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Kentucky’s Madison Lilley Headlines AVCA Volleyball Awards


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.

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.

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.