CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Junior libero Lara Newberry (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and the Chattanooga Lady Mocs volleyball team were honored for leading the nation in digs prior to the Chattanooga women’s basketball game against Wofford on February 18.
As a team, the 2007 the Lady Mocs averaged an astounding 22.63 digs per game and lead the NCAA by 1.44 digs per game more than the next closest team, Illinois State, which posted 21.19 digs per game.
A large reason for that accomplishment was Lara Newberry, who compiled numerous individual accolades of her own on her way to leading the NCAA in digs per game with 7.19 per game. That mark led the nation by .40 digs per game more than second-place finisher Allison Nieters of Iona (6.79 dpg). The Chattanooga native is the first member of the Lady Mocs to lead the NCAA in any statistical category.
Newberry also set the NCAA Modern Era Single Season Digs Record with 942 in 2007, breaking the mark of 924 previously held by Minnesota’s Paula Gentil. Entering 2008, she will need only 393 digs to break Gentil’s all-time NCAA record of 2,791 career digs. She is already Chattanooga’s all-time digs leader with 2,399 for her career and holds the top three single season marks.
Chattanooga improved upon its 2006 finish of fifth in the nation in digs per game (20.47) while Newberry went from ninth in the country at 6.27 digs per game to leading the nation in 2007.