In addition to those lofty national accomplishments, Newberry continued to rewrite the Lady Mocs record book throughout the year, setting the all-time digs record with 2,399 over her first three seasons and breaking the single season digs mark for the third straight year.
“I am extremely proud of Lara for being named the CVU Libero of the Year” says
That outstanding year has also led to a number of other prominent awards, including being named Collegiate Volleyball Update’s National Player of the Week for October 8-14, 2007 and being chosen as the Southern Conference’s Co-Player of the Week for the same time period. The recognition continued in the post season as Newberry was named as the Southern Conference’s Libero of the Year and secured a spot as a Second Team All-Conference selection after leading the league in digs per game for the entire season.
In the Southern Conference Tournament she posted some of her most impressive performances, notching 40 digs in a 3-1 opening round victory over Elon before registering 39 digs, including the record breaking 925th of the season, in a narrow 3-2 loss to three-time defending and eventual 2007 champion, College of Charleston in the semifinals. Those performances netted her the second All-Tournament selection of her career.
On the season, Newberry recorded 20 digs or more 27 times, 30 digs or more 10 times and surpassed 40 digs four times. Among those four performances were 45 dig totals against
With one season of eligibility remaining, the Chattanooga native’s greatest athletic accomplishment is likely to come midway through the 2008 season as she is only 392 digs away from breaking the NCAA modern era record of 2,791 set by Minnesota’s Paula Gentil from 2002-05.
Newberry is the first member of the Lady Mocs to be named Collegiate Volleyball Update’s Libero of the Year. The selection was based off of a combination of NCAA season totals and accomplishments as well as a formula that includes totals digs, number of opportunities and receive errors.
Newberry By The Numbers in 2007
942 Digs in 2007 NCAA Record
2,399 Career Digs
7.19 Digs Per Game NCAA Leader
7.03 Digs Per Game Southern Conference Leader
Double-Digit Digs 32 of 33 matches
20-29 Digs 13
30-39 Digs 10
40-49 Digs - 4
45 Digs 2
Collegiate Volleyball Update’s Libero of the Year
NCAA All-South Region Honorable Mention selection
Southern Conference Libero of the Year
Second Team All-Southern Conference selection
Southern Conference All-Tournament selection
Collegiate Volleyball Update’s National Player of the Week for October 8-14
Southern Conference Co-Player of the Week for October 8-14