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Kendal Kemp (8) during the match between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022.
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Kendal Kemp (8) during the match between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Oct 8, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

Kemp sets program record, named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

AUBURN, Ala. – Kendal Kemp continues to dominate the volleyball landscape this year. The freshman captured SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a memorable performance that saw her set the record for most blocks in a single season in program history.

On the back of a career night that saw Kemp tally 11 kills and nine blocks, she set the record for most blocks in a single season, which now stands at 144. 

"Just a special player and a special blocker. I want to celebrate this moment with her but I also know that she can break her own record next year. There's so much room for her to grow in that area. It sounds crazy to say but it's true. I'm really proud of her and it was cool to see her and the team celebrating it when we told her the news,” Auburn head coach Brent Crouch said after the match.

The award gives Kemp her third weekly recognition of the year, which adds onto an already program record this year of nine weekly awards claimed by the Tigers. Last week Kemp was named SEC Freshman Player of the week for her performances in a sweep against Texas A&M that saw her log 18 kills and 12 blocks between the two matches. 

The Minnesota native is currently ranked 12th in the nation for blocks per set at 1.43. With three matches to go Kemp will attempt to keep that average as it would set yet another program record.

Auburn will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to face the Gamecocks on November 23. Kemp will lead the Tigers back onto the floor at Neville Arena on November 25 and 26 for the final two matches of the season against Arkansas. 

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