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Pressley Leads VB Trio With Preseason All-Big 12 Honors

June 29, 2020

IRVING, Texas – Baylor volleyball senior Yossiana Pressley has been named the Big 12’s Preseason Player of the Year, as voted by the league’s head coaches and announced Monday by the conference office.

Senior Hannah (Lockin) Sedwick and redshirt junior Marieke van der Mark join Pressley on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, giving the Bears three selections for the second time in the last three seasons.

“Preseason awards are often a reflection of the previous season. With so much uncertainty about the future, I am even more thankful for the wonderful season we had last year,” head coach Ryan McGuyre said. “For 2020, we look forward to overcoming the obstacles ahead with great joy.”

Pressley, the defending AVCA National Player of the Year, is the first Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year in program history. She is also a unanimous preseason all-conference team choice for the third consecutive year, after posting a league-best 5.41 kills per set, 5.82 points per set and 546 total kills in 2019. Entering the 2020 season, Pressley is the school record holder for kills in a single match (39) and is a 15-time Big 12 Player of the Week.

Also a unanimous selection, Sedwick returns after leading the conference in assists per set (11.46), which ranked 11th nationally. The 2019 Big 12 Setter of the Year earns her second career preseason all-conference team honor after being recognized in 2018.

Van der Mark collects her first career preseason honor as a member of the all-conference team. She tallied 196 kills on a .336 hitting percentage in 2019 and ended the season hitting above .464 in four NCAA Tournament matches, three of which included a double-digit kill performance.

The Big 12 will release the 2020 preseason poll on Tuesday.

Baylor will look to follow up a historic season that included an appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals. At 29-2, the Bears were Big 12 champions for the first time in program history and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears will open up the 2020 campaign at a date still to be announced.

To keep up with things all season long, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @BaylorVBall.

Preseason Player of the Year: Yossiana Pressley, Baylor
Preseason Freshman of the Year: Caroline Crawford, Kansas

Yossiana Pressley, Baylor^
Hannah Sedwick, Baylor^
Marieke van der Mark, Baylor
Candelaria Herrera, Iowa State
Eleanor Holthaus, Iowa State^
Keyton Kinley, Oklahoma^
Sarah Sanders, Oklahoma
Katie Clark, TCU^
Brionne Butler, Texas^
Logan Eggleston, Texas^
Skylar Fields, Texas^
Brooke Kanas, Texas Tech
Briana Lynch, West Virginia

^ - Unanimous Selection
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players

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