Senior outside hitter Brenna McIlroy became the 15th player in Auburn volleyball history to reach the 1,000 kill milestone and first since Katherine Culwell (2009-2013).
McIlroy needed just 24 kills to join the elite group coming into 2018. She posted 19 on opening weekend vs. High Point and Michigan, leaving her just a handful away from the milestone.
With 11 in the team’s Friday win over Butler, the Garland, Texas, native has now posted 1,006 putaways in her Tiger career, averaging 2.92 per set. In 2018, she has managed 30 kills in the team’s three matches: seven against High Points, 12 vs. Michigan and 11 at Butler.
S2: Kill No. 5⃣ for McIlroy and its a BIG one for the senior!
🐅 – 9
🐕 – 11#WarEagle | #AMBUSH18 pic.twitter.com/ugWB8dPCmP
— Auburn Volleyball (@AuburnVB) August 31, 2018
ICYMI: Senior @Brenna_McIlroy joined an elite club tonight, recording kill No. 1⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ in her career!
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏#WarEagle | #AMBUSH18 pic.twitter.com/4X5BVHpgsO
— Auburn Volleyball (@AuburnVB) September 1, 2018
McIlroy has been steady throughout her career, posting 333 kills (2.75 per set) as a rookie in 2015, 351 as a sophomore (3.13 per set) and 292 last season (2.86 per set).
In addition to her 1,006 kill haul, McIlroy has turned in 846 digs (2.46 per set), 101 blocks and 93 aces. It is certainly within reach for her to join the even more elite 1,000-1,000 club, having posted 20 saves so far in three matches.
If she were to reach 1,000 digs, McIlroy would become the seventh Auburn player to do and first since Culwell (1013 kills, 1005 digs).
Auburn is 2-1 on the season with matches against Illinois State and Eastern Illinois on the slate for Saturday to close out the Butler Invitational.