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Led by Madison Lilley, Kentucky Volleyball headlines several SEC end-of-season awards

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

The best volleyball program in the Southeastern Conference dominated the end-of-season awards.

On Sunday afternoon, the SEC announced that the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball senior setter Madison Lilley was named the conference’s 2020-21 Player of the Year, that senior Gabby Curry was named the conference’s Libero of the Year, and that head coach Craig Skinner was named the conference’s Co-Coach of the Year. Lilley and Curry were also named to the All-SEC Team as were four of their Wildcat teammates: Alli Stumler, Azhani Tealer, Avery Skinner, and Madi Skinner.

The All-SEC Team consists of 18 student-athletes, meaning Kentucky accounted for 33 percent of the honorees.

Below are some statistics for each player and Coach Skinner, courtesy of UK Athletics, on what each Wildcat accomplished during a record-setting 19-1 regular-season run. The next closest school to Kentucky in terms of All-Conference players was Florida with four and Missouri with three. Madi Skinner was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Madison Lilley, SEC Player of the Year

  • 11.9 assists per set
  • 24 service aces
  • 2.32 digs per set
  • Seven-time SEC Setter of the Week
  • Five-time SEC Player of the Week

Gabby Curry, SEC Libero of the Year

  • Third-straight SEC Libero of the Year title
  • 3.62 digs per set to lead all UK players
  • Two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Alli Stumler, All-SEC

  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week in the fall
  • Led UK with 4.27 kills per set this season
  • Also had 2.41 digs per set

Avery Skinner, All-SEC

  • Registered 3.84 kills per set, and 4.04 against teams in the AVCA Top-50
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week in the fall
  • 1.71 digs per set, as she played all six rotations

Madi Skinner, All-SEC and All-Freshman Team

  • Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week
  • Responsible for 2.52 kills per set
  • Four matches this season with 10-plus kills

Azhani Tealer, All-SEC

  • Transitioned to middle blocker this year
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week in the fall
  • Hit a team-high .463 and averaged 1.33 blocks per set, which also led Kentucky.

Craig Skinner, SEC Co-Coach of the Year

  • Fourth-straight SEC Championship
  • Fourth SEC Coach of the Year title
  • 16th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance by securing the SEC’s automatic qualifying spot

Coach Skinner shares the Co-Coach of the Year honors with Arkansas’ Jason Watson. The Razorbacks also filled up the award sheets, as Taylor Head was named the SEC Freshman of the Year while Jillian Gillen was named the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Kentucky was excellent this season against a conference-only schedule, which was enforced out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. The Wildcats’ only loss came against the second-best team in the SEC, the Florida Gators, back on March 19 in a close contest, but the ladies came right back to sweep the Gators the very next day.

Later on Sunday, Kentucky will find out its position for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which is scheduled for later this month. The Selection Show will air at 4 p.m. on ESPNU and the ‘Cats have a good shot at earning a one-seed in the field. UK is one of 30 schools to earn an automatic bid after winning its conference.

[UK Athletics]

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for Led by Madison Lilley, Kentucky Volleyball headlines several SEC end-of-season awards



  1. TBW3011
    3:19 pm April 4, 2021 Permalink

    This is when raises and extensions should be handed out.



  2. JDid
    6:51 pm April 4, 2021 Permalink

    GO CATS!