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Monday Quickies: Madison Lilley Edition

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In the words of Gabby Curry: it’s a good thing history is written by winners.

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Winning a National Championship takes every single player’s best efforts. We’ve seen that first-hand with other Kentucky Wildcats athletic programs, and the last couple of weeks weren’t any different for the Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball program.

The Lady Wildcats did snow angels in the confetti Saturday night, defeating Texas 3-1 in the Big Game. Though Kentucky received an all-out effort from their veteran squad, the Wildcats’ did indeed have a player that stood out above everyone else across the country.

Madison Lilley, Kentucky senior setter and this season’s SEC player of the year, was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

Sure, her performances this season were absolutely stellar. However, she saved her strongest outing for the Big Game.

Lilley recorded 53 assists on Saturday in addition to her career high 19 digs. She bested her tournament average of 13 assists per set and blew away her average of 3 digs per set. Joining Lilley on the All-Tournament team were Alli Stumler and Avery Skinner. Such an outstanding stretch of five matches for the star senior and of her fellow Lady Wildcats.

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