Texas outside hitter Logan Eggleston (33) and outside hitter Micaya White (1) celebrate their win over Texas Tech at Gregory Gym on Oct. 20, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Micaya White earns the top prize on the Big 12’s Longhorn-heavy honor roll

Posted November 26th, 2018

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Texas junior Micaya White has gone wire-to-wire as the best volleyball player in the Big 12.

White has earned the Big 12’s Player of the Year award, the conference announced on Monday. This summer, White was named the conference’s preseason pick for the award. She went onto guide Texas to a Big 12 title with a team-high 3.88 kills per set, 2.41 digs per set and a .310 hitting percentage.

Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott looks at Texas outside hitter Yaazie Bedart-Ghani (27) during a scrimmage against Texas A&M in Austin on April 4, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

White becomes the 11th Longhorn to earn the Big 12’s Player of the Year award. Nine of the last 10 recipients of the award have been Longhorns. Texas has won the Big 12 title in eight of those seasons in which it has boasted the conference’s top player.

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White was joined on the first team of the Big 12’s year-end team by teammates Brionne Butler, Logan Eggleston, Yaazie Bedart-Ghani and Morgan Johnson. Eggleston was also recognized as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Jerritt Elliott was named the conference’s top coach.

Eggleston, who was also the conference’s preseason pick for her award, enrolled at Texas this year after skipping her senior year of high school. A 17-year-old for much of this season, Eggleston is averaging 2.87 kills per set. She is one of four freshmen that Texas will start when the NCAA Tournament begins this week.

“It’s super cool just knowing that our class is bringing so much to this team,” Eggleston told the American-Statesman this weekend. “I know everyone on the team is so supportive of us.”

Texas (20-4) enters the NCAA Tournament as the competition’s fifth overall seed. UT will host Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in its postseason opener.

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