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Volleyball's Rumely Named SEC Women's Legend

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

Written by Deb Moore of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer, former All-America star volleyball player and current LSU assistant volleyball coach Sarah Rumely will represent the Wildcats and Tigers as a member of the 2019 Southeastern Conference Women’s Legends Class. Rumely will be honored at the 2019 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 6-10 in Greenville, South Carolina. Rumely is the first Kentucky volleyball player to earn the honor and the eighth volleyball player in the SEC. 

“I am extremely honored to be named an SEC Legend," Rumely said. "I love both the SEC and Kentucky Volleyball and getting to represent them both is humbling. I am so thankful for my time competing in Lexington and in the SEC, and I can’t thank Craig Skinner enough for believing in me and letting me be a part of what Kentucky Volleyball is and has become.  The SEC truly just means more.”

The SEC showcases former student-athletes, coaches and administrators from all 14 member SEC institutions each year at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Each legend will be honored during halftime of their team’s first game of the tournament and all 14 individuals will be honored as a group.

Rumely was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 after a decorated four-year career from 2006-09. One of the first recruits of head coach Craig Skinner, Rumely was a four-year starter at setter for the Wildcats and helped UK become one of the most prominent programs in the country over the last decade.  

"We are excited for Sarah to be honored as an SEC Legend," said head LSU coach Fran Flory. "Her playing career certainly was one of the best at the University of Kentucky and in the SEC. Having her continue that legacy as a member of our staff and share her passion for the sport is special. She is an SEC Legend, but more importantly she is an outstanding leader and role model for the student athletes in our program."

At the conclusion of her career, Rumely was the only player in program history to earn SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) honors.  She was a two-time AVCA All-America selection, a four-time All-SEC player and a third-team Academic All-American as a senior.

She directed the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2009. She capped her career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165). Her 5,703 assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history.

Furthermore, Rumely ended her career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (third), block assists (ninth), digs and attack percentage (10th) and she is the only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss).

At the conclusion of her career, she played professionally in the top professional division in France, Ligue A, as the starting setter for Nantes Volley Feminin. She then entered the coaching ranks where she’s served as an assistant coach at North Texas (2011-12), Wake Forest (2013-15), Arkansas (2015-16) and LSU (2017-present).

Rumely joined the Tigers in 2017 and has continued to mentor the setters on the squad, as well as direct the offense. Rumely help guide the 2017 team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2014 season. She trained sophomore Anna Zwiebel to a SEC Co-Setter of the Week honor in 2017, which was the first SEC Setter of the Week honor in program history since the award was added in 2015. 

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