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#23 Lara Newberry
Position: L/UTIL
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School: Baylor School

2007 Had one of the most impressive seasons in NCAA history for a defensive player as she broke the NCAA Modern Era Single Season Digs record with 942 and became first Chattanooga volleyball player to the lead the nation in any statistical category, finishing first in digs per game with a 7.19 average...named National Libero of the Year by Collegiate Volleyball Update, Southern Conference Libero of the Year and was an AVCA All- South Region Honorable Mention...became only the second Chattanooga volleyball player to earn All-Region honors, joining Kari Krouse (2000-03) who was named to the team in 2003 and was an All-America Honorable Mention...was also All-Southern Conference Second Team and Southern Conference Tournament selection...enters 2008 only 393 digs away from breaking the NCAA’s all-time digs record of 2,791 held by Minnesota’s Paula Gentile (2002-05)...broke single season record of 924 (Gentile 2004) with 39 digs against College of Charleston in Southern Conference semifi nals...became the Lady Mocs all-time digs leader with 35 digs against Lipscomb on October 16 and currently has 2,399 career digs...broke own UTC single season digs record with 25 digs against Western Carolina on October 30...currently holds the top three single season marks in program history...chosen as Collegiate Volleyball Update’s National Player of the Week and Southern Conference Co-Player of the Week for October 8-14...posted near record 45 digs in a match twice, including in 3-2 victory over College of Charleston on October 9...finished season with four 40-plus dig performances and ten additional outings of 30-plus digs...notched double-digit digs in 32 of 33 matches.

2006 Appeared and started in all 33 matches at libero...set second highest single season digs record with 721, averaging a school record 6.27 per game...led SoCon all season and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation for digs per game...moved to No. 4 all-time in career digs with 1,457...added 24 service aces and 23 assists...season-high 37 digs at Davidson...Wolfpack Classic All-Tournament Team...Holiday Inn Express Challenge All-Tournament Team...Pre-Season All-Conference...Southern Conference All-Tournament Team...Fall Dean’s List.

2005 SoCon Freshman and Libero of the Year after shattering the school and conference records for digs in a season with 736...second team All-Southern Conference... ranked seventh in the nation at 6.03 digs per game...20 or more digs in 21 of 33 matches...44 digs against Georgia Southern just missed a school record...played in every game.

Baylor School Four-year starter at all positions for the Lady Red Raiders...three-time school MVP (2002-04)... Chattanooga Times Free Press “Best of Preps” Player of the Year as a senior...first team in junior and sophomore seasons and honorable mention as a freshman... three-time Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) All-State First Team (2002-04)...2005 Neely-Merrill Award for Outstanding Achievement in volleyball...Scrappy Moore 2005 Female Athlete of the Year Finalist...named to Division II East All-Region Team four years, MVP as a sophomore...Div. II East Region Champs as a sophomore - Tournament MVP...two-time Div. II East Region Runners-Up...Division II State tournament third place...three-year starter and four-year member of the varsity softball team...named “Best of Preps” First Team senior year, second team as a junior and sophomore...TSWA All-State First Team in 2005...four-time Div. II East Region Champs, three-time State Champs...team placed fourth at State tournament in freshman year...member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Chapel Advisory Committee...Outstanding Female Athlete and Best All-Round Female Athlete for Baylor School.

Personal Lara Elizabeth Newberry...majoring in Sociology...born in Chattanooga...daughter of Mark and Karen Newberry...sister Katie Newberry Cox graduated from UTC in 2002.

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