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Ole Miss’ Emily Stroup Named to All-SEC Volleyball Squad

Emily Stroup Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss junior outside hitter Emily Stroup was named to the 2018 All-SEC squad by the league office Sunday afternoon.

The Fargo North Dakota native, finished her junior season with 584 kills, second in the NCAA only to Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson with 770. The total is a single-season kills record, which she surpassed against No. 12 Kentucky, totaling 475 kills at the time and replacing herself from 2017. 

“We are all very proud of Emily,” Ole Miss head coach Steven McRoberts said.  “She deserves this recognition because of the hard work she has put in to be an elite player. Emily had an amazing season and has set the bar really high for herself and any future outside hitter that comes into our program.”

Stroup was named a SEC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season, the first weekly conference award of her career. She set a single-match kills program record three times this season, first tallying 30 against LSU (10/7), then 31 against No. 25 Tennessee (11/2), and then again against LSU four days later (32, 11/7). 

Stroup is the first Rebel to earn All-SEC recognition since middle blocker Nakeyta Claire earned the award in back-to-back seasons (2014, 2015). She also lead the 2018 squad with 31 aces, and registered 334 digs, second-best on the team. 

Stroup was second in the league with 15 double-doubles, after leading the conference for most of the season, and is the only player in the SEC to record at least 20 kills and 20 digs in a match, which she did on back-to-back occasions (10/5, Arkansas/ 10/7, LSU). Stroup had 12 matches this season with 20 or more kills, and three with 30 or better. 

A communication sciences major, Stroup is also a member of the Chancellor’s List and SEC Honor Roll. 


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