Texas A&M’s Kaitlyn Blake Named SEC Player of the Week (Week 3)

  0 Caley Oquist | September 12th, 2016 | College - Women's Indoor, News, SEC

SEC Volleyball Week 3 Player of the Week:

Kaitlyn Blake • Texas A&M Sophomore • MB • 6-2 • Allen, Texas

Offensive Player of the Week:

Krystal Rivers • Alabama Redshirt Senior • RS • 5-11 • Birmingham, Ala.

Rivers was named MVP of the Hampton Inn Bash after leading her team with 5.90 kills and 6.65 points per set during the tournament. She posted a career-high 38 kills in the five-set win over Southern Miss, including nine kills in the deciding fifth set. The 38 kills are the most in a single match for an Alabama player in 18 years (Michelle Green, 38 vs. Eastern Michigan, Sept. 19, 1998). Rivers is now ranked third in career kills at Alabama with 1,656, and is 52 away from moving into second place.

Defensive Player of the Week:

Kaitlyn Blake • Texas A&M Sophomore • MB • 6-2 • Allen, Texas

Blake was dominating at the net, averaged 2.44 blocks per set and took or tied for match-high honors in blocks in every match as Texas A&M went 3-0 at the Borderline Invitational. In addition to her five blocks-including a career-high tying two solo blocks-in the sweep against Arizona, she also had a match-high 12.5 points and tied for team-high honors in kills with eight while hitting .400. Blake had a match-high eight blocks at New Mexico State, propelling Texas A&M to a 12-2 lead in blocks and a 3-0 victory. She had match highs with nine blocks and 13.5 points in the sweep against UTEP as well. Blake leads the SEC with 1.81 blocks per set.

Setter of the Week:

Allie Monserez • Florida Redshirt Sophomore • 5-9 • Windermere, Fla.

Monserez earned a spot on the Blackbird Invitational All-Tournament Team after setting UF to its second (.437) and third (.389) best efficiencies this season against Denver and LIU Brooklyn, respectively. She still paces the SEC with her 11.79 assists per set through three weeks of the volleyball season. Monserez has now set Florida to five straight matches of single-digit attack errors. She had her most assists in a three-set match this season (38) against Denver, the most for a SEC setter in a three-set match this week (third best this season). Against LIU Brooklyn, Monserez quarterbacked five players who hit above .320.

Freshman of the Week:

Leah Edmond • Kentucky Freshman • OH • 6-2 • Lexington, Ky.

Edmond led UK in total kills (39) and kills per set (3.90) for the weekend. She registered her first two career double-double efforts with a 17-kill, 10-dig performance vs. Marquette, and an 11-kill, 10-dig performance in a three-set win over Saint Louis. Edmond had only amassed one dig in six matches before logging 10 vs. Marquette, seven in the three-set win over Virginia and then topped the three-set mark with 10 more vs. Saint Louis. She also broke out with 13 of her 18 total blocks for the season coming in UK’s two victories on Saturday. She had a career-high seven vs. Virginia and five against the Billikens. Edmond leads the SEC for freshmen and ranks sixth overall in kills per set for the season with 3.70.

Courtesy of The SEC.

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