2007 Lady Vol HOF inductees

The seventh group of inductees for inclusion in the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame was announced Friday by University of Tennessee Women's Athletics Director Joan Cronan. The six inductees in the Class of 2007 represent former student-athletes from four Lady Vol teams and one 40-year educator and administrator responsible for hiring Pat Summitt.

The athlete honorees include Tennessee's first softball inductee, Bridget Jackson Chaira; Nicole deMan Dewes (Swimming); Dianne Shoemaker DeNecochea (Volleyball); and basketball players Shelia Collins and Carla McGhee.

The administrator in the 2007 induction class is the late Dr. Helen B. Watson.

Athletes are eligible for inclusion 10 years after they have graduated from the university, while administrators may be admitted to the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame five years following their last service to UT. Each of these outstanding individuals exemplifies the true spirit of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

Enshrinement activities are scheduled for Friday evening, Nov. 2, at the Crowne Plaza, where a private induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

A full day follows on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Hall of Famers will meet with the current athletes and staff of their respective former Lady Vol teams. Later that day, the celebration moves to Neyland Stadium, where the honorees will be saluted during the Tennessee versus Louisiana-Lafayette homecoming football game.

Jackson Chaira, one of the initial softball scholarship recipients at Tennessee, took a chance signing on with the upstart program and played from 1995-97. An academic standout as well, she earned a spot of the first All-Southeastern Conference softball team and was the team MVP in 1996. Today, she is a logistics coordinator in Phoenix, Arizona.

deMan Dewes was a 20-time swimming All-American and a four-time Academic All-American as a Lady Vol from 1992-96. She holds the distinction as the first Tennessee Lady Vol to claim an individual NCAA title when she captured to 50y freestyle in 1996. She is still active coaching swimming in Martinez, California.

Shoemaker DeNecochea starred for the Lady Vol volleyball team from 1985-88 where she was an offensive force and shattered the UT record books on a number of occasions. Also an academic standout, she received two Chancellor's Citations for Academic Excellence. A professional volleyball player since 1989, DeNecochea competes on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and makes her home in San Diego, California.

Collins, an All-American basketball player from 1981-85 made two Final Four appearances as a Lady Vol and was the MVP of 1986 SEC Tournament. She resides in her hometown of Colbert, Georgia, where she is a real estate and personal property appraiser.

McGhee was a member of Tennessee's first two NCAA title basketball teams in 1987 and 1989 and earned a gold medal on the USA Olympic Team in 1996. After playing professionally, she is now director of player personnel for the WNBA and makes her home in New York City.

The late Dr. Watson, former dean and chair of the Department of Physical Education, was a member of the UT faculty for almost 40 years and was the first to request oversight and funding for women's intercollegiate athletics. She hired Pat Summitt, then Pat Head, in 1974.

The new group of inductees joins six prior classes of Lady Vol Hall of Famers:

2006 - Tracy Bonner (diving); Karla Driesler McQuain (swimming); Tonya Edwards (basketball); Mary Ostrowski (basketball); Alisa Harvey (track & field/cross country) and Bonnie Kenny (volleyball).

2005 - Missy Alston Kane Bemiller (track & field/cross country); Angie Boyd Keck (golf); Tanya Haave (basketball); and Lea Henry Manning (basketball).

2004 - former UT President Dr. Joseph E. (Joe) Johnson; athletes Jasmin Jones Keller (track & field/cross country); Robin Maine Bugg (volleyball); Nikki McCray Pinson (basketball); Jenny McGrath Weaver (swimming); and the late Ilrey Oliver Sparks (track & field).

2003 - former UT Vice-Chancellor, the late Dr. Howard Aldmon; athletes Cindy Brogdon (basketball); April Chapple (volleyball); Elizabeth Brown Jarvis (swimming); Cathy Rattray (track & field); and Patricia Roberts (basketball).

2002 - former Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach Terry Crawford; athletes Catherine Byrne Maloney (swimming); LaVonna Martin Floreal (track & field), Cindy Noble Hauserman (basketball), Holly Warlick (basketball) and Patty Wiegand Pitcher (track & field/cross country).

The inaugural class selected for the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame was inducted on Oct. 26, 2001. The 10 original members were former UT President Edward J. Boling, first-ever Lady Vol Athletics Director Gloria Ray and athletes Daedra Charles (basketball); Joetta Clark (track & field); Benita Fitzgerald (track & field); Bridgette Gordon (basketball); Tracy Ignatosky (swimming); Peta and Paula Kelly (tennis); and Beverly Robinson (volleyball).

LADY VOL VOLLEYBALL: Paced by a balanced offensive attack and a stellar defensive effort by sophomore Chloe Goldman, the Tennessee volleyball team (9-12, 4-9) picked up its first win in two weeks and its first sweep since Sept. 1, defeating Georgia (14-9, 5-8 SEC), 30-24, 30-25, 30-27, Friday evening at Stokely Athletics Center.

Goldman registered the school record for a three-game match with 31 digs in the victory.

"I am extremely proud of our team's play tonight," UT head coach Rob Patrick said. "They have been playing and practicing very hard lately and really deserved to get this win. Our team could have easily fallen into a losing mode, but they were strong mentally and put some tough matches behind them. Our players deserve all the credit for coming in and doing all of the extra work needed to get this victory.

"If you look at our season up to this point, Chloe is probably is our MVP," Patrick said. "Part of the reason she was able to be so successful tonight, was that our block did a fantastic job of channeling the ball to her. Chloe also did a terrific job of controlling her digs better than she has in the past."

The Lady Vols utilized a three-pronged attack on offense, getting double-digit kills from freshman Nikki Fowler, sophomore Leah Hinkey and senior Yuliya Stoyanova. A native of Dallas, Fowler pounded out a team-high 16 kills, while Hinkey and Stoyanova each recorded 13.

As a team, UT tallied a .224 hitting percentage, marking its highest average since the squad hit at a .287 clip in a four-game win over Mississippi State on Sept. 16.

In addition to Goldman's record-setting performance, the Orange and White also got solid defensive efforts from sophomores Jena Berg and Kylie Marshall, as well as Stoyanova and Hinkey. With 46 assists and 14 digs, Berg notched her 14th double-double of the year, while Stoyanova recorded her second of the season and 23rd of her career with 11 digs and 13 kills. A Puyallup, Wash., product, Marshall tallied 12 digs and Hinkey paced the squad in the blocks category with seven putbacks.

The Big Orange will look to build on this victory and go for the season sweep against Auburn when the Tigers make the trip to Rocky Top on Sunday. First serve for the contest is set for 1:30 p.m. in Stokely Athletics Center.

"We have to realize that we need to continue to work hard and not take this for granted," Patrick said. "Auburn is a very tough defensive team. We will have to play hard the entire match, and we can't expect them to give us anything."

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