Tennessee sophomore middle blocker Ariana Wilson has been chosen as the

Southeastern Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. The honor marks the

first for a UT volleyball player since Mary Heinecke was honored last

November.

Wilson helped guide the Lady Vols to a 2-1 mark at the third annual Toyota

Lady Vol Classic this past weekend at the Stokely Athletics Center.

Tennessee's only blemish came against Kansas, 3-2. For the week, she

registered a .352 hitting percentage while averaging 4.64 kills and 1.45

blocks per game. On Friday (Sept. 17), in a 3-0 win over Eastern Michigan,

she led UT with 15 kills and six blocks. The following day versus Lehigh,

she once again led the Orange and White with 11 kills. In the tournament

finale against Kansas, she established new career highs for total attacks

(61) and kills (25).

"I'm very excited for the recognition that this award bestows on Ariana,"

Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. "She was very deserving of the award

this week, since she did a great job offensively for us. Even though other

teams are geared to stop her, she still is able to be a huge factor

offensively. Ariana just keeps on improving and the thing is that she

hasn't even reached her potential yet."

For the season, Wilson is averaging 3.54 kills and 1.11 blocks per game

while leading the squad with 41 blocks and a .333 hitting percentage.