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Mizzou Volleyball returns to the NCAA Tournament, collects a handful of SEC awards

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Volleyball Tigers make a triumphant post-season return

Just one year ago, Mizzou Volleyball was slumping to another dreary finish and Joshua Taylor and staff were soon to be shown the door. Dawn Sullivan was yet to move from Las Vegas to Columbia. How quickly things change, right?

On Sunday, Mizzou Volleyball capped a remarkable first year for Sullivan by returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2020 and grabbing a handful of All-SEC awards in the process.

University of Missouri Volleyball Head Coach Dawn Sullivan and sophomore libero Maya Sands were both awarded 2023 SEC Volleyball Awards while three Tiger student-athletes earned All-SEC honors, the league announced Sunday.

Sullivan was named SEC Coach of the Year with Jason Watson of Arkansas, Craig Skinner of Kentucky, and Eve Rackham Watt of Tennessee. Sands was tabbed the 2023 Libero of the Year.

Sands along with rightside hitter Jordan Iliff were selected to the All-SEC Team while setter Sierra Dudley was listed on the seven-member All-Freshman Team.

It’s the first time three players made All-SEC teams since that 2020 season.

Mizzou will start the tournament as an eight-seed in number-one-overall Nebraska’s region and will start off the tournament facing Delaware. Sullivan knows the importance of the moment for the program, yes, but also for the team she assembled to make it happen. In year one of Sullivan’s tenure, the team was full of transfers and few returning members of last year’s squad.

“You put in so much work throughout the whole year, you just get to kind of just enjoy,” Sullivan said. “You obviously gonna keep working, but you get to sit back and just take it in for a moment to just be like, ‘wow.’ This is really special and this is the one time we really get to do it with this group.”

The Tigers journey in the tournament starts on Friday at 4:30 pm in Lincoln.

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