Razorback Emily Helm and Missouri's Molly Kreklow win SEC Volleyball awards

From the Southeastern Conference

SEC VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Sept. 2 – Sept. 8)

SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Molly Kreklow

Setter, Missouri

6-0  • Sr. •  Delano, Minn.

• Guided Missouri to a 4-0 week; the Tigers hit .351 as a team and averaged nearly 15 kills per set at 14.92

• Named Yale Invitational MVP; helped Mizzou pick up three wins against teams that won their conference in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament

• Averaged 12.38 assists and 2.38 digs per set last week to go along with a .375 attack percentage

• Helped the Tigers improve to 8-0, its best start since 2005

SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Emily Helm

Libero, Arkansas

5-6  • Sr. • Queen Creek, Ariz.

• Paced Arkansas' defense behind the block against Oklahoma and Kansas, a pair of teams receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll

• Equaled her career best with a match-high 27 digs in the first of two five setters against Kansas

• Tallied 69 digs over three matches, good for 5.31 digs per set

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Briana Holman

Middle Blocker, LSU

6-0  • DeSoto, Texas

• Named Rice Invitational Tournament MVP

• Averaged 3.90 kills and 1.50 blocks per set with a .508 hitting percentage playing in only three rotations

• Posted a double-double of 15 kills and an SEC-high 10 blocks vs. Rice

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

·         • Allie Sawatzky (S, Texas A&M) – Recorded the team's first triple-double of the season and the third of her career (10 kills, 48 assists and a career-high 16 digs) against UTSA

·         • Simone Antwi (MB, Florida) – Had career day against No. 2 Stanford, hitting .706 for 13 kills in Florida's upset victory

• Meredith Hays (OH, Arkansas) – Registered 22 kills and nine assists in a five-set win at Kansas

• Morgan Bergren (S, Kentucky) – Earned Kentucky Classic All-Tournament team honors; directed the UK offense to 13.5 kills per set and a .223 hitting clip

• Lauren Teknipp (MB, Georgia) – Averaged 3.42 points per game last week; committed just three errors in 37 attempts

• Ellen Mullins (L, Tennessee) – Named MVP of the Country Inn & Suites Invitational; scooped 98 digs over the weekend (7.00 dps average)

• Nakeyta Clair (MB, Ole Miss) – Earned Magnolia Invitational All-Team honors; posted nine block assists vs. Arkansas State, tying the single-match program record

• Taylor Unroe (L, Florida) – Averaged 4.50 digs and 0.90 assists per set last week; had a season-high five assists against No. 2 Stanford

• Kelsey Kinley (L, Texas A&M) – Posted double figures in digs in all three matches for TA&M; led the Aggies with 4.45 digs per set last week

• Sarah Meister (L, Missouri) – Converted 72 of her 76 service receptions; averaged 4.00 digs per set in an undefeated week for Mizzou

• Jackie Napper (L, Kentucky) – Named MVP of the Kentucky Classic; averaged 3.91 digs and 1.64 assists per set last week

• Roxanne McVey (L, Mississippi State) – Tallied 25 digs in a five-set loss to Tulsa at the Baylor Classic

• Haley Smith (L, LSU) – Took over the libero position in LSU's last two matches at the Rice Invitational; averaged 4.40 digs per set which included a career-best 24 scoops vs. Rice

• Kimmy Gardiner (OPP, Mississippi State) – Tallied a career-high 20 kills to go along with 14 digs in a four-set loss to Baylor

• Jamie Lea (OH, Tennessee) – Averaged 4.79 kills, 1.36 digs and 0.93 blocks per set in a 4-0 week for UT

• Krystal Rivers (MB, Alabama) – Recorded a career-high 21 kills with a .731 hitting-percentage against UNC-Wilmington

• Cati Leak (OH, LSU) – Paced LSU's offense with 4.67 kills per set and is tied for the SEC lead with four double-doubles

• Carly Kan (OH, Missouri) – Tallied 16 kills on .424 hitting while converting 17 of her 18 service receptions in a four-set win at Yale

• Anni Thomasson (OH, Kentucky) – Had a career-high 12 kills on a .435 hitting-clip vs. Liberty; ranked third on the squad with 2.18 digs per set

• Tirah Le'au (OH, Georgia) – Tied for the team-high in blocks with five; had seven kills, four blocks and three digs vs. No. 13 Nebraska

• Sarah Wroblicky (L, Auburn) –  Named to the Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team; had 15 digs, six assists and two service aces in four-set win over Troy

• Stephanie Campbell (MB, Auburn) – Assisted on 10 blocks over the weekend, including a season-high five in the win over Troy