MANHATTAN, Kan. (Kansas State Athletics)– For the second straight season, K-State outside hitter Aliyah Carter was a unanimous selection onto the All-Big 12 Preseason Team in a vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference office revealed Wednesday.
Carter, who enters her junior season, led the Wildcats and ranked second in the Big 12 last season with 4.03 kills per set (431 total kills), claiming her second consecutive All-Big 12 First Team and AVCA Midwest All-Region First Team honors.
Additionally, she is the first Wildcat during the rally-scoring era (since 2001) to average more than 4.00 kills a set in two different seasons and be named a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team pick as both a freshman and a sophomore.
In leading the Cats to an NCAA postseason appearance in 2021, Carter played all six rotations and turned in a team-best 13 double-doubles. The Dubuque, Iowa, native produced a career-high 269 digs (2.51 per set), including a career-best 20 against Fresno State on September 11.
Carter eclipsed the 20-kill plateau five times last season and now owns 11 career outings with 20 or more kills – tied for sixth-most in program history. Her current career average of 4.06 kills per set is first in K-State history during the rally-scoring era.
She was one of nine unanimous picks by the conference’s head coaches to the 15-member preseason squad.
The Wildcats officially open the 2022 season on Friday, August 26 at the K-State Invitational at Bramlage Coliseum. Season tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 6 through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office.
K-State finished the 2021 campaign with a 15-13 record (6-10 Big 12) and earned its 18th all-time bid to the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.