Sydney Deeken earns Freshman of the Week honors in the SEC

Outside hitter Sydney Deeken winds up as she serves. Deeken got her second career start today, and had seven kills on a .143 hitting percentage, as well racking up three block assists.

Outside hitter Sydney Deeken winds up as she serves. Deeken got her second career start today, and had seven kills on a .143 hitting percentage, as well racking up three block assists in route to earning SEC Freshman of the week honors.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Missouri outside hitter Sydney Deeken was named SEC Freshman of the Week, following strong outings last weekend against Mississippi State and Tennessee, where she had her first career starts.

Against Mississippi State she had 10 kills on a .368 hitting percentage, along with nine digs. Deeken nailed two service aces during the Tennessee match, and finished the game with seven kills and three total blocks.

Deeken had an average of 2.83 kills and 3.42 points last weekend. She made her college debut against UNC Greensboro on Sept. 20, after missing the beginning of the season due to an abdominal strain.

This is the first time this season that a Missouri player earned SEC distinctions. The last time a Tiger received the Freshman of the Week award was Carly Kan on Oct. 14 of last season.

Alabama right side hitter Krystal Rivers earned the Offensive Player of the Week award. Rivers averaged a .400 hitting, and garnered 48 kills, 22 digs and seven total blocks for the week. The Defensive Player of the Week award went to Florida defensive specialist/libero Holly Pole. Pole’s digs average ranks third in the conference, and had 4.33 digs per set in the Gators’ first two wins in the SEC.

The Tigers will play at Ole Miss 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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