Florida's Kennedy Martin, a freshman right side from Fort Mills, S.C., averaged 6.17 points and 5.17 kills per set to help the Gators collect a pair of Top 5 wins this past week. Martin recorded 16 kills, four digs, four blocks, two aces and a .394 hitting percentage in the three-set win at No. 2 Stanford. She then tallied 15 kills and seven digs in the three-set victory over No. 5 Minnesota. Martin has the most kills for a freshman in their first four matches in program history with 76.
Defensive Player of the Week
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Beverly Hills, Mich.
South Carolina's Ellie Ruprich, a senior middle blocker from Beverly Hills, Mich., averaged 1.92 blocks per set over three wins this past week for the Gamecocks. In the week's opening match against Clemson, Ruprich finished with eight blocks, two service aces, four digs and four kills over four sets. In the team's five-set win over Miami (Fla.), she had seven more blocks with seven kills. In the weekend finale against Troy, Ruprich had 10 blocks, her third career match with double-digit blocks.
Setter of the Week
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Florida's Alexis Stucky, a sophomore from Laramie, Wy., recorded back-to-back double-doubles to help the Gators defeat two Top-5 programs in the same week for the first time in program history. Stucky registered 34 assists and 12 digs along with four kills in the three-set win at No. 2 Stanford and guided the team to a .324 hitting percentage. She then posted 32 assists, 11 digs and five kills in the three-set victory over No. 5 Minnesota.
Freshman of the Week
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Tennessee's Caroline Kerr, a redshirt-freshman setter from Champaign, Ill., averaged 10.42 assists at the USD Invitational. Kerr led off with 38 assists and nine digs in the four-set win over host San Diego. She followed that up with 32 assists in the three-set win over Boston College, helping the Lady Vols to a .369 hitting percentage against the Eagles. Kerr closed out the week with her first collegiate double-double of 55 assists and 11 digs in the five-set match against No. 1 Wisconsin.