USC wins the 2021 NCAA beach volleyball championship
The Trojans overtook the Bruins 3-1 to secure USC the national title.
Many players shined in this year’s NCAA volleyball tournament. But these were the best of the best.
Madison Lilley, Kentucky
It’s no surprise that Madison Lilley, Kentucky setter and AVCA National Player of the year, tops our NCAA tournament All-Tournament Team. She ran the offense that led Kentucky to their first-ever National Championship, tallying a personal-best 19 digs in the title game while keeping her team above a .300 clip for the entire tournament.
HAVE A NIGHT, MADISON LILLEY! 🤯— NCAA Women's Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 23, 2021
On the same day as being named the AVCA Player of the Year, @mplilley03 had the match of a lifetime – averaging almost 16 assists per set as she led @KentuckyVB to its first National Championship appearance.#NCAAVB pic.twitter.com/Dn5aWSUAWJ
Alli Stumler, Kentucky
Alli Stumler, Kentucky outside hitter, led her team throughout the tournament. Her team made history by winning the SEC’s first volleyball title, and Stumler made personal history as well, with a career high 26 kills in the national championship match. Possibly the best six-rotation player in the tournament, she carried a huge load for the Wildcats on both offense and defense.
Logan Eggleston, Texas
The Big 12 Player of the Year, Logan Eggleston came into the NCAA tournament with lofty expectations as someone who is a threat from everywhere on the floor. When Texas was in trouble, Eggleston was there to clean up the mess. Her consistency in every aspect of the game led the Longhorns to the championship game.
BIG TIME LOGAN!!!@loganeggleston_ was relentless for @TexasVolleyball, leading the way with 17 kills and 9 digs in the Longhorns' sweep of Wisconsin in the National Semifinals.#NCAAVB pic.twitter.com/9kkCfoipNz— NCAA Women's Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 23, 2021
Azhani Tealer, Kentucky
A jack of all trades, Azhani Tealer is a middle who can also run off two feet behind the setter. Her versatility is a huge reason Kentucky won a national championship, as she was able to find kills when needed all tournament long. She also earns a spot on this list for her blocking IQ. The tournament announcers repeatedly talked about her height — only 5’10 — but she closes to the pins and presses her hands over the net in a way where height doesn’t necessarily matter.
Dana Rettke, Wisconsin
Dana Rettke, middle hitter from Wisconsin, is one of a few middles who lead their programs in kills. She commands attention blocking, running the slide, and attacking in front of the setter. She opens up the court for her teammates and allows a lot of players to shine with her.
Chinaza Ndee, University of Pittsburgh
Chinaza Ndee, right side hitter for the University of Pittsburgh, helped take the volleyball program further than it had ever gone. Ndee played fearlessly against teams that were ranked higher and picked to win. Her swings sealed a ticket to the regional final in a big way — she had 19 kills to upset No. 3 Minnesota.
Gabby Curry, Kentucky
Gabby Curry reads the game so well. Easy balls never fall on her watch, and she puts her setter (Madison Lilley) in a position to run her offense almost every time. The two-time SEC Libero of the Year brought energy, ball control, secondary setting and so many more crucial elements to the floor en route to helping Kentucky win their first-ever title.
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