WVU Volleyball Duo Earns Big 12 Notice

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    Senior outside hitter Katelyn Evans and junior middle blocker Briana Lynch of the West Virginia University volleyball team earned a pair of Big 12 postseason awards, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

    For the first time in their careers, Evans and Lynch landed on the All-Big 12 Second Team.

    “I am proud of everything that Katelyn and Bri have accomplished this season,” fifth-year coach Reed Sunahara said. “It’s always an honor when our players get recognized by the Big 12 and our league’s fellow coaches. Not only is their individual hard work being recognized, but so is our team’s determination to make each other better.”

    Evans, a native of Palmdale, California, ended the 2019 season ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 4.18 points per set and 3.92 kills per set. She paced WVU’s offense with 302 kills, including 239 swings from Big 12 play, to hit .210 on the year and registered double-digit kills in 16 of the season’s final 17 matches. A four-year player for the Mountaineers, Evans most recently collected her 1,000th career kill against Baylor on Nov. 26.

    Lynch, a native of Johns Creek, Georgia, finished her junior campaign ranked ninth in the conference with a .268 hitting efficiency. She hit above .350 11 times and recorded 221 kills on the year. Lynch also ended the season ranked second on the team with 0.90 blocks per set, registering nine solo stops and 73 block assists.

    The All-Big 12 awards are voted on by the league’s coaches.

    The honorees were led by Big 12 Player of the Year Yossiana Pressley (Baylor), Setter of the Year Hannah Lockin (Baylor), Libero of the Year Keyton Kinley (Oklahoma) and Freshman of the Year Skyler Fields (Texas). Baylor coach Ryan McGuyre also earned his second career Big 12 Coach of the Year nod.

    All nine Big 12 schools were represented on the All-Big 12 Teams. Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma led the way with a combined five student-athletes on the first and second teams.

    The Mountaineers ended the 2019 season with a 12-17 overall mark and 3-13 record in Big 12 play.

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