SEC Player of the Week – Reagan Rutherford, Kentucky
SEC Offensive Player of the Week – Kentucky’s Reagan Rutherford, an outsider from Missouri City, Texas, was named the Hilton Omaha Bluejay Invitational’s MVP of 2022 after averaging 5.95 points and 5.00 kills per set and hitting the .473 mark when the Wildcats won 3-0 in the tournament, including a pair of wins over ranked teams. Against Creighton No. 17, Rutherford achieved a career-high 25 kills along with 11 digging for her first college double. She has 11+ kills in each weekend’s game, including 14 against 25 Southern California. During the week, Rutherford registered 20 digs, 9 blocks, 5 aces and 3 assists.
SEC Co-Defense Player of the Week – Eleanor Beavin of Kentucky, a second-year libero from Louisville, Ky., averaged 4.90 digs per set in three wins at the Hilton Omaha Bluejay Invitational 2022 as Great Britain held off opponents by just 0.176 hits at the end. week. Beavin had the highest 19 encounters of the season compared to the No. 17 Creighton. She had at least three assists in every game, including seven against 25 USC.
Mississippi State’s Lilly Gunter, a junior defense specialist from Oviedo, Fla., averaged 5.18 digs per set in three wins for the Bulldogs at the LUV Invitational. Gunter has scored 57 digs in the league, including a season-high 24 digs against Oklahoma on Saturday. During the week, she also has 14 assists and three aces.
SEC Maker of the Week – Kentucky’s Emma Grome, a sophomore from Loveland, Ohio, helped her team to three wins at the 2022 Hilton Omaha Bluejay Invitational with 11.90 assists per set and led the UK with percentage hit team .418. Grome had 35 assists per game, including a performance of 48 assists against 17 Creighton to beat the Bluejays for the first time since 2015. She also cemented her career. with three goals against Northern Iowa to kick off the tournament Friday night as part of a four-man weekend.
SEC freshman of the week – Texas A&M’s Logan Lednicky, an opposing hitman from Sugar Land, Texas, was named to the Fort All-Powerful Tournament Battle Team after 4.65 points and 4.10 lives per set in three victory for the Aggies. Against host TCU, Lednicky hit a career high of 23 kills and hit rate of 0.395 along with five digs and two blocks for the match. At the end of the week, she had 17 digs, 8 blocks, two assists and an ace.