BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference announced its annual volleyball awards to cap the 2014 season. The All-SEC Teams consist of 18 student-athletes, along with a seven-member All-Freshman. No ties were broken.
Alex Holston, a sophomore right-side hitter from Florida, was selected as the 2014 SEC Volleyball Player of the Year. She is currently ranked in the top 10 in the league in hitting percentage (.351), kills (3.59 k/s) and points (4.24 p/s) as she helped lead the Gators to win this year's SEC title. After 17 league contests this season, Holston is averaging 4.47 points per set, a .370 hitting percentage, 3.77 kills per set, 0.29 service aces per set and 0.75 blocks per set. A member of the 2014 Preseason All-SEC Team, she was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.
Kentucky senior defensive specialist Jackie Napper was tabbed the 2014 SEC Libero of the Year. A four-time Defensive Player of the Week selection, she is fifth in SEC action in digs (3.88 d/s) and 14th in service aces (0.23 per set). In 29 matches this season, Napper has recorded 462 digs. This is the second Libero of the Year honor for the Wildcats and their third Defensive Player of the Year award overall.
Florida's Rhamat Alhassan claimed Freshman of the Year honors as the league's top rookie. The freshman middle blocker is currently hitting .462, good for second place on the NCAA chart, and 35th in the nation in blocks per set (1.30). Alhassan is also ranked second in conference matches in hitting percentage (.435) and blocks (1.27), and ninth in points (3.61). She was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Sept. 16 and earned four SEC Freshman of the Week awards.
Florida's Holly Pole, Missouri's Carly Kan and Texas A&M's Shelby Sullivan share this year's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Pole, a senior libero for the Gators, owns a 3.50 GPA in accounting and sports management, the third person in 20 years approved for a double major with accounting at Florida. Kan, a sophomore outside hitter for the Tigers, is a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection with a 3.88 GPA in accounting. Sullivan, a junior middle blocker for the Aggies, also earned a spot on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team with her 3.85 GPA in marketing.
Florida's Mary Wise claimed her 14th SEC Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Gators to the 2014 SEC regular-season title. The Gators are currently undefeated in league play heading into the last match of the regular season. Wise's squad, which is No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 and No. 7 in the current NCAA RPI rankings, earned the SEC's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.