Knytych is SEC VB player of week

Sophomore Julie Knytych, a 5-9 setter for the University of Tennessee volleyball team, has been selected the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. At the Blue Demon Invitational in Chicago last week, Knytych earned Tournament MVP honors en route to leading UT to a flawless 3-0 record against IUPUI, Miami (Ohio) and host DePaul.

''Julie is very deserving of this award,'' UT Head Coach Rob Patrick said. ''She has been playing at a very high level this entire season. It's great to see how all the hard work she put in during the off-season is paying off.''

A native of Chicago suburb LaGrange Park, Ill., Knytych enjoyed a stellar return to her hometown by posting averages of 13.30 assists per game, 2.80 digs per game, 1.40 kills per game and a .393 hitting percentage during the tournament. In Tennessee's 3-1 win over IUPUI, Knytych dished out a career-high 62 assists. In addition, her accurate setting helped UT achieve a team hitting percentage of .370 during the three matches.

On the season, Knytych is averaging 11.89 assists per game, 2.93 digs per game, 1.41 kills per game and a .279 hitting percentage. As a team, the Lady Vols are hitting at a .286 clip this season, which would equal the program record that was established in 1980.

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