Vale Costa, Kuykendall Named All-SEC

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Vale Costa, Kuykendall Named All-SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sophomore Joana Vale Costa was named to the first-team All-SEC and junior Skylar Kuykendall was voted to the second-team ALL-SEC, the league announced Wednesday. 

Vale Costa and Kuykendall became the 14th and 15th LSU players to be named to the team since the awards began in 1982. Vale Costa became the first player to be named to the first-team since 2009 and Kuykendall is the first member of the second-team since 2010.

Vale Costa is ranked 30th in the country. The sophomore heads into postseason play with a 15-9 overall record on court one this season. Vale Costa featured the highest ranked win for an LSU player since 2008 with a victory over No. 7 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt

Kuykendall is ranked 57th in the country and leads the country in wins. The junior is 24-5 on the year and is 12-3 in SEC play on court two.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, along with Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches. Ties were not broken and coaches could not vote for their own nominees.

A complete list of awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
Maya Jansen, Alabama
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Brianna Morgan, Florida
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Joana Vale, Costa LSU
Julia Jones, Ole Miss
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC
Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas
Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Silvia Garcia, Georgia
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Skylar Kuykendall, LSU
Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina
Rutuja Bhosale, Texas A&M
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt
Courtney Colton, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

Player of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Emily Zabor, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Geoff Macdonald, Vanderbilt