Nov. 29, 2011
By Todd Mounce, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For a Southeastern Conference record fourth time this season, multiple members of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team picked up SEC honors, as sophomore Kelsey Robinson was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Mary Pollmiller picked up the SEC Freshman of the Week award.
Coming off a 3-1 win over Kentucky to clinch the SEC Championship outright last Wednesday, Robinson and Pollmiller were both terrific, as the duo each recorded double-doubles against the Wildcats.
For Robinson, it was her SEC-best 21st double-double on the year, as she tallied 26 kills and 13 digs. In the triumph, she averaged 6.50 points per set, 6.50 kills per set and 3.25 digs a set.
A product of Bartlett, Ill., Robinson earned Offensive Player of the Week on four occasions this year, which was a conference best. She also led the conference in points per set, kills per set and ranked second in aces per set.
Pollmiller tallied 64 assists and 11 digs, registering double-double number this year versus UK. The Littleton, Colo., native has 13th matches with 50 or more assists, as the Lady Vols recorded a season-high 72 assists against Kentucky.
Monday's honor was the fifth of the year for the freshman setter, only one behind the SEC record of six, set by Jasmine Norton of Arkansas in 2009. This season Pollmiller led the conference in assists and paced the UT offense, which ranked second in the SEC in hitting percentage.
Tennessee has now had six different players accumulate 14 league honors, 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 four times this season, bettering the previous record set by UT last week and Florida in 2008. No other conference school has had multiple players receive SEC weekly awards in the same week this season.
Tennessee will host Duke on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena. With a win, the Big Orange will face the winner of Ohio State vs. Middle Tennessee State match on Friday evening for a trip to Gainesville, Fla., on the line.