Texas junior Micaya White was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
A 6-1 outside hitter, White was joined on the All-Southwest Region Team by UT teammates Yaazie Bedart-Ghani, Brionne Butler and Logan Eggleston. Texas senior middle blocker Morgan Johnson earned an honorable mention. The AVCA’s map of the Southwest includes portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Southwest Region features 28 schools from the Big 12, Conference USA, Southland, SWAC and Sun Belt conferences plus an independent New Orleans program.
This season, White leads Texas with her 3.87 kills per set. Ahead of this weekend’s regional tournament at BYU, White is also hitting .306 while averaging 2.41 digs per set. One week ago, White was named the Big 12’s Player of the Year.
Next up on the postseason’s roll-out of awards are the AVCA’s All-American honors, which will be announced next Tuesday. White was a first-team All-American as a freshman and a third-team honoree last year. No Longhorn has ever been named the AVCA’s Division I Player of the Year.
White vs. The WorldAhead of the NCAA Tournament's third round, how does Texas junior Micaya White stack up against the AVCA's other regional MVPs?
|Kills per set||Hitting %||Assists per set||Digs per set||Blocks per set||Still in NCAAs?|
|East||Florida State OH Payton Caffrey||4.37||.294||0.06||1.66||0.57||No|
|East Coast||Marquette OH Allie Barber||4.56||.344||0.04||0.52||0.39||Yes|
|Midwest||Dayton OH Lauren Bruns||4.25||.303||0.04||0.53||0.53||No|
|North||Minnesota S Samantha Seliger-Swenson||0.58||.305||11.68||2.46||0.40||Yes|
|Northeast||Illinois S Jordyn Poulter||0.78||.363||11.55||2.56||0.88||Yes|
|Pacific North||Stanford OH Kathryn Plummer||4.67||.289||0.21||2.30||0.71||Yes|
|Pacific South||BYU OH Roni Jones-Perry||4.80||.348||0.17||1.95||0.71||Yes|
|South||Texas A&M OH Hollann Hans||4.40||.228||0.36||2.60||0.45||No|
|Southeast||Kentucky S Madison Lilley||0.84||.468||11.33||2.41||0.58||Yes|
|Southwest||Texas OH Micaya White||3.87||.306||0.23||2.41||0.46||Yes|
No. 5 Texas (22-4) is set to battle No. 18 Michigan (24-9) in a regional semifinal at 3 p.m. CST on Friday. If victorious, UT will return to BYU’s George Albert Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday to play either No. 4 BYU (29-1) or No. 16 Florida (26-6) for a spot in the Final Four.
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