Arkansas' Jill Gillen, a graduate student outside hitter from Stilwell, Kan., averaged 5.45 points and 5.00 kills per set and recorded a .346 hitting percentage in a pair of five-set wins over Ole Miss and No. 20 Florida this past week. Gillen posted back-to-back double doubles, starting with 24 kills and 16 digs on Wednesday against the Rebels. She tallied a season-high 26 kills and 11 digs on Sunday to lead the Razorbacks to their second win this season against the Gators, marking the first time Arkansas has defeated Florida twice in one season.
Defensive Player of the Week
MB • Gr.
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Tennessee's Raeven Chase, a graduate student middle blocker from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, averaged 2.00 blocks per set over three-set road wins over LSU and Texas A&M this past weekend. Chase registered five blocks, including one solo stop, against the Tigers on Friday. She also had a match-high seven blocks, including two solo, against the Aggies on Sunday.
Setter of the Week
S • Jr.
Kentucky's Emma Grome, a junior from Loveland, Ohio, averaged 12.88 assists per set and led the UK offense to a .372 team hitting percentage in the four-set wins over Texas A&M and Missouri this past week. Grome had 55 assists versus the Aggies Thursday for her 10th match this season with 50 or more assists and closed out the weekend with a 48-assist performance against the Tigers on Sunday. She also contributed 12 digs, four kills and two blocks on the week.
Co-Freshman of the Week
OH • Fr.
Kentucky's Brooklyn DeLeye, a freshman outside hitter from Topeka, Kan., averaged 5.06 points, 4.75 kills and 1.75 digs per set in the wins over Texas A&M and Missouri this past week. DeLeye tallied 18 kills, eight digs, one assist and one ace against the Aggies. She then posted 20 kills, six digs, one block, one assist and one ace against the Tigers. With her performance Sunday, DeLeye became the first freshman in program history to have three 20-plus kill performances in her freshman season since Leah Edmond in 2016.
Co-Freshman of the Week
S • Fr.
Tennessee's Caroline Kerr, a redshirt freshman setter from Champaign, Ill., averaged 11.67 assists per set and guided the Lady Vols' offense to a .355 team hitting percentage in the road wins at LSU and Texas A&M this past weekend. On Friday, Kerr recorded 36 assists, six digs, one block and one kill and helped her squad to a .391 team hitting percentage in the sweep over the Tigers. She then notched 34 assists, five digs, three kills, one block and one ace in the sweep over the Aggies on Sunday.