Oct. 29, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After leading the Lady Vol defense at the net, Tennessee volleyball redshirt senior DeeDee Harrison has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Harrison, an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American last season and Preseason All-SEC honoree in 2012, led the Big Orange with 13 blocks this past weekend. She posted eight in a five-set thriller against Kentucky on Friday – just one off her career-best nine rejections that came against Georgia three weeks ago.
The Nashville native added five blocks, nine kills and hit a scorching .615 in the Lady Vols’ 3-0 sweep over Alabama on Sunday to earn her second career weekly honor. Harrison finished the week with 17 kills, a .333 attacking clip, four digs and 13 blocks, including two solo. She averaged 1.62 rejections per game this week.
Harrison has upped her blocks per set average to 1.15 this season and currently ranks second in the SEC in the category. She currently has Tennessee ranked third in the league in blocks per set with an average of 2.60.
Over the last seven matches, the Lady Vols 6-foot-4 presence in the middle is averaging 1.41 blocks per game and has 41 total rejections.
It’s the fifth SEC weekly award for Tennessee this season, including the third defensive honor. In addition to Harrison, junior libero Ellen Mullins has garnered two defensive player of the week awards. Senior Leslie Cikra and junior Kelsey Robinson have each added an offensive player of the week award earlier in the campaign.
The Orange and White has now won six of its last seven matches and stands at 15-6 overall and 8-4 in league action. UT continues its SEC slate on Friday, Nov. 2 in Starkville, Miss., when it takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. CT. On Sunday, Tennessee will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a Sunday matinee against the first-place Florida Gators. That match will be broadcast live on CSS or CST depending on your area.