Volleyball's Holman Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

by Matt Dunaway
Volleyball's Holman Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – LSU middle blocker Briana Holman tucked away her third SEC Freshman of the Week award on the season Monday as announced by the league office. For Holman, it’s her fourth career SEC weekly award.

“Briana continues to put together special performances against quality opponents,” head coach Fran Flory said. “I’m so proud of how hard she has worked, and how she handled the month of October which is always a tough stretch for any freshman. You also have to credit our setter Malorie Pardo for giving Briana the best possible swings. If we continue to perform at this kind of level, our team will have the opportunity to reach the goals we set before the season.”

Holman belted 3.70 kills on a .378 hitting percentage and added 1.20 blocks per set over her three rotations. The Tigers nearly swept their weekend road swing versus Georgia and No. 20 Kentucky, who entered the weekend with a combined 20-2 home record.

During the UGA match, Holman knocked home five of her 17 kills and tacked on two of her seven blocks in the fifth set. It was LSU’s seventh five-set win of the season tying the 1985 and 1986 teams for the second-most in program history for a single season.

Holman exploded for a career-high 20 kills on a .421 hitting clip against No. 20 Kentucky. Her previous career-best was 19 kills in LSU’s 3-2 victory over Baylor.

For the season, Holman has collected 142 total blocks which is fourth-highest for a freshman on LSU’s all-time list. Her 1.51 per set average not only paces the SEC but ranks seventh nationally.

LSU heads into the heart of a five-match stretch over a 10-day span and welcomes Texas A&M Wednesday to the Maravich Center. First serve is slated for 6 p.m., and the game will be carried by Cox Sports Television. Live stats also will be available for free inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Admission to all 2013 home matches is free compliments of the Advocate’s “Geaux Free” program. The Texas A&M match marks the fifth of six “Attend & Win” matches where one fan will take home a marquee prize. To be eligible for the “Attend & Win” prizes, fans must stay through the entire match.

Desiree Elliott will continue LSU’s legacy of serving the community. She is teaming up with St. Vincent de Paul and Bishop Ott Shelter Program for her season-long senior class philanthropy project. The Tigers will be collecting items ranging from children’s clothes and shoes along with baby supplies and toys at every home match as part of the “Geaux Kids” initiative. Fans will be able to donate items inside the “Geaux Kids” boxes located at the Tiger Fan Zone.

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