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SEC Volleyball Player of Year earns honorable mention All-America

Volleyball coaches recognize Alabama’s Krystal Rivers

Alabama senior Krystal Rivers has earned All-America  recognition for the fourth time from the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association. The Southeastern Conference Volleyball Player of the Year is the Crimson Tide’s first performer to be selected to the coaches’ team four times.

Rivers was named an honorable mention All-America this season, marking the third such honor of her career in addition to third team recognition as a sophomore in 2014. The Birmingham Ramsay product also has the most AVCA All-Region honors for any player in program history, earning a spot on the postseason list in each of her four seasons at The Capstone.

This year, Rivers was named SEC Player of the Year, after leading the league in kills (705) and points (803.5). She ended her Alabama career as the program’s all-time leader in kills, moving into first place in the final week of the regular season before finishing with 2,148. She also is the career leader in points (2,506) and ranks among the top five in seven other categories.

 She was also the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in volleyball.

As a team, Alabama finished the 2016 season with a 20-11 record. This marks the third time in the last four seasons the Tide has finished with 20 or more wins, the first such stretch in program history. A sweep over Arkansas on Oct. 21 marked the 50th SEC win for Coach Ed Allen, reaching that mark in his sixth season at the helm, which is faster than any coach at Alabama.

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