NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma volleyball’s Kylee McLaughlin has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
McLaughlin is just the fourth Sooner in program history to earn a national weekly honor, joining Kierra Holst (Oct. 29, 2014 – espnW), Sallie McLaurin (Sept. 17, 2014 – AVCA) and Caitlin Higgins (Nov. 4, 2008 – AVCA).
.@Kyleemac8 has been named the @AVCAVolleyball National Player of the Week! She becomes just the fourth Sooner in program history to earn a national weekly award. 👏— Oklahoma Volleyball (@OU_Volleyball) November 13, 2018
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"Kylee is facilitating an offense that has gone to a new level this year," OU head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. "It's exciting for her and this team. This award reflects a culmination of work from Kylee and the entire team this season."
McLaughlin was named Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the league with 108 assists and 12.00 assists per set last week. Her 108 assists were the most in a week’s span during conference play this season. McLaughlin also ran the Sooner offense that averaged 14.11 kills per set on a .246 hitting percentage.
Week 12 of #Big12VB:— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 12, 2018
💯 Rookie: Jhenna Gabriel of @TexasVolleyball
💯 Co-Offensive: @Kyleemac8 of @OU_Volleyball
💯 Defensive: @fanning_shelly of @BaylorVBall
💯 Co-Offensive: @Schabenmylegs of @CycloneVB
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In the Sooners’ 3-2 victory at Texas Tech on Wednesday, McLaughlin set a career high with 62 assists, matching the most by a Big 12 student-athlete this season. She added 14 digs for a double-double to go with eight block assists and a pair of kills.
Against TCU on Friday, McLaughlin led the match with 46 assists while producing 15 digs for her third consecutive double-double. She added four kills on eight attempts with no errors, totaling 6.0 points with a service ace and two block assists.
McLaughlin and the Sooners conclude their home slate on Wednesday as they host Iowa State at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are on sale now. Additionally, fans that show their ticket for Saturday's football game against Kansas will receive free admission to Wednesday’s volleyball match.