Oct. 28, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Weekly awards are becoming a recurring theme for the 25-0 and 11th-ranked Mizzou volleyball team and freshman Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) continued that trend on Monday (Oct. 28) when she was named SEC Player of the Week, as announced by the league office. This is the fourth week in a row that Mizzou has earned an SEC weekly honor and the third time in those four weeks that they have taken home Player of the Week honors. This is Kan's second SEC conference honor this season as she was also named SEC Freshman of the Week on Oct. 14.
"Well I am really excited about this and it is great that people are starting to recognize what we are doing as a team," Kan said. "But all of these awards that we are getting haven't changed our focus - we still have a lot of goals that we want to achieve this season. Last week was great because we got two wins on the road against two pretty good teams and I just try to do my part every match. We have so many good hitters that my job is really easy. On any given night, any one of our hitters can have a night like I had at LSU, and that is what has made us successful so far."
Kan is the second Mizzou player in as many weeks to earn SEC Player of the Week after senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) earned the distinction last Monday. She is also the third to do so this month after senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) did so on Oct. 7.
The Flyin' Hawaiian was sensational last weekend as she averaged 5.64 points per set, 5.14 kills per set on .384 hitting and 3.57 digs per set in a pair of road wins at Texas A&M and LSU, teams that were picked to finish atop the SEC West this season. Kan had a career night at LSU on Friday, resetting career-highs in kills (24), points (26.0), digs (17) and blocks (four) in a four-set win. Her 26.0 points are the most by any SEC player in an SEC match this season. She hit .400 against LSU, needing just 50 swings to tally her 24 kills.
Kan came back and was very good in a three-set sweep of Texas A&M on Sunday, posting 12 kills on .348 hitting with eight digs. Her 12 kills helped Mizzou post 59 kills in the match, the most by any SEC team in a three-set match this season.
Kan and the Tigers will host Ole Miss Friday at 6:30 p.m. inside the Hearnes Center before facing No. 15 Kentucky in a top-15 showdown on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.