Dec. 19, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After solidifying her name in the Tennessee volleyball records, Ellen Mullins caps off her Lady Vol career with Honorable Mention All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
It is the second straight season that Mullins has been recognized with All-America honors after being named to the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Team in 2012.
Mullins, a native of Nashville, set six program records during the 2013 season, including becoming the Big Orange leader in career digs as she scooped up 1,801 digs through her four years at Tennessee, shattering Chloe Goldman's previous record of 1,755 career digs. She racked up 640 digs in 32 matches, setting the UT record for most digs in a single season. Mullins averaged 5.61 scoops per set, earning her the top spot in program history with that mark.
During the 25-point rally scoring era, Mullins also set the top marks for most digs in five sets, four sets and three sets this season. She racked up 37 digs in five sets against Jacksonville State on Sept. 21. She scooped up 32 balls in a four-set match against Arkansas on Oct. 13, and had 28 digs in three sets against Chattanooga on Sept. 5. For her career, she averaged 4.19 digs per set, a mark that is second in school history.
In SEC action, Mullins averaged 5.05 digs per set, which was second-best among league players. The 5-foot-6 captain also skyrocketed up the league's record book as her career digs tally inks her fifth in the SEC all-time record book, and her 640 digs this season notch her third on the league's all-time single-season digs chart.
Mullins was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions during the 2013 season and seven through her career.
Mullins became Tennessee's 17th All-American last season when she garnered AVCA Honorable Mention accolades. Of UT's 17 All-Americans, Rob Patrick has coached 15. Tennessee has earned a total of 29 All-America nods with 25 coming under Patrick's watch.