Tanya Emerson earns SEC honors

Tennessee women's soccer player Tanya Emerson earned the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Award on Monday. Emerson earned her first weekly honor of the season following a breakout weekend on the road.

A true freshman, Emerson posted two goals during the third weekend of SEC play, bringing her season total to three. Emerson scored her first career game-winner and golden goal in a 1-0 overtime win at Kentucky.

The game-winner came after the Orange and White gained possession in Kentucky's end of the field and junior forward Kylee Rossi crossed the ball into the box. Redshirt freshman Devon Swaim settled the ball and took a shot that was saved by Wildcat keeper Sydney Hiance. The rebound found Emerson who tucked it into the right side of the net.

The Capistrano Beach, Calif., native continued her success on Sunday, scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win over Vanderbilt to seal the victory for the Lady Vols. Emerson received the ball at the top of the box before turning to face the goal and putting a shot past the Vandy keeper.

Emerson also helped set up the first goal of the match, playing a ball into the box for sophomore midfielder Mick Imgram, whose rebound was put away by senior forward Emily Redberg.

With the two goals, Emerson increased her season points total to six, putting her fourth on the team in points and tied for third in goals with three. The midfielder is also third in points during conference play with four.

The soccer team improved to No. 11 in the latest Soccer Buzz poll and No. 19 in the new Soccer America ranking, released on Monday. The Lady Vols moved up four spots in Soccer Buzz and one spot in the Soccer America listings.

The Orange and White saw the improvement after closing out a four-match road trip with a weekend sweep of Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The Lady Vols finished the road swing with a 2-1-1 record after falling to LSU and tying Arkansas to open the trip.

Junior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson has allowed just one goal in the last 216 minutes of play and is now tied for third all-time at Tennessee with 15 career victories. Rossi and Redberg are each just one goal away from gaining sole possession of seventh in the career record books.

Stanford claimed the top spot in the Soccer Buzz poll for the third consecutive week, while UCLA is No. 1 in the Soccer America ranking after topping Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. Georgia is the only other SEC school featured in the poll, checking in at No. 17 in Soccer Buzz and No. 20 in Soccer America.

The Lady Vols return home to host Ole Miss and Mississippi State this week. The Rebels visit Regal Soccer Stadium on Friday for a 7 p.m. Eastern start, while the Bulldogs come into town for a match that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net this Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

LADY VOL VOLLEYBALL: After leading the Tennessee volleyball team to a thrilling, five-game win over No. 18 LSU on Friday night, freshman Nikki Fowler and sophomore Chloe Goldman have each been recognized for their strong play. Fowler was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and Goldman was selected as the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week.

A 6'2 right-side hitter, Fowler hit at an impressive .294 clip in UT's victory over the Tigers, knocking out a team-best 20 kills on a career-high 51 attacks with just five errors. She also added 12 digs for her fifth double-double of her career, in addition to notching six blocks and three assists to help the Lady Vols snap a five-match skid and earn their second victory over a ranked opponent this season

For the weekend, Fowler led the team in a number of statistical categories, including kills (34), attacks (95), kills per game (3.40), points (40.5) and points per game (4.05). During her rookie campaign, she has played a critical role in a number of areas for the Lady Vols, as she leads the Big Orange with 194 kills, 565 total attacks, 2.94 kills per game, 248 points and 3.76 points per game. She also stands second on the squad with 52 assists, 22 aces and 59 blocks, third on the team with 0.89 blocks per game and fourth with 152 digs and 2.30 digs per game.

Goldman also offered up an incredible performance against LSU, amassing 37 digs in the triumph. That mark ranks as the second-highest single-match total in Tennessee volleyball history, behind only the 42 that Amy Morris accumulated at Notre Dame on Nov. 26, 2005.

The performance broke her previous personal-best of 28, which she set earlier this year at Georgia on Sept. 23, and stands as the highest single-match total by any player in the SEC this season, besting Ole Miss libero Tara Langley's total of 36 against Georgia on Sept. 28.

The Monterey, Calif., native followed that impressive defensive display with another just two days later, leading the Lady Vols again with 23 digs against Ole Miss. Goldman finished the weekend with an amazing 6.00 digs per game average and 60 total digs in just two matches. This year, she has led the Big Orange in digs in 16 straight matches, missing out in only the team's initial contest of the season against No. 1 Nebraska.

She currently sits in third on the SEC digs per game chart with a team-best average of 5.14 and has recorded 339 total digs.

Tennessee will next embark on a three-match road swing. Stepping out of conference play for the first time in over a month, the Big Orange will take on Louisville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The Orange and White will then return to its league slate to face Mississippi State and Alabama this weekend.

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