University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball coach Travis Filar needed somebody to provide consistency at the middle blocker position this season.
Emily Plumlee has fit that bill.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore was named the Southern Conference defensive player of the week after the Mocs defeated Wofford and Western Carolina over the weekend. She finished with 12 blocks in the two matches, an average of 1.7 per set, and ranks seventh in the league in blocks per set at 0.88.
Plumlee started in four matches during the Mocs' 2015 regular-season conference championship run and led the freshman class with a .301 hitting percentage. She was able to learn behind the graduated Sarah Batterton and Lauren Gainer as well as current senior Kristy Wieser, which Filar said was invaluable experience.
"She has been committed to the process of getting better," Filar said Tuesday. "She worked extremely hard last year and learned a lot behind those kids, but mostly she just worked to get better. Now she's come into her own and she has provided us great stability and discipline at that middle blocker position, and discipline is one of the most important pieces of being a middle.