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Week 8: Volleyball Players of the Week

69 days ago
SEC Staff
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SEC Player of the Week - Jillian Gillen, Arkansas

SEC Offensive Player of the Week - Arkansas' Jillian Gillen, a sophomore outside hitter from Stilwell, Kansas, averaged 6.43 points, 5.43 kills and 3.14 digs per set in the wins at Georgia. In the opening match, Gillen recorded her 15th career double-double with a season-high 22 kills and 13 digs. In the second match, she posted a three-set match-high 16 kills to help Arkansas defeat Georgia for the first time in Athens since 2016.

SEC Defensive Player of the Week - Arkansas' Lauren Evans, a junior libero from Dallas, Texas, averaged 3.86 digs per set in the series win at Georgia. Evans helped the team post a season-high 54 digs in the three-set match. She has now registered double-digit digs in 11 of the 12 matches this season.

SEC Setter of the Week - Arkansas' Gracie Ryan, a junior from Orlando, Fla., averaged 11.71 assists per set in the two wins at Georgia. On Thursday, Ryan tied her individual match high in four sets with 47 assists and had a career-high five blocks. In the second match, she earned her sixth double-double of the season and 13th of her career with 35 assists and 11 digs.

SEC Freshman of the Week - South Carolina's Ellie Ruprich, a middle blocker from Beverly Hills, Mich., averaged 2.88 points and 2.50 kills per set and owned a .529 hitting percentage in the series win over Mississippi State. On Thursday night, Ruprich tallied eight kills on nine swing with no errors and added three blocks. On Friday, she set career highs with 12 kills and 25 attacks in the five-set win.