USC wins the 2021 NCAA beach volleyball championship
The Trojans overtook the Bruins 3-1 to secure USC the national title.
The AVCA announced its Division I Women’s Volleyball awards Thursday, highlighting the Player of the Year, Head and Assistant Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
After winning the Southeast Region Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky senior Madison Lilley was named the AVCA Women’s Division I Player of the Year. She led the NCAA with 12.33 assists per set. Since being named POY, Lilley has also helped the Wildcats to their first-ever women’s volleyball championship final.
"I am still at the point where I am speechless. It is beyond an amazing honor."— NCAA Women's Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 22, 2021
Hear from @KentuckyVB's @mplilley03 on making history and winning @AVCAVolleyball National Player of the Year. 🏆#NCAAVB pic.twitter.com/cQxyROpoo1
But she’s not the only one making history for Kentucky. Head coach Craig Skinner was named Women’s Division I National Coach of the Year, the first time a Kentucky volleyball head coach has received the award.
Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari was pretty excited about the awards, tweeting his congratulations and reminding people to watch the game.
.@UKCoachSkinner was named the @AVCAVolleyball National Coach of the Year and @mplilley03 was tabbed the AVCA National Player of the Year!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 22, 2021
And @KentuckyVB plays in the Final Four TONIGHT at 7 on @espn vs. Washington!
So happy for Coach Skinner, Madison and the program!!! https://t.co/3u21ErHiOB
Washington Assistant Coach Leslie Gabriel was named the Women’s Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. She helped the Huskies to a 20-4 record and a semifinal berth.
Lastly, Ohio State’s Emily Londot was named Women’s Division I Freshman of the Year. She’s the second Buckeye in program history to win the award, following Stacey Gordon, who won the award in 2001. Additionally, Londot was named Second Team All-American, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and unanimous First Team All-Big Ten.
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