Emma Grome, Reagan Rutherford Tabbed 2023 AVCA All-America

Emma Grome, Reagan Rutherford Tabbed 2023 AVCA All-America

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Volleyball team placed two of its 2023 players on the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association All-America lists, with Emma Grome earning second-team honors and Reagan Rutherford earning third-team honors.

It marks the second-consecutive season that both Grome and Rutherford have been tabbed AVCA All-America. Additionally, freshman outside hitter Brooklyn DeLeye was named to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention list.

Emma Grome led the NCAA with 12.10 assists per set on the season and helped pace the Kentucky offense to an SEC-leading .285 hitting percentage on the season with six different players averaging over two kills per set, the only team in the league who can say that. Grome also had 1.75 digs per set on the year and tallied her best-career blocking season with 43 stuffs in 2023, for an average of 0.40 per set. Grome was also named All-SEC for the third-straight season, an AVCA All-Region member and was UK’s nominee for SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Grome has been an AVCA Second Team All-American all three of her seasons in the Blue and White.

Reagan Rutherford averaged 3.47 kills per set on the season with a .315 hitting percentage and 1.53 digs per set. Like Grome, she was named to the AVCA All-Region team to qualify for all-America honors, and was voted to the All-SEC team.

The All-America honors are the 53rd and 54th in Kentucky Volleyball history with DeLeye’s honorable mention being the 55th in program annals. It marks the 16th time in UK history that the Wildcats have placed multiple players on the AA teams, and the 13th year in a row.

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