UT senior Nikki Fowler
Nov. 4, 2010
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the third straight season, University of Tennessee senior right side hitter Nikki Fowler has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.
The Dallas, Texas, native will move on to the national ballot where she attempt to become the program's second academic All-American in five years. A marketing major with a collateral in international business, Fowler currently holds a sparkling cumulative GPA of 3.80 and is the first Lady Vol volleyball player to ever earn academic all-district honors three times in her career.
The award gives the Lady Vols six players in as many seasons that have earned academic all-district honors. Fowler first accomplished the feat in 2008, just a year after Jena Berg earned second-team laurels. In 2006, Kelsey Fautsch claimed a spot on the first team en route to third-team All-America honors, while Kristen Andre was named to the second team in 2005.
Since arriving at Rocky Top four seasons ago, Fowler has launched an all-out assault on the Tennessee record book, taking over the top spot in total attacks (4,210) as well as moving into second place in attacks per set (9.66), fourth place in both total kills (1,567) and kills per set (3.59) and seventh place in both digs (1,208) and digs per set (2.77). The two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American is also just nine blocks (327) away from breaking into the top-10 in that category as well.
In 2010, Fowler leads the Lady Vols with 311 kills, 3.70 kills per set, 722 total attacks, 348.5 points and 4.15 points per set and is hitting at a career-best .327 clip. Through the first 24 matches this season, the two-time All-SEC First Team member has paced the Big Orange in kills 16 times, digs eight times and blocks twice. She is also one of the best defensive players on the squad, ranking second with 251 digs and 2.99 digs per set. The 6-2 senior has a team-high 12 double-doubles as well, increasing her career total to 50.
Fowler and the Tennessee volleyball team will take their four-match winning streak on the road this weekend to face Alabama and Mississippi State. The Lady Vols will square off against the Crimson Tide at 7 p.m. CT in Tuscaloosa on Friday, Nov. 5, before making the trek to Starkville for a 1:30 p.m. CT contest against the Bulldogs two days later.
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