FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Living up to her all-preseason conference nod, redshirt senior Pilar Victoria has earned a spot on the All-SEC Team for the second time in her Razorback career. As voted on by the head coaches, All-SEC honors were announced Wednesday morning by the league office. Victoria becomes the 17th player in program history with multiple all-conference career accolades.
Entering the final week of the conference season, Victoria leads the league with 4.85 kills per set and 5.55 points per set in SEC play. She has recorded double-digit kills in 15 of 16 conference matches with eight of her 15 20-kill performances this season coming against conference opponents including a 30-kill showing against Florida (Sept. 24).
Playing in all six rotations, Victoria has posted seven of her 14 double-doubles this season during league play. In a five-set road win at Ole Miss, she tallied 26 kills and 20 digs to become the first Razorback since 2010 with a 20-20 outing and the 14th to accomplish the feat in program history. In addition to her offensive output, Victoria is averaging 2.62 digs per set and is seventh in the SEC with 0.31 service aces per set.
With two SEC matches remaining, the Caguas, Puerto Rico, native has registered 315 kills, 170 digs, 43.0 total blocks and 20 aces against conference opposition. With her 16th of 27 kills at Georgia (Oct. 25), Victoria became the 16th Razorback to reach 1,000 career kills. Coupled with her 2015 totals, she currently has 656 kills while averaging 4.82 kills per set against SEC teams in her career.
The Razorbacks carry an 18-10 record and 8-8 SEC mark into Wednesday’s match against sixth-ranked Kentucky which is also the No. 1 team in the latest RPI release. First serve between Arkansas and Kentucky is 7 p.m. (CT) at Barnhill Arena. Victoria, Krista Kolbinskie and Kori Ortiz will be celebrated for Senior Day prior to Saturday’s regular-season finale against Auburn.
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