Dec. 23, 2009
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing with an impressive 24-8 record, the University of Tennessee volleyball team claimed a national ranking of No. 24 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of 2009 campaign, released Tuesday afternoon.
The 24 victories mark the program's third-most wins in the last 24 years and included a school record 16 triumphs in Southeastern Conference play as the Lady Volunteers finished third in the Eastern Division.
The individual postseason accolades were plentiful this season, especially for senior Chloe Goldman and junior Nikki Fowler. The 2009 SEC Libero of the Year, Goldman joined Fowler as a first-team all-conference selection, as well as a member of the AVCA All-South Region and Honorable Mention All-America teams.
Three other Lady Vols were also honored for their accomplishments this season, as sophomore Kayla Jeter and senior Farren Powe nabbed All-SEC Second Team laurels, Leslie Cikra was named to the league's all-freshman team and junior Leah Hinkey was tabbed to the SEC Community Service Team.
The ranking marks the fifth time that Tennessee has finished a season among the top 25 teams in the nation. The Big Orange last accomplished the feat in 2005 when it finished sixth after a run to the NCAA Final Four. It also finished 10th in 2004 and 14th in both 1982 and 1983.