“It is only fitting that Roxanne and Kimmy finish the year with another first in Mississippi State volleyball,” fifth-year Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Their desire to improve and help build this program is remarkable and vital to our success. While both of them are extremely talented, I feel like this recognition speaks to their complete work as a student-athlete because both are great teammates, students and individuals.”
McVey never missed a beat after breaking the SEC record for digs per set (5.64) during her freshman campaign. In fact, she tied her own record again this season and ranks sixth-nationally.
The Magnolia, Texas, native finished the season with an MSU single-season record 632 digs, once again breaking her own school record of 558 digs. McVey also ranks eighth all-time in Bulldog laurels with 1,190 career digs. On her current pace, she will break the school record for career digs midway through her junior year.
McVey earned SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 18 after posting an astounding 7.57 digs per set again then-No. 17 Kentucky and Georgia. Her 53 digs that weekend would only be out-done by a 55-dig weekend against Alabama and Tennessee to conclude the season.
Gardiner turned in 399 kills on the season to go along with a .244 hitting percentage, 247 digs, 44 blocks, 26 assists, 24 service aces and 445.0 points.
She was twice named SEC Freshman of the Week during year. Her first selection came just one weekend into her career when she earned Maroon Classic All-Tournament team honors by tallying 64 kills, 52 digs and five blocks in the four-match tournament. Gardiner’s second selection came after turning in 32 kills, 18 digs, four aces and three blocks against then 15th-ranked Kentucky and Georgia.
The opposite from Grapevine, Texas, finished the season leading all SEC non-seniors with 4.03 kills per set, which was third-best overall. She also led all underclassmen with 4.49 points per set and was fourth overall in the category. Gardiner turned in 10 double-doubles on the season, good enough for sixth-most among NCAA rookies.
Gardiner was also named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.