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CVU.com National Player of the Week (Nov. 1): Tiffany Baker


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Tennessee's Tiffany Baker has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Oct. 24 through Oct. 30.

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A 6-4 freshman from Carrolton, Texas, Baker put up a pair of double-doubles in helping the Lady Vols stay perfect at home with weekend victories over Florida and South Carolina.

In Friday's match against Florida, Baker tallied a team-high 13 kills on .345 hitting to go with 11 digs and four blocks. Tennessee picked up the 3-1 victory, which marked only the second time in team history the Lady Vols have swept the season series with Florida.

Then, in Sunday's match, UT came away with a sweep of South Carolina to stay atop the SEC. In that contest, Baker again led the team, notching 15 kills and 12 digs while hitting a career-best .519 in her third double-double of the year.

For the weekend the freshman averaged 4.0 kills per set on .429 hitting, chipping in 3.29 digs per set and six total blocks. She was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts.

Baker is the third Lady Vol to earn the CVU.com honor. The last was Sarah Blum in 2005.

In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.

Top Performers

  • Tiffany Baker, Tennessee, Freshman, Outside hitter, 6-4
  • Khat Bell, Texas, Freshman, Middle blocker, 6-1
  • Jovana Bjelica, FIU, Junior, Outside hitter, 5-10
  • Brittany Groth, Green Bay, Junior, Libero, 5-9
  • Cora Kellerman, Eastern Washington, Junior, Outside hitter, 6-0
  • Ariana Mankus, Army, Junior, Outside hitter, 5-8
  • Kelsey Maving, Connecticut, Junior, Libero, 5-6
  • Jordan Raines, TCU, Senior, Outside hitter,
  • Ashley Rhoades, New Mexico, Senior, Middle blocker, 5-11
  • Ariel Turner, Purdue, Junior, Outside hitter, 6-1
  • Kellie Woolever, Pepperdine, Sophomore, Setter, 6-0

Editor's Note: This is the tenth in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.

College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.

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