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Kentucky’s Madison Lilley Wins 2021 Honda Award for Volleyball
May 11, 2021
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College of Kentucky Volleyball
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior setter Madison Lilley has received the 2021 Honda Award for the game of volleyball, Chris Voelz, Government Director of THE Collegiate Ladies Sports activities Awards (CWSA) introduced Tuesday night.
She turns into the first-ever Kentucky student-athlete to win the award for many excellent participant in a sport, and UK’s second-ever Honda Award winner (Arin Gilliland, 2014, Inspiration Award).
The Honda Sport Award has been introduced yearly by the CWSA for the previous 45 years to the highest ladies athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports activities and signifies “the most effective of the most effective in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the game award turns into a finalist for the Collegiate Lady Athlete of the 12 months and the celebrated 2021 Honda Cup which will likely be introduced on a telecast on CBS Sports activities Community, on June twenty eighth, at 9 pm ET.
Lilley was chosen by a vote of directors from over 1,000 NCAA member colleges. Finalists included Logan Eggleston (Texas), Dana Rettke (Wisconsin) and Stephanie Samedy (Minnesota).
Lilley, an Overland Park, Kansas native, received the 2020 Southeastern Convention Participant of the 12 months award, American Volleyball Coaches’ Affiliation award, and was named the Most Excellent Participant of the NCAA Event.
Lilley helped Kentucky seize its first NCAA nationwide championship with 53 assists, and a career-high 19 digs. Through the match, Lilley averaged 13.8 assists per set, had six aces in UK’s 5 matches, and was second on the group with 3.35 digs per set. Lilley helped UK hit above .300 in all 5 matches within the Omaha bubble and put the cap on one of the vital spectacular particular person seasons in NCAA Volleyball historical past.
“I first need to begin off by thanking the CWSA for honoring me and for his or her push to make ladies’s school athletics on the forefront of their mission. I’ve to begin off by thanking UK Athletics for giving me the sources to compete on the highest degree. The various set of tradition, mindsets and experiences at Kentucky have given me the chance to actually perceive what it takes to win championships at this degree. I really feel empowered, but in addition motivated to proceed pushing and advocating for ladies’s collegiate athletics. As referenced by the a whole bunch of 1000’s of those that watched the 2020 Volleyball Championship, this solely motivates me much more to proceed to drive dwelling that ladies’s sports activities are worthy of time and investments by all entities. I’ll proceed to zealously push arduous for the game of volleyball to develop to unpresented heights and take our recreation, and ladies’s athletics as a complete, to the subsequent degree.” – Madison Lilley
“I could not be happier for Madison. She has achieved a lot throughout her profession and particularly this magical season ending with participant of the yr honors and the Nationwide Championship. To cap it off with the Honda award is wonderful and all of us right here at Kentucky are so pleased with the best way she has represented UK, Lexington, and the state.” – Craig Skinner, Kentucky Head Volleyball Coach
“College of Kentucky Athletics is extraordinarily proud to have one other winner of a Honda Award, one of the vital prestigious and cherished honors in collegiate athletics. Madison Lilley is deserving of this distinction in some ways. Her efficiency on the court docket speaks for itself. As well as, the best way Madison leads — with unyielding dedication to make her teammates their best possible – alongside along with her indomitable will to win, mix to make her worthy of this recognition.” – Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky AD