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Kerr named to Preseason All-SEC Team by league coaches
Kerr named to Preseason All-SEC Team by league coaches

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – After establishing herself as one of the best setters in the country last season, Caroline Kerr has earned a spot on the 2024 Preseason Volleyball All-SEC Team by the league’s coaches, the conference announced Wednesday.

During the 2023 season, Kerr was named to the All-America Second Team by the AVCA and was selected to the Fourth Team by VolleyballMag.com, joining Julie Knytych (2004-05) and Mary Pollmiller (2011) as the only setters in program history to earn All-America honors. She was also named to the All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman and AVCA All-Region teams and received 11 weekly honors from the league office.

The Champaign, Illinois native ranked third nationally, second in the SEC and was the best player among all NCAA freshmen with 11.75 assists per set. She had 14 assists in 40 points and five assists in 50 points this year. Kerr’s assists per set were the second most in a single season during the 25-point rally era in Tennessee history, while her total assists (1,245) ranked third.

Kerr and the Lady Vols, who were projected to finish fifth in the conference this year, are coming off one of the best seasons in program history: They made the regional semifinals for the first time since 2005, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and secured the program’s best-ever national ranking of No. 10. The Lady Vols posted a 15-3 record in league play, finished second in the SEC, which produced the conference’s highest total last year with eight NCAA Tournament teams, and were ranked ninth in the final AVCA poll.

After Tennessee lost four regular players, including three All-Americans, to graduation, the new squad will be led by Kerr and the experienced middle blocker in the 2024 season. Keondreya Grapeberry. The Lady Vols boast five other returnees who played at least 25 sets last season and two who started games with double-digit scores. UT brought in nine newcomers to replace last year’s performance, including four transfers and five freshmen.

Tennessee recently announced its packed 2024 schedule, which includes 15 NCAA Tournament teams and seven conference champions. The Big Orange will play 13 home games, starting with a game against Penn State on Aug. 30. Season tickets are now available with a new reserved seating option.

By Liam