Oct. 8, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a career day in the back row against Missouri, Tennessee volleyball junior Ellen Mullins has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Mullins, who has started every match this season at the libero position for UT (11-5, 4-3), picks up the award for the second time of her career after averaging a team-best 4.80 digs per set this weekend in a pair of five-set victories at home.
On Friday, she scooped a career-best 34 digs in the Lady Vols’ win over Missouri. That mark stands as the seventh-highest total in school history and second-most in the 25-point rally scoring era, and is the fourth highest single match total in the SEC this season.
The Nashville native posted a team-high 14 digs against Georgia on Sunday, guiding the Lady Vols to their 11th consecutive home win over the Bulldogs. Mullins has had 12 or more digs in all seven league matches this season. She also added 11 assists and three aces this week.
For the season, Mullins is averaging 3.94 digs per set and has 256 total scoops. Her digs per set mark currently ranks eighth in the conference.
It’s the third SEC weekly honor for the Orange & White this season. Junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson and senior right side hitter Leslie Cikra were named the league’s offensive player of the week earlier in the year.
The Lady Vols return to action Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on defending Western Division champs LSU. The midweek tilt will be broadcast live on ESPNU.