Baylor Press Release:
IRVING, Texas – Baylor volleyball had returning All-Americans Yossiana Pressley and Shelly (Fanning) Stafford earn a spot on the 2019 Preseason All-Big 12 Team for the second-straight season, selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches and announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Junior All-American Yossiana Pressley earns her second straight unanimous selection to the preseason list after a standout sophomore campaign. Pressley averaged a league-leading 4.62 kills per set in Big 12 play while posting 5.15 points per set. She heads into the season as the school record holder for kills in a single match (39) and is an 11-time Big 12 Player of the Week.
Redshirt senior All-American Shelly (Fanning) Stafford earns her third preseason conference honor after being recognized in 2016 and 2018. Fanning had the best single-season hitting percentage in program history for the second consecutive year, posting a .397 efficiency in the middle. She is a three-time All-Big 12 honoree heading into the 2019 season.
The Big 12 will release the 2019 preseason team poll on Thursday.
Baylor will look to build on a 20-9 season in 2018 that led the Bears to a historic third-straight NCAA Second Round appearance and a second consecutive Big 12 runner-up finish.
The Bears kick off the 2019 season on Aug. 30 against UCLA at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. BU opens its home slate by hosting the Hampton Inn & Suites Waco North Baylor Invitational against Houston and Tennessee on Sept. 12 and 14, respectively.
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BIG 12 VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON AWARDS
Preseason Player of the Year: Micaya White, Texas
Preseason Co-Freshmen of the Year: Skylar Fields, Texas and Audrey Nalls, TCU
PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Yossiana Pressley, Baylor^
Shelly (Fanning) Stafford, Baylor^
Eleanor Holthaus, Iowa State
Zoe Hill, Kansas
Rachel Langs, Kansas
Gloria Mutiri, Kansas State^
Keyton Kinley, Oklahoma
Kylee McLaughlin, Oklahoma
elan McCall, TCU^
Brionne Butler, Texas^
Logan Eggleston, Texas^
Micaya White, Texas^
Emily Hill, Texas Tech
Brooke Kanas, Texas Tech^
^ – Unanimous Selection