Texas outside hitter Micaya White(1) hits a kill past Texas A&M's Jazzmin Babers(22) and Stephanie Aiple(23) during a match at Gregory Gym on Sept. 14, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Big 12 honors Texas’ Micaya White for the sixth time

Posted October 31st, 2016

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Texas outside hitter Micaya White may soon become the top freshman volleyball player in the history of the Big 12.

White was once again honored as the Big 12’s Freshman of the Week on Monday. This is the sixth time that White has won the award, which sets a school record and ties a conference mark. Nebraska’s Hannah Werth was honored six times during the 2009 season.

White, a Frisco native who broke a tie with Michelle Kocher in Texas’ record books, posted 39 kills and a .323 hitting percentage in last week’s matches against Oklahoma and Kansas. Her 4.88 kills per set ranked second in the Big 12.

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White and West Virginia outside hitter Payton Caffrey remain the only players to win the Big 12’s Freshman of the Week this season. Caffrey has been honored five times, and she and White split the award on Sept. 26.

On Monday, the Big 12 also honored Kansas junior Kelsie Payne as its Offensive Player of the Week. The Connally graduate had 21 kills in a five-set win over her hometown Longhorns on Saturday. The loss dropped Texas into a first-place tie in the Big 12 with Kansas, and the No. 5 Longhorns (17-3) slipped behind the No. 4 Jayhawks (20-2) in this week’s AVCA poll.

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