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Passmore Named SoCon Libero of the Year
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) was honored Wednesday as the Southern Conference's Libero of the Year voted upon by the league's coaches. She paced the conference and finished 18th nationally in digs per set with 5.45.

"Paula not only was a great defensive player, but she was a great passer." said Rhodes. "I think all the coaches looked at the receiving errors as well, plus she gave us some serving aces. Those stats combined definitely put her in contention for libero of the year. I am really proud of her accomplishment."

For the year, the Merritt Island, Fla., native recorded 654 digs, which at the end of the regular season is the four-most nationally. She also led the SoCon in conference-only matches with 5.39 digs per set.

Passmore finished second on the team with 20 service aces and only was credited with 25 receiving errors in 585 opportunities off the serve.

"A lot of teams play their libero at left back and we play her at middle back," added Rhodes. "I feel like it provides more opportunities for our libero."

Throughout the season, she was a two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Week and was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month for September. The sophomore recorded a career-best 38 digs against Elon on Oct. 30 and hit 30 digs four times during the campaign including just missing that mark at 29 on three occasions.

On the service line, Passmore set a career-high with three service aces against East Tennessee State and at Western Carolina.

This is the fourth time in the past five seasons that the Chattanooga libero has won the conference's libero of the year. Former player and current student assistant coach Lara Newberry, who set the NCAA record for digs, was selected for the award from 2006-08.

Over the past six seasons, the Lady Mocs libero has led the conference in digs, but in both instances neither Newberry or Passmore were recognized following their freshman campaigns.

The Lady competed its season with a 12-20 record and 7-9 mark in the SoCon. The team will look to have some younger players step up next season as seniors Courtney Barnes (Franklin, Tenn.), Bailee Chastain (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Jessica Scott (Lawrence, Kan.) are scheduled to graduate in the spring.

Southern Conference Post-Season Awards

All-Conference First Team
Elyse Chubb, College of Charleston MH, Jr.
Cole Dawley, College of Charleston S, Sr.
Sarah Havel, College of Charleston MB, Jr.
Sarabeth Peele, Davidson OH, Sr.
Kelly Kirby, Furman RS/S, Jr.
Parker Small, Georgia Southern MH, Jr.
Kate Van Dyke, Georgia Southern S, So.

All-Conference Second Team

Courtney Rhein, Appalachian State L, So.
Ginny Phillips, College of Charleston RS, Sr.
Caroline Lemke, Elon MB, Jr.
Sarah Schermerhorn, Elon MB, Sr.
Chandler Ambrester, Furman OH, So.
Bethany Sanford, Georgia Southern OH, Jr.
Elizabeth Neisler, Samford OH, So.

All-Freshman Team

Madelyn McGinnis, College of Charleston OH
Sarah McCarthy, Furman S
Enjoli Johnson, Georgia Southern MH
Kellie Orewiler, UNCG L
Katie Murphy, Samford MB
Morgan Cochran, Western Carolina L
Amanda Liguori, Wofford OH

Player of the Year

Cole Dawley, College of Charleston S, Sr.

Freshman of the Year

Katie Murphy, Samford OH

Libero of the Year

Paula Passmore, Chattanooga So.

Coach of the Year

Mary Tendler, Elon

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