UT junior Nikki Fowler and senior Chloe Goldman
Dec. 16, 2009
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee senior libero Chloe Goldman became the 10th All-American in school history on Wednesday as she joined junior outside hitter Nikki Fowler in garnering honorable mention honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award is the second for Fowler who also took home the accolades as a sophomore last year, while it marks the first for Goldman.
After having just two All-Americans in the first 45 years of the program, the Lady Vols have now had at least one selection in five of the past six seasons. Goldman joins an impressive group of former UT players that includes Beverly Robinson (1982), April Chapple (1984), Michelle Piantadosi (2004), Kristen Andre (2004, 2005), Julie Knytych (2004, 2005), Amy Morris (2004, 2005), Yuliya Stoyanova (2005, 2006), Sarah Blum (2006) and Fowler (2008, 2009).
An AVCA All-South Region honoree, the 2009 Southeastern Conference Libero of the Year and an All-SEC First Team member, Goldman shattered the Tennessee record for career digs, finishing with a total of 1,755 to break the previous record by 281 and place her fourth in the conference record book. She also finishes her collegiate career with the top digs per set average in program history with 4.37 scoops per set during her four years at Rocky Top.
The Monterey, Calif., native led the SEC in 2009 with 568 digs and 4.73 digs per set, becoming the first player to record three consecutive seasons with 500+ digs while donning the Orange and White. Goldman also holds the three highest single-season dig totals in school history with her 2009 tally ranking second behind only her 628 scoops in 2007.
A 6-2 outside hitter, Fowler was Tennessee's best all-around player this season, finishing the year with 16 consecutive double-doubles. The Dallas, Texas, product and member of the AVCA All-South region squad was also named to the All-SEC First Team for the second straight year after staking claim to the league's offensive player of the week a record four times, including three consecutive weeks from Nov. 9-23. She has now earned the honors seven times in the past two seasons, tying her for the most in a career with Florida's Aury Cruz.
During the 2009 campaign, Fowler led the Lady Vols with 459 kills, 3.79 kills per set, 1,268 attacks, 542.0 points and 4.48 points per set. She currently ranks 12th on Tennessee's career kills chart with 1,256 and will need 526 in her senior season to break the school record. Her accomplishments aren't limited to the hardwood, however, as she was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team for the second straight season.
A complete list of the 2008 AVCA All-America selections can be found at http://www.avca.org/awards/divisional-/division-one-all-america.