Gainesville, FL - Florida juniors Cassandra Anderson (Bakersfield,
Calif.) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) on Monday earned weekly
recognition from the Southeastern Conference for their stellar
performances in a pair of wins against South Carolina and Ole Miss this
past week, the league offices in Birmingham, Ala., announced.
Murphy was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and sixth time in her collegiate career, while Anderson was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career and the first time since Dec. 1, 2008.
The pair helped lead No. 1 Florida to a 3-0 sweep of South Carolina in
Gainesville last Wednesday night before sweeping then-SEC Western
Division leader Ole Miss on Friday night in front of a hostile
environment in Oxford, Miss, to improve its record to 20-1 overall and
13-0 in the Southeastern Conference.
Murphy averaged 3.50 kills per set on a team-high .450 hitting
percentage with a squad-best 0.83 service aces per set this weekend. She tallied a team-high 4.58 points per set and dished out 4.67 assists per set (as part of a 6-2 offensive scheme), helping lead the Gators’
offense to an impressive .344 team hitting efficiency for the two
matches combined. She also added 2.50 digs per set and 0.50 blocks per set over the course of the weekend.
Murphy hit better than .350 in both matches this weekend, including a
.562 clip against Ole Miss on Friday night, which marked the sixth time
this season that she has hit better than .500. Against the Rebels,
Murphy charted her sixth triple-double of the season and her 21st career triple-dip with 10 kills on .562 hitting to go with a team-high 16
assists and a match-high 10 digs for 12.0 total points. She also charted
11 kills on .375 hitting with 12 assists, three service aces, five digs
and three blocks vs. South Carolina.
Murphy, who has recorded eight consecutive double-doubles, is the only player to rank among the SEC’s top-10 in kills per set, service aces
per set and hitting percentage simultaneously. On the season (all
matches combined), Murphy leads the SEC with 0.39 service aces per set, is third in the league with a .382 hitting percentage and ranks eighth
in kills per set with 3.23. In conference matches only, Murphy is
averaging a league-high 0.49 service aces per set and is hitting at an
explosive .416 clip.
Anderson led a powerful Florida blocking brigade last week, averaging a squad-best 1.50 blocks per set. She directed a Gator blocking effort
that out-blocked opponents 18.0-3.0 over the course of the week. Under Anderson’s direction, Florida averaged 3.00 blocks per set over the course of the two matches. Due to Florida’s strong blocking efforts,
the Gators held both of their opponents to under a .100 hitting
efficiency and this week’s opposition hit a combined .062 against
Florida in the two matches.
Anderson charted a match-high six blocks against South Carolina last
Wednesday night, helping the Gators out-block the Gamecocks 9.0-2.0 and limiting South Carolina to just a .057 hitting efficiency. She then
registered three blocks at Ole Miss on Friday night, helping the Gators
limit the Rebels to just a .067 hitting clip for the match.
On the season (all matches combined), Anderson ranks first on her team and third in the SEC in blocks per set with 1.15 and, in conference
matches only, leads the league with an impressive 1.21 blocks per set.
She also averages 1.48 kills per set on a .357 hitting efficiency for
The Gators return to action on Friday, when they travel to Athens, Ga.,
to take on Georgia. Opening serve in the Ramsey Student Center is slated for 7 p.m. ET.
SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (WEEK 10 – NOVEMBER 1, 2010)
Offensive: Kelly Murphy, Florida
Defensive: Cassandra Anderson, Florida
Freshman: Raymariely Santos, Arkansas
SEC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS (AS OF NOV. 1, 2010)
Team Overall SEC
Florida 20-1 13-0
Tennessee 19-5 10-4
Kentucky 7-7 13-11
Georgia 11-14 3-11
South Carolina 5-18 2-11
Team Overall SEC
LSU 21-2 12-2
Ole Miss 17-6 11-3
Auburn 16-10 7-7
Arkansas 12-13 6-8
Mississippi State 11-13 3-10
Alabama 9-14 1-12