Kentucky Earns Three SEC Honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Kentucky volleyball team continued to rack up awards this week, as freshman Leah Edmond and sophomore Olivia Dailey took home Southeastern Conference honors on Monday. Edmond won her second SEC Player of the Week and eighth SEC Freshman of the Week award, while Dailey earned her fifth SEC Setter of the Week.
Edmond was tabbed Player and Freshman of the Week after a spectacular performance in the two wins last weekend, tallying 39 kills on a .270 hitting percentage. Against Texas A&M, she became the fourth player at UK in the 25-point rally scoring era to amass 25 or more kills in a match, joining current senior Anni Thomasson and former All-Americans Whitney Billings and Sarah Mendoza.
The Lexington, Kentucky, native averaged a blistering 5.57 kills per set during the weekend, well above her season average of 4.29. Edmond was an all-around player for the Wildcats once again after producing 10 digs and five total blocks on defense.
Dailey earned Setter of the Week after leading the offense to above .300 attacking clips in both wins. The Trussville, Alabama, native had 98 assists over the weekend, including a career-high 60 helpers in the huge win over the Aggies. Dailey joined an elite club as one of four setters in UK’s 25-point rally era scoring history to total 60 assists in a single match. Dailey, who was already in fourth in the country in the helpers, averaged 14.0 per frame over the weekend, more than two assists above her season average.
Not only did Dailey produce on the offensive end, she was also stellar on defense. The sophomore earned 15 digs in the sweep of LSU while picking up her fourth double-double of the season. Dailey had 24 digs in the two matches and also recorded two blocks.
The Wildcats will be back action on Wednesday when they take on Tennessee looking to claim a share of the SEC Championship. First serve is set for 9 p.m. and can be watched live on ESPNU.