Blocker Sarah Blum earns honors

Senior middle blocker Sarah Blum has been named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week following a unanimous vote by the Lady Vol media relations staff. The Tulsa, Okla., native was a dominating force for the Tennessee volleyball squad on both offense and defense last weekend, leading the team to victories over Mississippi State and Ole Miss with a team-high .492 hitting percentage and 19 blocks.

On Friday night, Blum reached a number of career milestones, becoming UT's 16th member of the 1,000 career kills club. By accomplishing that feat, she joined Robin Maine as the only other Lady Vol to record over 600 blocks and 1,000 kills during her career. Maine tallied 1,230 kills and 664 blocks during her career that spanned from 1980-1983.

For the match, Blum tallied her fourth double-double of the season, knocking out 14 kills and recording a season-high 13 blocks in the four-game victory over Mississippi State, 25-30, 30-19, 30-27, 30-24. She also led the squad with a .433 hitting percentage (14-1-30) on the night.

Two days later, Blum celebrated her 22nd birthday by totaling team highs in kills (19) and a hitting percentage (.548), in addition to tying freshman Leah Hinkey with a squad-high six blocks, as the Orange and White defeated the Rebels in four games, 30-24, 30-27, 27-30, 30-22.

The Lady Vols close out a season-long, four-match home stand with a pair of contests next week. First on the slate is Kentucky (14-8, 7-7 SEC), who heads to Knoxville for a 7 p.m. showdown on Wednesday night.

Tennessee will play again on Friday when Alabama (14-9, 9-5) travels to Stokely Athletics Center for a 7 p.m. match-up. UT will be looking to exact revenge as it fell to both teams on the road earlier this season.

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