Texas A&M (12-7, 5-2 SEC) begins a crucial three-match homestand on Friday when the Aggies play host to Tennessee (14-5, 5-2 SEC) for their annual “Dig Pink” match.
Kentucky’s Madison Lilley was tabbed as SEC Setter and overall Player of the Week for week 8, while Texas A&M’s Hollann Hans and London Austin-Roark, Florida’s Rachael Kramer and LSU’s Raigen Cianciulli also were honored by the league.
9th-ranked Florida and 19th-ranked Kentucky stayed perfect in SEC action with 8-0 and 6-0 marks, respectively. LSU, Texas A&M and RV Missouri all chalked up conference wins on Sunday as well.
Florida survived a road-test from South Carolina, while Missouri also picked up a road win at Ole Miss. Texas A&M and Arkansas held home court against Auburn and Mississippi State respectively.
Florida’s Taelor Kellum was tabbed as SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Week after notching a career-high 12 blocks against Georgia and helping the Gators to two five-set wins to stay atop the league standings.
10th-ranked Florida registered 20 blocks, the 2nd-highest total recorded in the rally-scoring era, to halt RV Georgia’s upset bid 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Gators remain undefeated in SEC action, as Taelor Kellum and Mia Sokolowski notched career-high block totals.
Kentucky stayed perfect at 4-0 with a road sweep at Mississippi State, while Florida, Arkansas and Missouri won at home. The Gators and Razorbacks pulled out five set wins, with Florida hanging on for victory to move to 5-0 and Arkansas overcoming a 2-0 deficit for its first league win.
Texas A&M riding its best-ever start in Southeastern Conference play at 3-0, puts its undefeated SEC record on the line Friday against 10th-ranked (AVCA 11) Florida (4-0 SEC) in Gainesville.
Texas A&M junior Hollann Hans served up eight aces in the Aggies’ five-set win over Georgia, setting a school match record and Reed Arena record.
Florida and Kentucky were picked as favorites win the SEC, but Alabama’s surprise start has the Crimson Tide in the conversation. Missouri and Texas A&M opener league play with wins on Wednesday.