Oct. 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball freshman outside hitter Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday (Oct. 14). The SEC weekly honor marks the first career nod for Kan and it is the second consecutive week that Mizzou has claimed an SEC weekly honor after senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) took home Player of the Week honors last Monday. It is the third time this season that Mizzou has claimed an SEC weekly honor and the first time in school history that a Tiger has been named SEC Freshman of the Week.
"It means a lot for the league to recognize what we are doing as a team right now," Kan said. "It is exciting for me individually to be recognized, but in the end it comes down to what we accomplish as a team. We have so many great hitters that on any given night, it is easy for me or anyone else to get the type of numbers that I had because teams have to account for so many great hitters on our side of the net. This week is going to be tough with Georgia and Florida, so we just need to keep working to get better."
Kan was sensational in three Tiger wins last week as they remain as one of just two unbeaten teams nationally at 21-0, the most wins in the country. The "Flyin' Hawaiian" averaged 4.30 points per set and 3.70 kills per set on .453 hitting last week with just three errors on 75 total attempts. She also added 24 digs, four aces and two assists in the three wins and most importantly she was the Tigers' top passer, converting 69 of her team-high 70 service receptions in the three matches.
She posted her first career double-double with 10 kills (.345 hitting) and 10 digs at Tennessee Friday in a 3-0 sweep and came back with a career-best 19 kills on .471 hitting in Mizzou's 3-1 win over Alabama. She also had a career-best 34 attempts in that match and converted all 28 of her service receptions. The most impressive part of her performance against Alabama was the fact that she tallied 14 of her 19 kills on .458 hitting in the final two sets after Alabama had won the second set to tie the match.
Kan has arguably been the SEC's top six-rotation freshman this season as she ranks sixth in the SEC in hitting (.374) and third among freshman in the league, trailing only Florida's Alex Holston and Alabama's Krystal Rivers. But of those three, Kan is the only player that is a primary passer for their respective teams and the only one to play in all six rotations. She also ranks ninth in the SEC in service aces, 15th in points and 17th in kills all while pulling in 159 digs (2.37 per set) and boasting a .957 serve receive percentage. In SEC play, Kan has converted 143 of her team-high 148 serve receptions (97-percent).
Mizzou hosts Georgia at 6:30 p.m. Friday before hosting second-ranked Florida in what is shaping up to be a huge match at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission to that match is just $1 and it is free with a ticket stub from Mizzou's football game vs. Florida as the Tigers look to `Bust the House' in hopes of setting a new attendance record. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.