UK'S Leah Edmond named athlete of the week

Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 5:01 PM EST
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The confetti fell on Kentucky's regular season with the Wildcats completing an undefeated run through SEC play and being crowned SEC champions for the second straight season. Now the Wildcats turn their attention to a postseason tournament run, and the formula is simple.

"Keeping the same focus we have been for the past couple of weeks and the whole season, getting better and getting ready for this team because the tournament is a whole new season," said junior Leah Edmond. "It's another chance and a clean slate to get to play and show people what we're about."

Junior outside hitter Leah Edmond has been the centerpiece to UK's success and current 21-match winning streak, earning her the honor of SEC Player of the Year. She learned the news on Sunday.

"I had no clue, said Edmond. "I was sitting there doing homework and all of the sudden my phone started blowing up, and I was like what is going on, and I saw. I'm very humbled and blessed to be able to get that, and I wouldn't have been able to get that without my team."

This season Edmond became UK's all-time kills leader in the 25-point rally-scoring era. She's a special talent athletically.

"Well athletically, Leah is (special), not many athletes touch 10-7, 10-8 so having the gifts of being able to do that is you have to start there," said UK head coach Craig Skinner.

Also what makes her successful, is her competitive spirit.

"Leah, along with others on our team really thrive at the moment," said Skinner. "The moment being hey it's 23-all give me the ball I want to put it away for us. When you're around competitors like that it helps make others around them better."