Freshman Madison Lilley and sophomore Leah Edmond took home three Southeastern Conference awards after the first week of conference play, the league announced Monday afternoon. Lilley won SEC Player and Setter of the Week honors, while Edmond earned Offensive Player of the Week.
Lilley garnered Setter and Player of the Week for the second time in this season. She also won both awards after her performance against Loyola (Chicago) and Marquette earlier this season. Edmond brought in her first award of the year. Edmond is no stranger to weekly league honors as she won eight Freshman of the Week awards a season ago.
Lilley averaged 13.0 assists per set in victories against Missouri and LSU. She amassed 91 total helpers in seven sets of action for the week. The freshman helped UK hit a scorching .524 in the sweep of LSU, marking the second time UK has swung above .500 this season.
The Overland Park, Kansas, native had 52 assists in the win over Mizzou and added 12 digs, while also directing Edmond to a career-best hitting percentage. She produced her fifth career double-double in just her 13th career match. UK hit .313 in the win and the Wildcats posted 63 terminations. Lilley added five aces and six kills over the two matches and did not commit an error.
Edmond was on fire during her first two SEC matches of the season. She swung at a .442 attacking clip in the two wins, including a career-best .485 in the four-set win over Missouri. In her career night, she added 18 kills and committed just two errors on 33 swings. She hit double-digits for the 11th time this season against LSU with a .386 attacking percentage. Kentucky produced nine aces against the Tigers, with Edmond and Lilley both posting a team-high three.
The Lexington, Kentucky, native was impressive on the defensive side as well. She added eight digs in each match and boasted nine total blocks.
Kentucky resumes action in league play at Mississippi State on Sunday.
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by Deb Moore