GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has honored three McMurry University volleyball players for their play on and off the court.
Seniors Peyton Evans and Kasi Conners will leave the McM volleyball program with distinctive honors. Evans earned All-American honors for the second year in a row and is a 2013 NCCAA 2nd Team All-American. For the second-straight year, Conners is a 2013 NCCAA Scholar-Athlete recipient and to round out the trio exceptional young women, junior Kayla Hines earned the distinction of a 2013 NCCAA Scholar-Athlete.
“I am also very proud of the leadership our upperclassmen were able to provide this season. Our team captain, Peyton Evans, had an outstanding year with multiple triple-doubles and double-doubles. She effectively dominated in five skill categories -- setting, attacking, blocking, digging, and serving,” McM volleyball coach Cammie Petree said. “There are very few players that have that type of impact on the game. She was named to the NCCAA All-American squad again this year and was very deserving of that high honor.”
Evans led the team in kills (351), total attacks (984), assists (756) and aces (54). The Riverton, Utah native also chipped in 342 digs, and 142 blocks. She will finish her career with 1,881 assists, which is third all-time in program history.
Conners will undoubtedly go down as one of the best defensive players in McM history. This season the Abilene native recorded a team-high 206 blocks and set the all-time mark with 708 career blocks. Hines was third on the roster with 268 kills. The Robinson, Texas native chipped in 183 digs and 32 blocks.
“Our other upperclassmen, Kasi Conners and Kayla Hines, also had outstanding seasons. I am very proud not only of their athletic leadership, but of their academic leadership. They were both named NCCAA Scholar Athletes, and that award is a true testament to their outstanding ability to handle the challenges of maintaining superior studies while competing athletically at a high level,” Petree said. “Their example of excellence has paved the way for numerous underclassmen to earn this honor in the future.”