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VB: Taelor Kellum earns third SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor

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They say good things come in threes and now it’s Taelor Kellum‘s turn to feel it. After a week full of career-highs, Kellum is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, though this time she does share the honor with Arkansas’ Okiana Valle.

Over the weekend, Kellum threw down 25 blocks in two matches, including a career-high 13 against Missouri. Kellum is now second in program history for single match blocks, trailing only Rhamat Alhassan‘s 14 in a 2015 performance.

Kellum also contributed to the Gators breaking their own record for most blocks in a match (23.5). Florida had broken this record just a week before, in a 23 block showing against Ole Miss. Before that, 21.5 blocks in a 1999 match against Penn State took the first spot.

Per the SEC Press Release:

SEC Co-Defensive Players of the Week – Arkansas’ Okiana Valle averaged 7.57 digs per set this past week for the Razorbacks. She recorded 26 digs against South Carolina and 27 against Alabama.

Florida’s Taelor Kellum averaged 2.78 blocks per set this past weekend for the Gators. She registered a career-high 13 total blocks against Missouri on Sunday.

The Tennessee native ranks fourth overall in the league in blocks per set (1.21) and fifth in hitting percentage (.361). In SEC play, she is faring even better, sitting second in both blocks per set (1.44) and hitting percentage (.383).

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