The Kentucky volleyball team welcomed Merideth Jewell to the program, head coach Craig Skinner announced on Thursday. Jewell comes to UK from Morehead State and has two years of eligibility remaining. She will be eligible to play in 2017.

Jewell racked up multiple Ohio Valley Conference awards during her time with the Eagles. As a freshman and sophomore, she was a two-time All-OVC team member and OVC Freshman of the Year in 2015.

“Merideth is an accomplished player and a great competitor,” Skinner said. “Her mentality and love for the game will make an immediate impact on our program.”

During the 2016 campaign, she led Morehead State in kills at 3.50 per set. Her 431 kills were good for third best in the OVC and 41st in the nation, producing double-digit kill totals in 26 of 31 matches. Jewell was also stellar on defense, leading the team in digs at 3.20 per set. The Mount Washington, Kentucky, native recorded a career-high 26 terminations against Marist, and her career-best in scoops was 22 vs. SIU-Edwardsville.

As a freshman, Jewell ranked 17th in the country at 3.99 kills per set, helping her win freshman of the year honors. She led the team in digs at 2.46 per set, and recorded 52 blocks for the Eagles.

Highly touted out of high school, Jewell was an Under Armour All-American. She won the prestigious Miss Kentucky Volleyball award as a senior after leading Mercy Academy in Louisville to a state championship in 2014. Her club squad MidAmerica Volleyball Association placed fifth nationally, and she was a member of the Women’s Junior National A2 team and was an A1 team alternate.

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