Mullins Named Defensive Player of the Week

Oct. 14, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior libero Ellen Mullins picked up her sixth career SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor after averaging 6.71 digs per set over the weekend.

Mullins, who leads the nation in digs per set (6.09), scooped up 47 digs over the weekend. She logged 32 digs in UT's four-set loss against Arkansas, marking her fifth game this year recording 30 or more digs (Morehead State, 31; UNC Asheville, 31; Jacksonville State, 37; Coastal Carolina, 31). She also tallied 15 digs against then-No. 25 Missouri.

The Nashville native recorded no reception errors on the week in 21 attempts. This is the second weekly nod for Mullins this season after earning the award on Sept. 3.

Mullins currently sits second on UT's all-time career digging chart with 1,582 career digs. She is 174 digs behind Chloe Goldman (1,755). Her 420 digs this season also rank her fifth on UT's single-season digs chart during the 25-point rally era. She currently holds the second (541) and fourth spots (471) on the list as well, which she set in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Goldman owns the record with 568 digs which she tallied in 2009.

The Lady Vols hit the road this weekend as they face Ole Miss on Friday in an 8 p.m. ET contest in Oxford, Miss., and cap off the weekend in Starkville in a 2:30 p.m. ET matchup at Mississippi State.

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