Dec. 9, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Just days before her graduation, University of Tennessee senior Milan Clarke has earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Community Service team based on her work in the Knoxville community, the league office announced Tuesday.
The Santa Monica, Calif., native has helped read to preschool kids during a national event named Read for the Record which promoted the importance of reading. She has also twice visited patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and participated in the annual Holiday Dinner hosted by UT athletes for guests from a homeless shelter.
In addition, Clarke has taken part in the Saving Little Hearts putt-putt fundraiser to help raise money for children with heart diseases, bought and wrapped toys for needy families for the Teams and Toys Christmas Project, put on a volleyball clinic for the Smokey Mountain Children's Home, hosted over 500 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs for a day of fun and education at the April Play Day and refereed volleyball matches for the Special Olympics of East Tennessee.
A three-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Clarke will graduate on Sat., Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena with a degree in creative writing.
On the court, Clarke saved her best season for last, recording a total of 316 kills and averaging 2.70 kills per set during her senior campaign. She finishes her four-year career at Rocky Top with 710 kills, 2.15 kills per set, 2036 total attacks, 216 digs and 158 blocks.
In 2008, Clarke helped the Lady Vols record the third-largest turnaround in NCAA Division I, as they doubled their win total from 2007 with a 22-10 overall record. UT reached the NCAA Tournament for the third time in her career before bowing out in the opening round. During her time at Tennessee, she helped the Big Orange tally a 77-49 (.611) record, including a pair of 20-win seasons.