Texas senior Chiaka Ogbogu (21) is recognized by head coach Jerritt Elliott on Nov. 8, 2017 for becoming the school's all-time leader in block assists. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Volleyball

Chiaka Ogbogu honored as conference’s best player as Big 12 lauds six Longhorns

Posted November 27th, 2017

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As Texas’ volleyball team celebrated in front of an orange-lit tower on Sunday evening, senior Chiaka Ogbogu stood in the middle of a team photo. Ogbogu held the Big 12’s championship trophy — the reason for the photo opportunity — with sophomore Micaya White.

A day later, Ogbogu once again stood front and center.

Ogbogu was named the Big 12’s player of the year on Monday. A 6-2 middle blocker, Ogbogu becomes the 10th player from Texas to earn the Big 12’s top honor. Eight of the last nine recipients of this award have been Longhorns.

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Texas' Big 12 Players of the Year

YearNamePositionClass
2017Chiaka OgboguMBSenior
2015Amy NealOHSenior
2014Haley EckermanOHSenior
2013Haley EckermanOHJunior
2012Haley EckermanOHSophomore
2011Bailey WebsterOHSophomore
2010Juliann FaucettOHSenior
2009Destinee HookerOHSenior
2004Mira TopicOHSenior
1997Demetria SanceOHSenior

Already a three-time All-American, Ogbogu showed little signs of rust this fall after sitting out the 2016 season. Ogbogu leads the Big 12 in blocks (1.74 per game) and hitting percentage (.392). Nationally, Ogbogu ranks second and 22nd in those statistical categories.

This season, Ogbogu was a three-time Big 12 defensive player of the week.

Texas outside hitter Micaya White (1) tries to hit past two Oklahoma defenders on Nov. 22, 2017. White was among six Longhorns to earn all-conference honors. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

On Monday, Ogbogu was joined on the first team of the Big 12’s all-conference team by White, senior Ebony Nwanebu and freshman Lexi Sun. White, Nwanebu and Sun are all outside hitters for Texas. Senior libero Cat McCoy and freshmen setter Ashley Shook were second-team honorees.

Sun and Shook were also placed on the Big 12’s all-freshman team. Baylor outside hitter Yossiana Pressley was recognized as the conference’s top freshman.

Texas (24-2) will host Fairfield (25-6) on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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