National Honor

In addition to being named the best player over the past week in the Southeastern Conference, Alabama volleyball star Crystal Hudson added some more honors to her credit by being named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week for her performance for the week of October 9-15.

"Crystal just had a phenomenal weekend," Alabama Head Coach Judy Green said. "She was one of the most dominant players on the court against two great teams. Crystal was also able to have a great weekend because her teammates were successful. Our setter, Brigitte Slack did a great job as well and Crystal benefited from that."

Hudson, a junior from Hueytown, has had a breakout season for the Tide, leading the team and ranking fifth in the SEC in hitting percentage by converting 39 percent of her attack attempts this season.

This past weekend, Hudson helped the Tide earn victories over Kentucky and No. 18 Tennessee. She was virtually unstoppable against the Wildcats, slamming 14 kills on 17 attempts with no attack errors, finishing with a .824 hitting percentage for the match.

Hudson pounded 22 kills in Alabama's win over the 18th-ranked Lady Vols, the team's second victory over a ranked opponent in as many weeks.

The 6-1 middle blocker finished the weekend with 36 kills, an average of 5.14 per game, while hitting 56.6 percent in the two Tide victories. She added seven total blocks and a pair of digs.

Hudson becomes the first Alabama player in program history to earn National Player of the Week accolades.

"This is the first time our team has ever had this honor," Green said. "This is just another compliment to our program and a tremendous honor for Alabama volleyball.

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