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Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Southeastern Conference office announced its end-of-season volleyball awards Tuesday afternoon, and, just like the conference standings, the Gators came out on top.

Leading the team is senior setter Angie McGinnis, who won SEC Player of the Year for the second time in her career.

McGinnis also won the award last season, and this year's trophy will likely join the old one in her house.

"My mom screamed," McGinnis said. "She's the first person I called last year, too.

"We have a hall-of-fame-type-thing in my basement my dad put together when we were growing up. He put last year's trophy up there, so I'm sure (this award) will go right next to that."

McGinnis joins former UF players Aury Cruz, Jane Collymore, Jenny (Manz) Theis and Aycan Gokberk to become the fifth in school history to win the award twice.

This is the 13th year in a row that a UF player earned the leauge's top individual honor.

McGinnis was also named to the All-SEC First Team along with teammates and fellow seniors Marcie Hampton and Amber McCray.

"I was very surprised," McCray said of her honor. "I'm so happy for everybody. … Marcie has definitely had an amazing senior season, Angie has been consistent, amazing as always and Kisya (Killingsworth) has played really well, too."

If not for McGinnis winning two years in a row, Hampton may have been in consideration for the award as well, UF coach Mary Wise said.

"That's a very fair assessment of Marcie's season," Wise said. "Her stats in any other league without a player like Angie McGinnis would be definitely worthy of conference player of the year."

Middle blockers Kelsey Bowers and Killingsworth were named to the All-SEC Second Team.

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They were seventh and eighth in the conference, respectively ,in blocks per game, and Killingsworth was the No. 2 player in hitting percentage, while Bowers was fourth.

Rounding out the player awards was freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers, who was named to the All-Freshman team.

"Each game [Rivers] has just proven that she really fits well with us out there," McCray said. "She has increased her hitting efficiency, she is getting some amazing straight-down kills and also playing well in the back row and serving well, so that is definitely a huge plus for us."

The SEC didn't forget about the coach, either. Along with Mississippi coach Joe Getzin, Wise was named SEC Co-Coach of the year.

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