KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee volleyball senior Leslie Cikra has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after an impressive outing at last week’s SpringHill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational at the University of Maryland. The weekly honor is the first of Cikra’s career.
The 6-foot-4 right side hitter was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after leading the No. 16 Lady Vols (7-2) to a perfect 3-0 weekend and tournament title with consecutive sweeps of George Washington, Boston College and Maryland.
Playing all nine sets, Cikra committed just two errors on 56 attempts and tallied 42 kills for an amazing .714 hitting percentage at the tournament. She averaged 5.11 points, 4.67 kills and 0.78 blocks for the week.
On Friday, she set a new career high with a .765 attacking clip against George Washington, posting 13 kills on 17 attempts with no errors. Cikra and the Lady Vols continued their efficient hitting on Saturday morning against Boston College. UT hit .639 as a team against the Eagles – with Cikra coming in at .692 – to break a single match program record that stood for nearly 32 years. The Big Orange committed just two errors against BC, marking a program best in the rally scoring era.
The Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native continued her dominance in the tournament finale against Maryland, tallying 19 kills – just one shy of her career high – on 26 attempts with only one error for another .692 hitting percentage. The senior also added seven blocks at the tournament.
Entering SEC play, Cikra currently ranks 11th in the league in blocks per set (0.97), 12th in hitting percentage (.345) and points per set (3.73) and 14th in kills per frame (3.14).
It’s the second SEC weekly honor for the Orange & White this season. Junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson earned the same award on Aug. 27.
The Lady Vols begin their SEC title defense on Wednesday night when they travel to Columbia, Mo., for an 8 p.m. ET matchup against one of the league’s newest members, the Missouri Tigers. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.com.