Head coach Ryan McGuyre and five Baylor volleyball players earned a program-best nine Big 12 postseason honors, announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
In his third season with the Bears, McGuyre was voted the Big 12 Coach of the Year as he led Baylor to its highest conference finish in program history with a 13-3 record. Under his guidance, Baylor has collected three-straight winning seasons which include two consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1992-93. McGuyre collects the program’s first Coach of the Year award.
“I am very honored to be named the Big 12 Coach of the Year,” McGuyre said. “We compete in an incredible conference and I am surrounded by elite level coaches. We all work very diligently, so to be recognized by such an elite group of coaches is truly an honor. Whenever I reflect upon this award it quickly takes me to that special place in my heart that I will forever have for this 2017 Baylor Bear team.”
For just the second time in program history, Baylor volleyball has the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in Yossiana Pressley. Splitting time at opposite and outside hitter during her first season in Waco, Pressley led the conference in kills per set (4.37) and points per set (4.85) and posted 17 double-digit kill matches this season.
Pressley, Shelly Fanning and Katie Staiger all landed spots on the All-Big 12 First Team. A unanimous pick for the second consecutive year, Staiger is the sixth player in program history to earn multiple first team honors. Fanning earns her second All-Big 12 honor after being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2015. Pressley was also a unanimous pick to the first team.
On the All-Big 12 Second Team is Aniah Philo and Hannah Lockin. Both players earn their first postseason awards after leading the team in service aces and assists, respectively.
Finally, Lockin and Pressley were named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. They are the sixth and seventh freshmen to be named to the list.
“All 20 athletes have done an exceptional job competing and training with grit and maturity this season. Because so many have lived so selflessly we all feel honored that we have had so many make All-Big 12,” McGuyre said. “The strong season Yossi, Hannah, Katie, Shelly, and Aniah have had is a direct result of the incredible teammates they are surrounded by and the incredible teammates they have chosen to be.”
12th-seed Baylor hosts the NCAA First and Second Rounds in Waco, starting Friday, Dec. 1 with a matchup against Miami (Ohio). Ticket information is available at www.BaylorBears.com.
Fans can follow the postseason action with the team’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @BaylorVball.
ALL-BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS:
Big 12 Coach of the Year: Ryan McGuyre (3rd season)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Yossiana Pressley
All-Big 12 First Team –
*# Katie Staiger, RSr.
^ Shelly Fanning, RSo.
# Yossiana Pressley, Fr.
All-Big 12 Second Team –
Aniah Philo, Jr.
Hannah Lockin, Fr.
Big 12 All-Freshman Team –
*Two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection
^ 2015 Big 12 All-Freshman Team selection
# Unanimous selection