Senior Ashley Byrd
Nov. 17, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor's volleyball team placed three student-athletes on the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 team, announced by Big 12 officials. Two Bears earned placement on the first team, and one earned second-team honors.
Senior libero Caitlyn Trice and senior middle blocker Elizabeth Graham were each named to the conference's all-academic first team, while senior right-side hitter Ashley Byrd was named to the second team. The award is the second for both Trice and Byrd, and the first Graham. It also marks the sixth consecutive season that Baylor has had at least three student-athletes earn the award.
Trice, a health science studies/physical therapy major from Sugar Land, Texas, has had a spectacular season leading the Baylor defense. She leads the Big 12 in digs and digs per set, and is on pace to shatter the Baylor single-season digs-per-set record. Trice is averaging 5.23 digs per set, ranking 26th in the NCAA. She has recorded at least 10 digs in all 27 matches this season, including nine matches with at least 20 and five matches with at least 30. Trice was also named the all-academic first team in 2009.
Graham, a general studies major from Leander, Texas, has been Baylor's biggest threat offensively this season, leading the team in kills and hitting percentage. Graham's .318 hitting percentage ranks ninth in the Big 12 this season, and has racked up 286 kills this season for the Bears. She has been a force at the net on defense as well, leading Baylor in blocking with 1.35 blocks per set and a total of 140 blocks this season. Graham's blocking numbers rank first in the Big 12 in total blocks and second in blocks per set.
Byrd, a marketing and finance major from Denton, Texas, has made contributions on both offense and defense for Baylor this season. Byrd is third on the team in blocking and fifth in kills, with totals of 67 blocks and 152 kills. The honor marks the second time in her career, adding a first-team honor in 2008.
The Bears (14-13, 7-9 Big 12) continue their season at Kansas on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. With each team entering with an identical 7-9 conference record, the matchup will give the winner sole possession of sixth place in the Big 12.