SAN FRANCISCO –
Oregon State setter Kylee McLaughlin
has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Mark Barnard
voted as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year when the conference announced its volleyball postseason awards today. Mary-Kate Marshall
and Maddie Goings
also picked up Pac-12 accolades.
McLaughlin, who was a three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honoree this season, has directed the Beavers' offense throughout the season. McLaughlin, a native of Carrollton, Texas, ranks fourth in the conference with 10.72 assists per set and has accumulated 1,243 assists in 2017, the second-most by a freshman in OSU history. She is the only player in the conference this season to record a triple-double, achieving it in an early season four-set match at Portland with 49 assists, 10 blocks and 11 digs. In addition to her Freshman of the Year accolades, McLaughlin is also a member of the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and made honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team.
Barnard, who is in his second season at the helm of the Oregon State program, led his squad to a nine-win improvement from 2016 and to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the program's history. Along the way, Barnard's squad won five straight conference wins for the first time since 1990, and accomplished the feat twice. The Beavers earned season sweeps of the Washington and Arizona schools for the first time since 1983 and 1990, respectively.
Marshall, who hails from Coppell, Texas, has been named to the Pac-12 First Team for the second year in a row and third time in her career. Her 506 kills this season ranks as the sixth-most in a single season in OSU history and she now has 1,896 career kills to place second. She is only 24 kills short of tying the school record of 1,920 set by Rachel Rourke (2006-09). Marshall also leads the Beavers with 40 service aces. She ranks second in the conference and 19th in the nation with 4.36 kills per set.
Goings, from Aledo, Texas, joins McLaughlin on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Goings has started all 32 matches for the Beavers at outside hitter and has registered 313 kills, the sixth-most by a freshman in program history. Goings was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week once this season in October and ranks second on the squad in kills, is third with 314 digs and is fourth with 17 service aces.
McLaughlin is the second OSU volleyball player to be named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year joining fellow teammate Mary-Kate Marshall
. Barnard is the third Beaver coach selected as Pac-12 Coach of the Year, joining Guy Enriques in 1990 and Taras Liskevych in 2014.
The Beavers face NC State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas this Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT.
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for more information or call Skylar Erhardt
in Our Beaver Nation at 541-737-2370.
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