CHATTANOOGA, Tenn-- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-athlete Paula Passmore (Merritt Island, Fla.) was named September's Defensive Player of the Month by the Southern Conference Wednesday afternoon.
The Mocs' senior recorded 336 digs in the month and was named Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 18-24, her second weekly honor of the season.
The libero leads the SoCon with 432 digs and is ranked third in the NCAA with an average of 6.35 digs per set. Passmore was ranked as high as second in the nation mid-way through the month. UTC ranks 40th in the NCAA with 16.94 digs per set.
Passmore's most outstanding defensive match of the season occurred just last weekend as the senior led Chattanooga to a 3-2 win over Wofford at Maclellan Gym. The 2010 SoCon Libero of the Year tallied a season-high and career-best 42 digs during the five-set victory.
The senior also moved up in the UTC record book last Saturday night with her 2064th career dig. Beginning the season fourth among Chattanooga's all-time digs leaders, Passmore passed by Kari Krouse (2000-03, 1769 digs) after seven matches, and moved ahead of Kylie Hunter (1990-93, 2058 digs) to take sole-possession of second place all-time at Chattanooga. Passmore now trails only Lara Newberry (2005-08, 3176 digs) Chattanooga and the nation's all-time digs leader.
Passmore and the Mocs return to action Friday night as the team travels to Elon, N.C., to take on the Phoenix at 6 p.m., before moving on to Greensboro, N.C., to face off against UNCG Saturday night at 6 p.m.