Fowler Earns SEC Freshman of the Week Honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ??? After leading the University of Tennessee volleyball team to victory over South Carolina with a career-high 28 kills on Sunday, Lady Vol rookie Nikki Fowler has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The award is Fowler???s second of the season, as she also earned the honor for the week of Oct. 15.

The native of Dallas, Texas, also posted a personal-best .377 hitting percentage with just two errors in a career-high 69 swings in the contest, while collecting her ninth double-double of the season as well with 13 digs. Just two days earlier, Fowler paced the Big Orange offense with 10 putaways against No. 8 Florida.

She finished the weekend as the team???s top performer in kills (38), kills per game (4.75), attacks (107), hitting percentage (.299), points (39.5) and points per game (4.94). Fowler also had a perfect passing weekend with no errors in 37 reception attempts and finished third on the squad with 21 digs and 2.62 digs per game over two matches.

For the season, Fowler has played a critical role in a number of areas for the Lady Vols, as she leads the Big Orange with 315 kills, 935 total attacks, 3.12 kills per game, 389.5 points and 3.86 points per game. She also stands second on the squad with 26 aces and 89 blocks, third on the team with 85 assists and 0.88 blocks per game and fourth with 247 digs and 2.45 digs per game.

Tennessee will not have to wait long before getting back on the court, as it will host border-rival Kentucky in a mid-week contest at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Seniors Yuliya Stoyanova and Joselyn Johnson will be honored prior to the match for their contributions to the Lady Vols over the last four years. The Orange and White will then travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to close out the SEC portion of its schedule against Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.





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