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UK volleyball star Madison Lilley named SEC Player of the Week, other Wildcats earn honors

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Kentucky volleyball setter Madison Lilley continues to rack up impressive honors during her senior campaign.

For the second time this season, Lilley was named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week, along with Setter of the Week honors.

The league honors come following the senior star’s double-double Thursday night where she managed 47 assists and 11 digs in the match to help secure a sweep of No. 9 Missouri. Lilley also had a season-high 51 assists on Wednesday night in UK’s 3-1 win over the Tigers to go with six digs and two blocks.

Beyond Lilley’s accolade-filled week, junior outside hitter Alli Stumler was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while senior libero Gabby Curry was honored as the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Stumler led all Kentucky players by averaging 5.38 kills per set in the team’s sweep at Missouri this week. In back-to-back matches on Wednesday and Thursday evening, Stumler recorded 21 kills and 22 kills, respectively. The junior standout also tallied a double-double on Wednesday night, coupling 13 digs with her 21 kills and hit .390 that night. The junior took 95 swings over the series with a .331 average for the week.

Curry also shined in the sweep, registering double-digit digs in both matches against the Tigers. Curry had 28 digs on the week, holding the high-powered Mizzou offense to .234 hitting. The Buford, Georgia native was also deadly at the service stripe in key moments of the match Wednesday night, with three aces. She is now averaging 3.53 digs per set to lead Kentucky this season.

Kentucky returns to action against Auburn this weekend, with matches on Saturday and Sunday both set for 4 p.m. ET. The first will take place on the SEC Network+, while the second will air live on the SEC Network with Courtney Lyle and Missy Whittemore on the call from Memorial Coliseum.

On the year, UK sits at 4-0 overall, including two consecutive sweeps against Tennessee and at Missouri. Following this weekend’s matches, Kentucky will close out the regular season with a two-match event in Starkville, taking on Mississippi State on Nov. 12 and 13.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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1 Comment for UK volleyball star Madison Lilley named SEC Player of the Week, other Wildcats earn honors

  1. runningunnin.454
    6:44 am November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Love volleyball, and love to watch Madison play the game. This team is special; just have to do away with the slow starts.