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Two-Minute Drill: Laney Malloy Named National Player of the Week

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SEMO Volleyball Senior Laney Malloywas named the Division I National Player of the Week this week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

"This is a remarkable honor for Laney," head coach Julie Yankus said of Malloy. "She is a wonderful teammate, captain, and player for this program. It is an honor to coach her. Laney is one of those rare six rotation outsides who can do it all. She passes in almost every rotation, plays some great defense, and terminates efficiently. Laney is so fun to watch compete and you can see her love for the game as she plays. I am so proud of her."

Malloy, this week's Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, helped SEMO secure the 2021 Redhawks Invitational Championship with a trio of victories over Tulsa (Sept. 17), Southern Illinois (Sept. 17) and Central Arkansas (Sept. 18).

Malloy, a three-time All-OVC player, led the SEMO offense this past weekend with 45 kills (4.50 kills/set) on a .441 hitting clip and 20 digs to earn 2021 Redhawks Invitational MVP.

Malloy opened the tournament with 23 kills and 10 digs against Tulsa on Sept. 17.

The Roselle, Illinois, native, concluded the Invitational with 11 kills and five digs against both Southern Illinois (9/17) and Central Arkansas (9/18).

She hit over .357 in all three matches including a stellar .526 in the sweep of regional rival SIU.

Malloy also finished the week with six aces and four assists, totaling 51.0 points.

Malloy is only the second player ever from Southeast Missouri to earn Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, and the first since 2005.

SEMO, which is off the an impressive 9-3 start to the season, hits the road for its 2021 OVC opening series at Tennessee State Friday and Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

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