Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference has announced its annual volleyball awards to cap off the season. The All-SEC team consists of 18 student-athletes, as well as a seven-member All-Freshman team. No link has been broken.
Krystal Rivers, a senior right-handed hitter from Alabama, was selected the SEC volleyball player of the Year. This is the first time a member of the Crimson Tide program has won this honor. Rivers is currently ranked second in the country in total eliminations with 640, and third in eliminations per set (5.77), points per set (6.57) and total points (729.5). She was named SEC rude Player of the Week four times and SEC Player of the Week twice this season.
In addition, Rivers was also chosen as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the first time a student-athlete has been named Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the same season. She is also the first Alabama player to be named College Athlete of the Year since the first award was given to Erin Price in 2003. Rivers is a Spanish major with a cumulative GPA of 3.65. She is a two-time CoSIDA All-District Academic Team honoree and SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree. Rivers was also named a co-academic All-American. She is six times honored on the dean’s list and twice honored on the President’s list.
Kentucky junior defensive specialist Ashley Dusek was named the second libero of the year for the second year in a row.
A two-time Defensive Player of the Week, she is second in the league in digs per set (4.80) and total digs (456). It was the Wildcats’ fourth Libero of the Year honor and their fifth defensive player of the year overall.
Kentucky’s Leah Edmond was named the SEC Rookie of the Year. The outside hitter is currently second to Rivers in the conference standings in disposals per set (4.29) and points per set (4.79). She also averaged 10.31 strikes per set and totaled 455 points during her rookie campaign. Edmond has won eight SEC Freshman of the Week awards and was named SEC Player of the Week twice this season.
Missouri head coach Wayne Kreklow was voted the SEC Coach of the Year. The Tigers are currently 14-2 in league play and are tied for second place heading into the final two games of the regular season. Missouri ranked 22nd in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches and seventh in the recent NCAA RPI rankings. This is the second time Kreklow has been named second coach of the Year, winning the award previously in year.