Two Kansas State volleyball players received conference honors on Tuesday when the league announced the All-Big 12 teams.
Peyton Williams, the Wildcats’ middle blocker, made the 2019 All-Big 12 Second Team and outside hitter Anna Dixon was named to the All-Big 12 Rookie Team. The redshirt-junior Williams became the first player in conference history to earn All-Big 12 honors in both volleyball and women’s basketball. She was named All-Big 12 First Team after the 2018-19 women’s basketball season. This was the second all-conference volleyball honor for Williams in her career. She was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2017. Williams had several career-highs this season, including kills (239), kills per set (2.17), aces (23), points (317) and total blocks (99).
Williams finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Big 12 with a .321 offensive efficiency. She led the Wildcats in hitting percentage in each of the past three seasons and finished her career with a .315 efficiency, good enough for fifth in program history during the rally-scoring era. She also passed .400 seven times. She had a career-high 12 matches with double-digit kills this season, which included her career-best of 17 kills against Central Arkansas on Sept. 7.
Dixon made the All-Rookie Team after a strong freshman year with 292 kills and a team-best 2.89 kills per set. She had 3.14 kills per set in conference play, which was good enough for seventh in the Big 12. She also had 84 digs, 47 blocks and nine service aces in her first season.
She led the Wildcats in kills nine times, including seven straight. She also had double-figure kills in 12 consecutive matches from Sept. 20 through Nov. 2.
Dixon had a career-high 21 kills in back-to-back matches against Oklahoma on Oct. 16 and Kansas on Oct. 23.
The Wildcats have had multiple all-conference players every year since 2011, including at leas one All-Freshman/Rookie Team in seven straight seasons.
Loren Hinkle also received Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a career-high 23 digs during a road sweep at Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday.