UT senior Chloe Goldman
Oct. 19, 2009
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time this season and sixth time in her career, University of Tennessee senior Chloe Goldman has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. With 47 scoops this past weekend, she became the Lady Vols' all-time leader in digs as she increased her career total to 1,520.
Already the school leader with a career average of 4.34 digs per set, Goldman surpassed Kristy Dobson's lifetime total of 1,474 which she set 18 years ago in 1991. The 5-6 libero from Monterey, Calif., previously won the conference's defensive player of the week laurels on Oct. 5 after picking up the accolades three times last year and once in 2007. She is the first player to earn the award twice this season.
Goldman helped the Big Orange record a pair of important road victories over Alabama and Mississippi State this past weekend. She opened with an incredible 30-dig performance against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on Friday, which ranks as the third-best four-set dig total in program history and the second-most digs by an SEC player in a single match this season.
Just two days later, Goldman added 17 more scoops as the Orange and White won its fourth consecutive conference match, sweeping the Bulldogs in Starkville. Her 47 digs in just seven sets over the course of the two matches were good for an astounding 6.71 digs per set average. She was also one of the team's top passers, finishing with two reception errors in 57 attempts.
For the year, Goldman currently tops all players in the SEC with 5.39 digs per set in league contests and an overall average of 4.90 scoops per frame. She also leads Tennessee with a total of 333 digs during her senior campaign.
The Lady Vols will return to action Wednesday, Oct. 21, when they make the short trek up I-75 for a 7 p.m. showdown against No. 7 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The match will be televised live on ESPNU as part of its "Campus Connection" initiative. Following that contest, UT will return to Knoxville where it will host No. 20 LSU at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 in Thompson-Boling Arena.