home this weekend, as they will host Georgia (11-5, 2-3 SEC) and Auburn (11-5, 3-2 SEC). UT will take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, in a match slated to be televised live on SportSouth, before squaring off with the Tigers at 1:30 p.m. two days later.