Oct. 31, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With wins over No. 13 Florida and South Carolina this past weekend, Lady Vol freshmen Tiffany Baker and Mary Pollmiller were honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday for their performances.
Baker was tabbed the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while Pollmiller has been tabbed the conference's Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
On the weekend, Baker notched double-doubles in both matches, while increasing her season-average in nearly every category. Against Florida, the Carrolton, Texas, native tallied a team-best 13 kills, dug up 11 balls and had a hitting percentage of .345. Two days later versus the Gamecocks, she hit a career-best .519, set a match-high in kills with 15 and added 12 digs.
Pollmiller paced the Tennessee offense at the setter position, as she accounted for 38 assists, nine digs and three blocks in the win over Florida. In the USC match, she dished out 41 assists to help the Lady Vols hit a season-high .446 attack percentage. The Littleton, Colo., native also ranks first in the SEC with nearly 12 assists per set (11.98) in league matches this season.
The tandem also had a hand in limiting the Gator offense to a .160 hitting clip on Friday. Entering the match, the Gators ranked first in the nation in hitting percentage as UT swept the season series versus UF for the first time since 1988.
With the duo grabbing conference accolades, it marks the second time this year that two Lady Vols have been honored by the league in the same week. On Sept. 26, again following wins over UF and USC, sophomore Carly Sahagian picked up the Offensive Player of the Week and junior DeeDee Harrison was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week.
In the polls, the team climbed four spots in the most recent AVCA Coaches poll that was also released on Monday. The Orange and White now find themselves ranked 16th after receiving 578 points. It is the highest ranking for the team this season, and are also the highest rated SEC team in the poll, as Florida is ranked 17th and Kentucky is 19th.
UT takes a quick break from conference play, traveling to Louisville, Ky., to face the Cardinals on Wednesday, before returning home to host Mississippi State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.