Nov. 21, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The awards keep rolling in for the No. 15 University of Tennessee volleyball team, as the Southeastern Conference announced Monday that sophomore Kelsey Robinson was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while Tiffany Baker earned Freshman of the Week accolades.
Against LSU, Robinson registered her conference-leading 20th double-double of the season, registering a team-best 16 kills and 13 digs, while hitting .448 (16-3-29). In the weekend opener versus Arkansas, she blasted 17 kills and totaled five digs with a .375 attack-percentage. In all, she tallied 33 kills, 18 digs, two services aces and two assists against the top two teams in the Western Division, while averaging 6.00 points per set and 5.50 kills per set.
Robinson, a native of Bartlett, Ill., has now won the Offensive POW honor three times this season. Earlier in the year, she picked up the award on Sept. 8 and Oct. 10.
Baker put forth an all-around effort this weekend, as she averaged 3.75 points, 3.00 kills, 1.83 digs and 1.50 blocks per set in the two home matches. The Carrolton, Texas, native notched a career-best .524 hitting-percentage (11-0-21) in the sweep over LSU. Baker's weekend totals were 18 kills, 11 digs and nine blocks, hitting .405 in a pair of victories.
Monday marked the first time Baker has been tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week, but she earned Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31.
Tennessee has now had six different players accumulate 12 league honors, which is the most in the conference and five more than any other school. LSU is second with seven, followed by Kentucky with six.
The Orange and White have picked up multiple weekly honors on three occasions this season as Carly Sahagian (Offensive POW) and DeeDee Harrison (Defensive POW) earned conference honors on Sept. 26 and freshman Mary Pollmiller (Freshman of the Week) also grabbed an award with Baker on Oct.31. No other conference school has had multiple players receive SEC weekly awards in the same week this year. The Lady Vols also tied an SEC record, as the only other school to have multiple award recipients on three occasions was Florida in 2008.
Robinson, Baker and the rest of the team wrap up the regular season slate on Wed., Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. ET by hosting Kentucky at the Thompson-Boling Arena. A victory over UK would give the Lady Vols the SEC title outright.