Texas outside hitter Micaya White (1) elevates to spike the ball against Stephen F. Austin in Austin on Nov. 29, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Already the Big 12 and Southwest’s best, will the 2018 reign of Micaya White extend across America?

Posted December 4th, 2018


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 World

Ahead of the NCAA Tournament's third round, how does Texas junior Micaya White stack up against the AVCA's other regional MVPs?
  Kills per setHitting %Assists per setDigs per setBlocks per setStill in NCAAs?
EastFlorida State OH Payton Caffrey4.37.2940.061.660.57No
East CoastMarquette OH Allie Barber4.56.3440.040.520.39Yes
MidwestDayton OH Lauren Bruns4.25.3030.040.530.53No
NorthMinnesota S Samantha Seliger-Swenson0.58.30511.682.460.40Yes
NortheastIllinois S Jordyn Poulter0.78.36311.552.560.88Yes
Pacific NorthStanford OH Kathryn Plummer4.67.2890.212.300.71Yes
Pacific SouthBYU OH Roni Jones-Perry4.80.3480.171.950.71Yes
SouthTexas A&M OH Hollann Hans4.40.2280.362.600.45No
SoutheastKentucky S Madison Lilley0.84.46811.332.410.58Yes
SouthwestTexas OH Micaya White3.87.3060.232.410.46Yes

Read more: Times announced for BYU-based regional as Texas looks to advance to the Final Four

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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