Alyssa Enneking wanted to prove all the naysayers wrong and she did just that during her junior volleyball season at Oklahoma.
A 2015 graduate of Clear Falls High School, the outside hitter was voted All-Big 12 first team by the league’s coaches as announced this past Monday afternoon.
“It was a goal of mine to get a postseason award because I wanted to show everyone that I’m not a little hitter that I can do some big things,” Enneking said.
Playing at 5 feet, 11 inches, Enneking led the Big 12 with 445 kills overall and 258 in conference matches.
It’s the first postseason honor in her career at Oklahoma.
“I think it means a lot to me because of the all the adversity we faced this year,” Enneking said. “But it means a lot more to my team and the way we worked together and got through the season. I’m honored for the recognition.”
The Sooners finished the 2017 season at 7-22 overall and 4-12 in the Big 12.
But that didn’t stop Enneking from tallying the second-most kills by a Sooner since 2008. She also posted the most double-doubles at Oklahoma since 2011.
Overall, Enneking averaged a league-best 4.20 kills per set.
Her 4.30 average in league matches ranked second, and she averaged 4.36 against ranked opponents and 4.32 in 12 matches against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
But even despite her numbers from this season, she was caught off-guard when she learned of the All-Big 12 team.
“I was a little surprised,” Enneking said. “I didn’t think that they would give the award to a player on a team that didn’t do very well. But it meant a lot to me that a lot of other coaches took notice and saw the work that I put in.”
Enneking pushed her career total to 24 double-doubles.
In a four-set match at Texas Tech on Nov. 8, she matched her career-high with 26 kills.
She also managed to reach double figures in kills in 27 of 29 matches in 2017 and had double figures in digs on 17 occasions.
Enneking averaged a team-high of 2.94 digs to go with 45 blocks, 25 assists and 13 service aces.
Enneking has totaled 766 kills and 562 digs in her career.
At Clear Falls, Enneking lettered all four years and was named to the All-Texas Team in 2014 and was a two-time Lonestar Volleyball Player of the Week.
She helped the Knights to a Texas State UIL runner-up finish in 2014, the state semifinals in 2013 as well as the regional finals in 2012 and regional quarterfinals in 2011.
“I learned a lot of little lessons here and there,” Enneking said of her high school playing days. “I learned as a captain that there are certain ways to speak to a team. I learned to never say I or me. I think mostly, I just learned to have faith in my teammates around me.”
Enneking is the 10th OU player to make first team All-Big 12 since 1997.