Mick Imgram earns SEC honors

University of Tennessee women's soccer player Mick Imgram earned the first Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week award of the season on Tuesday.

The sophomore midfielder achieved the honor by helping the Lady Vols to wins over then-No. 7 Penn State and Minnesota en route to their second straight First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic title.

In Friday's 2-1 win over the Nittany Lions, Imgram factored into both goals for the Big Orange, finishing the match with three points. The Clifton, Va., native scored the eventual game winner for Tennessee and notched an assist on Tennessee 's first goal of the night.

In the 58th minute against Penn State, Imgram received a ball in the corner and crossed it on the ground at the top of the box. The pass found freshman midfielder Tanya Emerson, who finished with a shot into the upper right corner of the goal, tying the match at 1-1.

Imgram followed the assist with the third game-winning goal of her career. After a Penn State foul in the 69th minute, Imgram blasted a rocket past the PSU keeper off the free kick from 35 yards out.

Imgram finished the weekend second on the squad with eight shots and earned a spot on the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament team.

The league player of the week selection is the first of Imgram's career. She joins defensive player of the week Lindsay Thorstenson of South Carolina and freshman of the week Caroline Simpson of Georgia as the initial weekly honorees of the season.

POLL JUMP: The soccer team moved into the top 15 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas rankings.

Tennessee was unranked in the Soccer America preseason poll, but now checks in at No. 14. The Orange and White also move up nine spots in the NSCAA/adidas poll to No. 13 after spending the preseason at No. 24 in the rankings. The Lady Vols also jumped from No. 24 to No. 16 in the Soccer Buzz poll.

UT is third in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz Central Region rankings.

Both No. 1 North Carolina and No. 3 UCLA were upset over the weekend, resulting in a shakeup in the top 10. After the Tar Heels' 1-0 loss to unranked South Carolina, they dropped to No. 6 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas rankings. Meanwhile, the Bruins' loss to then-No. 9 Texas dropped them to No. 7 in NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America and No. 6 in Soccer Buzz.

Portland's 2-0 record last week, including a win over then-No. 6 Florida State, resulted in the Pilots earning the No. 1 ranking in all three polls.

Tennessee hits the road this weekend for its first action away from Regal Soccer Stadium this season. The Lady Vols travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hawthorn Suites Invitational, Sept. 7-9, taking on No. 24 Wake Forest and host Virginia Tech.

LADY VOL OF THE WEEK: For the second consecutive week, a member of the volleyball team has been named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week, as sophomore middle blocker Leah Hinkey earned the honor following her MVP performance at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic this past weekend.

The Glenwood Springs, Colo., native led the Big Orange to its fourth straight Comcast Lady Vol Classic title with sweeps over all three of its opponents in the tournament. Hinkey hit at an amazing .509 clip for the weekend with 32 kills and just five errors in 53 swings. She also led the team in points (44.0), finished second in both kills (32) and aces (7) and was third on the squad in total attacks (53) and blocks (9).

In the team's first match of the weekend, Hinkey set a new career high in service aces with five against Appalachian State. Her previous best was two, which she accomplished against both Auburn and Florida last season. She also set a personal best in hitting percentage with an amazing .619 mark (14-1-21) in UT's victory over Belmont, besting her previous high of .526 (10-0-19) set at Ole Miss on Sept. 22, 2006.

For the season, Hinkey leads UT with a .405 hitting percentage and is second with 45 kills, 22 blocks and seven aces.

The Orange and White will be back in action this Friday when it travels to Champaign, Ill., for the State Farm Illini Classic.

UT will open the competition at 4:30 p.m. CT against Creighton. Depending on the outcome of that match, the Lady Vols take on either Marquette or Illinois at either Noon or 3 p.m. CT the following day.

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