Sept. 23, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – Alabama redshirt freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers (Birmingham, Ala.) was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Last week Rivers was named the Clemson Classic MVP after averaging 3.92 kills, with a .398 hitting percentage, and 1.31 blocks per set in the tournament.
For the third straight weekend, Rivers was named a tournament MVP after averaging 4.69 points per set in wins over Clemson, Delaware and Troy. The middle blocker had a career-high 25 kills, including six in the fifth set, to lead the Tide to a 3-2 win at Clemson and added seven total blocks, including two solo and five assisted against the Tigers.
In a four-set win over Delaware, Rivers had 13 kills and eight total blocks (1s, 7a) while hitting .391 against the Blue Hens, who finished 2-1 in the tournament. She capped the tournament with a 13-kill performance in a four-set win over Troy, when she hit .500 (13-2/22) against the Trojans.
This season, Rivers leads the team and ranks ninth in the SEC with 3.56 kills per set. She also ranks third in the SEC and eighth in the country with a .453 hitting percentage. Also, she is fifth in the SEC with 4.17 points per set and 20th in the conference with 0.81 blocks per set.
South Carolina’s Juliette Thevenin was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while Florida’s Taylor Unroe was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
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