Volleyball Garners Three All-SEC Honors

by Chelsey Chamberlain | Assistant Communications Director
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Volleyball Garners Three All-SEC Honors

BATON ROUGE – Three LSU volleyball players picked up All-SEC honors Sunday afternoon as announced by the league office. Taylor Bannister was named to the All-SEC team, while Samarah Hill and Karli Rose garner SEC All-Freshman honors. 

This is Bannister’s third-straight All-SEC honor as she was named to the All-SEC team in 2017 and 2018. The All-Freshman accolades are the 13th and 14th in program history.  

Bannister led the Tigers a total of 438 kills on the year, averaging 4.29 kills per set. In conference action, she led the whole league with 4.82 kills per set. She finished second in points per set at 5.51. Bannister had a total of six double-doubles on the year and finished the three-set win over Auburn on Nov. 17 with 26 kills, tied for most kills in a three set match. She finished all but three matches in double-digit kills with a season-high of 29 in five sets at Georgia. She put together a career-high 16 digs to go along with 25 kills against Mississippi State on Nov. 3.

Hill was second on the team in kills in conference play with 174 kills, averaging 2.68 per set. She had 11 aces in conference action and finished with 164 digs, averaging 2.52 per set. Hill’s best match of the year came against Texas A&M on Nov. 10, finishing with a career-high of 20 kills and nine digs. She finished with four double-doubles on the year with a career-high of 18 against nationally-ranked Florida. On the season, Hill tallied 262 kills, averaging 2.59 per set and 243 digs, averaging 2.41 per set.

Rose started every match at setter and averaged 9.52 assists on the year, totaling 962. In conference action, she ranked fifth in the league with 10.19 assists per set. She led the squad to eight matches of a .250 hitting percentage or higher. Rose finished with nine double-doubles, five coming in SEC matches. She had a career-high of 55 assists and 11 digs at Tennessee on Oct. 10. She was one kill short of a triple double-double against Iowa State as she finished with 32 assists, a career-high 24 digs and nine kills.

The Tigers finished the 2019 season with a 15-13 record and a seventh place finish in the SEC with a 9-9 mark.

All-SEC Team

Thayer Hall

Florida

Paige Hammons

Florida

Rachael Kramer

Florida

Meghan Donovan

Georgia

Kacie Evans

Georgia

Gabby Curry

Kentucky

Leah Edmond

Kentucky

Madison Lilley

Kentucky

Alli Stumler

Kentucky

Taylor Bannister

LSU

Kylie Deberg

Missouri

Andrea Fuentes

Missouri

Tyanna Omazic

Missouri

Mikayla Robinson

South Carolina

Mikayla Shields

South Carolina

Tessa Grubbs

Tennessee

Camille Conner

Texas A&M

Hollann Hans

Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team

Alyiah Wells

Alabama

Jillian Gillen

Arkansas

Kacie Evans

Georgia

Samarah Hill

LSU

Karli Rose

LSU

Lauren Davis

Texas A&M

Treyaunna Rush

Texas A&M

Player of the Year:                          Leah Edmond, Kentucky

Libero of the Year:                          Gabby Curry, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year:                   Kacie Evans, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:        Rachael Kramer, Florida

Coach of the Year:                           Laura “Bird” Kuhn, Texas A&M

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