Tennessee outside hitter Tessa Grubbs was named the SEC All-Freshman Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Grubbs, from Tega Cay, South Carolina, has paced the Vols offensively all season, averaging a team-leading 3.70 kills per set while hitting .284. She has kept up her play during the SEC season, averaging 3.67 kills per set and hitting .284. She also has 13 aces this season, nine in conference play.
She has led or tied for the team lead in kills 19 times in 29 matches this season. She had a career-best 23 kills in a five-set match against Cleveland State and her SEC high of 19 came in Sunday's 3-1 win over LSU.
With two matches remaining in the regular season, Grubbs has 303 kills, 10th most by a Vol in the 25-point rally scoring era (since 2009). Her kills per game average of 3.70 currently ranks fourth-highest since 2009; only All-Americans Nikki Fowler and Kelsey Robinson have averaged more than 3.50 in a season.
Sophomore middle hitter Erica Treiber was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last year.
The Vols (16-13, 6-10 SEC) face No. 23 Kentucky tonight in the home finale at Thompson-Boling Arena. The match starts at 9 p.m. and will air nationally on ESPNU.