Kentucky’s Leah Edmond was named Player of the Year, while teammate Gabby Curry was named Libero of the Year and Alli Stumler was named Freshman of the Year. Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors when to Arkansas’ Hailey Dirrigl.
Missouri’s Andrea Fuentes earned her second straight Freshman of the Week nod alongside Auburn’s Tatum Shipes. Tennessee’s Tessa Grubbs was named Player of the Week, while the Vols’ Addisyn Rowe and Auburn’s Mica Allison also garnered weekly honors from the SEC.
Kentucky stayed perfect with a sweep of South Carolina, while Florida got back on the winning track with a sweep of Mississippi State. Missouri and Tennessee survived five setters to keep pace.
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.
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.
T’ara Ceasar (pictured) and Rachel Ritchie combined for 48 kills as (RV) Georgia escaped Auburn in five sets.
While 10th-ranked Florida earned a sweep at LSU, Mississippi State earned the first SEC victory of the July Darty era with a 5-set comeback win over Auburn.
Texas A&M knocked off RV Georgia in 5 sets, otherwise favored SEC programs earned victories to close out opening weekend. RV South Carolina, Missouri, 11th-ranked Florida and Texas A&M are all off to 2-0 conference starts.
Auburn won its fourth straight match to end the non-conference season at 7-3, besting Florida State 3-1.
“We’ve talked about how we need to learn something every week in order to improve and this weekend will be another good learning experience for this young team,” Auburn head coach Rick Nold said of the Kansas Invitational.