UF’s Alhassan named SEC Player of Year; Five Gators earn All-SEC honors

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Florida middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan
Florida middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan spikes the ball for a point during a match against Kentucky last year. Alhassan, a senior, is a three-time AVCA All-American. [File]

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Rhamat Alhassan was named SEC Player of the Year, joining five Gators in receiving All-SEC honors Wednesday.

Alhassan is the 13th Gator to win the league’s top individual honor, and it marks the 19th time in history a Gator earned the award. She is also sixth woman in league history to win the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year awards during their collegiate career. Four of the other five were also Gators (Kelly Murphy, Angie McGinnis, Aury Cruz, Nina Foster).

Head coach Mary Wise, now in her 27th year with the Gators, and Kentucky’s Craig Skinner were named SEC Co-Coaches of the Year. It is the 15th such award of Wise’s career.

 Alhassan earned her fourth All-SEC honor, while senior outside hitter Carli Snyder and senior libero Caroline Knop nabbed All-SEC accolades for a second consecutive season. Fifth-year senior right side Shainah Joseph and sophomore middle blocker Rachael Kramer, an SEC All-Freshman selection last season, both earned their first All-SEC plaudits.

 

2017 ALL-SEC AWARDS |

Player of the Year:

Rhamat Alhassan, Florida

Libero of the Year:

Ashley Dusek, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year:

Madison Lilley, Kentucky

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:

Macy Reece, Auburn

Co-Coaches of the Year:

Mary Wise, Florida; Craig Skinner, Kentucky

 

2017 All-SEC Team

Pilar Victoria

Arkansas

Jesse Earl

Auburn

Alexa Filley

Auburn

Rhamat Alhassan

Florida

Shainah Joseph

Florida

Caroline Knop

Florida

Rachael Kramer

Florida

Carli Snyder

Florida

T’ara Ceasar

Kaz Brown

Georgia

Kentucky

Ashley Dusek

Kentucky

Leah Edmond

Emily Franklin

Madison Lilley

Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky

Taylor Bannister

LSU

Kira Larson

Missouri

Alyssa Munlyn

Missouri

Mikayla Shields

South Carolina

1 COMMENT

  1. not that she isn’t that good, but this team is so good it’s hard to believe that they could pick one player over another. rhamat alhassan probably deserved this award more her freshman year. this year’s team is so talented

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