The hardware keeps piling up for Kentucky Volleyball star Madison Lilley. Already an NCAA champion, the NCAA Most Outstanding Player and the SEC Player of the Year, among many other honors, Lilley can now add SEC Female Athlete of the Year to her list of accomplishments.
The Southeastern Conference named Lilley and Alabama wide receiver/Heisman-winner DeVonta Smith the recipients of the 2020-2021 Roy F. Kramer Award for SEC Female and Male Athletes of the Year. An honor decided by the league’s athletic directors, commissioner Greg Sankey announced the news on Wednesday.
“We are proud to honor DeVonta and Madison, who not only excelled in the SEC but were also recognized as the best in their sport across the country. They are the ultimate examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference,” said Sankey. “DeVonta and Madison both were members of national championship teams and recipients of their sport’s national player of the year award. Each has competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics, benefitted from the world-class support provided by their universities and, through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence, have reached the pinnacle of collegiate athletic success. Congratulations to DeVonta and Madison and thank you for being part of the SEC!”
Lilley is Kentucky’s eighth SEC Athlete of the Year, joining past winners A.J. Reed (baseball, 2014), Anthony Davis (basketball, 2012), Tim Couch (football, 1999), Jenny Hansen (gymnastics, 1995), Jamal Mashburn (basketball, 1993), Kyle Macy (basketball, 1979) and Goose Givens (basketball, 1977).
Still not done, you can help her win this year’s ESPY for Best Female College Athlete by voting below. She’s currently in third and voting ends Friday, so get to it.
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