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SEC Player of the Week – Mikayla Robinson, South Carolina
SEC Offensive Player of the Week – South Carolina’s Mikayla Robinson, a senior center blocker from West Dundee, Illinois, helped the Gamecocks achieve the conference’s first two wins over top-25 teams this season. During the week, Robinson hit .410 with 34 kills in 12 sets and added 14 blocks as South Carolina defeated No. 18 Washington State and No. 23 Rice in the Carolina Classic. In the season opener vs. the Cougars hit .500 with 16 kills along with eight total blocks (two solo) and broke the program record for career blocks in the rally scoring era. Against the Owls, Robinson then hit .348 with five more blocks and 12 kills, including her 1000th career kill to become the 16th player on the program to reach the milestone. She is one of only four Gamecocks in program history to have recorded 1,000 kills and 400 blocks in their career.
SEC Co-defensive Players of the Week – Alabama’s Dru Kuck, a junior libero from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was named Most Valuable Player of the Marshall Invitational as she led the team with 70 digs played in 11 sets, averaging 6.36 per set. Kuck set her career high with 28 digs in the season opener against Austin Peay. She led the team in the remaining two games with 24 digs in four sets against Marshall and 18 digs in three sets against Miami (Ohio).
Kentucky’s Azhani Tealer, a junior center blocker from Grand Prairie, Texas, earned a spot on the Dayton Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the tournament with 1.67 blocks per set and 15 overall blocks for the weekend. Tealer had six blocks in the season-opening win vs. Texas State, a career high for Tealer in a three-set match. She also hit an ace in two of the three games and hit a career-high .800 in UK’s road sweep against the host Flyers.
SEC Setter of the Week – Natalie Hayward of Tennessee, a senior from Bothell, Washington, gave a total of 108 assists in nine sets, averaging 12.00 assists per set. Hayward led the UT offense and registered a .366 batting percentage on his three three-set wins in the Tennessee Classic. She also registered 10 kills and four blocks in the opening weekend of the season.
SEC Freshman of the Week – Lauren McCutcheon of South Carolina, right/opposite from Simpsonville, SC, averaged 3.17 points, 2.42 kills, and 1.92 digs per set and achieved a 0.419 pass rate at the Carolina Classic. In her college debut, McCutcheon hit .438 with seven kills, 12 digs and two blocks in the win over No. 18 Washington State. Her best performance of the tournament came against No. 23 Rice, as she led the team with 15 kills without a single offense, a .517 success rate, seven digs, three blocks and two key aces in a four-set win over the Owls .
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