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Four Earn All-Big 12 Accolades

NORMAN — Oklahoma volleyball’s Alyssa Enneking, Keyton Kinley, Kylee McLaughlin and Paige Anderson have been named to the 2018 All-Big 12 teams, and Kinley and McLaughlin each garnered individual awards, the conference announced Monday.

Kinley was honored as Big 12 Libero of the Year, and McLaughlin was tabbed the league’s Co-Setter of the Year along with Texas Tech’s Missy Owens. Both are the second Sooners in conference history to earn the respective awards.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Kinley led the Big 12 with 541 digs and 5.01 digs per set this season. In conference play, Kinley totaled a league-best 348 digs and 5.61 digs per set. Additionally, she anchored the Sooner defense that held its opponents to a .189 hitting percentage in 2018, ranking first in the conference.

Kinley had double-digit digs in 26 of OU’s 28 matches this season, including 16 showings with at least 20 digs. She joins Anna Monsen (2006) as the only Sooners to earn the conference’s Libero of the Year award.

McLaughlin finished the season with a conference-best 1162 assists, averaging 10.76 assists per set to rank fourth in the Big 12. In conference matches, McLaughlin led the Big 12 with 678 assists, producing a 10.94 assists per set average that ranked second in the league.

The Carrollton, Texas, product had four performances of at least 50 assists, including two with at least 60. She also finished with 14 double-doubles this season and 2.61 digs per set. Additionally, the sophomore powered OU’s offense that averaged 13.09 kills this season, adding 60 kills herself. McLaughlin is the second Sooner to be named Big 12 Setter of the Year, joining Julia Doyle (2014).

Kinley and McLaughlin are joined by Enneking on the All-Big 12 First Team. Three first-team selections match the most in program history, previously achieved in 2014. Additionally, Paige Anderson was placed on the second team; four all-conference selections also match a school record (also reached in 2014, 2011, 2006).

Enneking set the Oklahoma single-season record with 479 kills this season, leading the team with 4.44 kills per set. In conference play, Enneking led the league with 280 kills and 310.5 points, ranking second with 4.52 kills per set and 5.01 points per set.

The senior outside hitter totaled double-digit kills in 27 of the Sooners’ 28 matches this year. Additionally, she averaged 2.85 digs per set and finished with 18 double-doubles, the most by a Sooner since Brianne Barker’s 22 in 2011. 

Anderson led the conference with 138 total blocks this season, ranking third with 1.29 blocks per set. She also averaged 1.29 blocks per set in conference matches, second-most in the league. Additionally, her blocking average ranks fourth in OU history during the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present).

On the attack, Anderson led OU with a .276 hitting percentage while finishing third on the team with 2.05 kills per set. The McKinney, Texas, native had double-digit kills six times and double-digit blocks three times.

Overall, the Sooners finished with a share of third place in the conference this season after being selected to finish eighth in the preseason poll. Tying for third marks OU’s best Big 12 finish since 2014 and ties its second-best finish all-time.

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