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Three Named AVCA All-Southwest Region

NORMAN — Oklahoma volleyball’s Alyssa Enneking, Keyton Kinley and Kylee McLaughlin were all placed on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Southwest Region First Team, the AVCA announced Tuesday.

Three first-team selections tie a program record for most in a season, also achieved in 2014. Additionally, three total regional accolades match OU’s second-highest total all-time.

Also tabbed an All-Southwest pick in 2017, Enneking becomes the eighth Sooner in program history to earn multiple regional accolades. The League City, Texas, product 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. 

Named the Big 12 Libero of the Year, Kinley led the league 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.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Kinley had double-digit digs in 26 of OU’s 28 matches this season, including 16 showings with at least 20 digs. Her 5.01 digs per set this season ranked 51st nationally and fifth-most among student-athletes in Power Five conferences during the regular season.

McLaughlin, selected as the Big 12 Co-Setter of the Year, finished the season with a conference-best 1162 assists, averaging 10.76 assists per set to rank fourth in the Big 12. In league matches, McLaughlin led the Big 12 with 678 assists, producing 10.94 assists per set to rank 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.

All three Sooners were also named All-Big 12 First Team honorees last week.

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 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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