Skinner Named AVCA National Coach of the Year, Lilley Named AVCA National Player of the Year

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Skinner Named AVCA National Coach of the Year, Lilley Named AVCA National Player of the Year

Senior Madison Lilley (3) participates in Senior Day festivities prior to the Senior Day match against Ole Miss on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the match 3-1. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

The postseason accolades are already rolling in for Kentucky Volleyball, as head coach Craig Skinner was named AVCA National Coach of the Year and senior setter Madison Lilley was named AVCA National Player of the Year.

Skinner has solidified himself as one of the elite coaches in college volleyball. The school’s all-time winningest coach has transformed the UK program into a potential title winner this season. He was also named SEC Coach of the Year by the conference coaches and AVCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.

During Skinner’s 16-year tenure, 23 Wildcats have been named to either the first, second or third team All-America. They’ve now won four straight SEC championships and earned their first final four trip in program history.

For senior setter Madison Lilley, her honor comes at no surprise either. The school’s all-time leader in assists had an SEC-high 12.1 assists per game this season. She was also named SEC Player of the Week four times along with conference player of the year.

The award is not even her first national one, as she has been named an AVCA All-American in all four seasons as a Wildcat.

Led by these two program-changers, Kentucky takes on Washington at 7 p.m. on ESPN for a chance to play in the national championship.

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