NORMAN — Oklahoma volleyball sophomore libero Keyton Kinley has been named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
Kinley is the first defensive specialist in program history to earn All-America accolades. The Sooners have landed at least one player on the AVCA All-America list in each of the last nine years, and Kinley’s honor is the 15th in program history.
The All-America accolade is the latest on a long list of accomplishments for Kinley in 2018. The Lexingon, Ky., native was named an AVCA All-Southwest Region First Team and All-Big 12 First Team selection, the Big 12 Libero of the Year, and a program-record three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Kinley proved to be one of the best liberos in the nation in her first season in the Crimson and Cream, finishing the year with 541 digs and 5.01 digs per set in the regular season, both conference bests.
She is just the second Sooner in the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present) to reach the 500-dig threshold in a season, joining Maria Fernanda, who accomplished the feat three times from 2010-12.
Kinley’s 5.01 digs per set this season ranked 51st nationally and was the fifth-most among student-athletes in Power Five conferences during the regular season. She also had double-digit digs in 26 of OU’s 28 matches this season, including 16 showings with at least 20 digs.
Additionally, Kinley led the Big 12 with 348 digs and 5.61 digs per set during conference matches. She also anchored the Sooner defense that held its opponents to a .189 hitting percentage in 2018, ranking first in the league.
Overall, the Sooners finished 17-11 in 2018, earning 10 more wins than in 2017. Oklahoma claimed a share of third place in the Big 12 this season after being selected to finish eighth in the preseason poll. Tying for third marked OU’s best Big 12 finish since 2014 and tied for its second-best finish all-time.