NORMAN — For the third time this season, Oklahoma volleyball’s Keyton Kinley has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
With three awards this year, Kinley has set the OU program record for defensive weekly honors in a career. She joins Maria Fernanda and Sallie McLaurin as the only Sooners to earn multiple defensive accolades in their careers.
Kinley’s honor is OU’s fourth defensive Big 12 accolade and fifth overall this year.
Last week, Kinley led the conference with 44 digs and 7.33 digs per set. Her dig average was the highest in a week’s span in the Big 12 this year, and she has now led the league in digs per set in six of the last seven weeks.
Against West Virginia on Saturday, Kinley registered 25 digs, the most in a three-set match by a Big 12 student-athlete this season. She added a match-high 19 digs against Iowa State on Wednesday.
Additionally, Kinley reached the 500 digs for the season on Wednesday, becoming just the second Sooner in the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present) to reach the 500-dig threshold in a year. She joins Fernanda, who had at least 500 digs three times from 2010-12.
Overall, Kinley leads the Big 12 with 5.12 digs per set in all matches and 5.86 digs per set in conference matches this season. Additionally, her 5.12 digs per set rank 39th nationally and second among athletes in Power Five conferences.
Kinley and the Sooners conclude the regular season on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., against Kansas at 1 p.m.