COLUMBUS, Ohio – A pair of Ohio State women’s volleyball student-athletes earned All-Big Ten recognition, the conference announced Wednesday. Kylie Murr picked up second team All-Big Ten laurels and was joined by Jenaisya Moore on the All-Freshman Team. Bia Franklin received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Murr started all 32 matches at libero for the Scarlet & Gray and led the Big Ten with 4.90 digs per set. She was named the conference’s defensive player and co-freshman of the week on Sept. 23, becoming the first player in the league to claim both honors since 2015. The Yorktown, Ind. native was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for a second time on Nov. 10. She paced the Buckeye defense with 559 digs and had double figures in digs in 31 appearances. Murr finished her rookie campaign with a .949 serve reception rate after handling 689 of 726 attempts successfully.
Moore started 11 of the 22 matches she played in after being sidelined briefly due to injury. Through 78 sets, she averaged a team-best 3.45 kills and 3.86 points. The Germantown, Md. native was second on the team behind 269 kills and had 16 outings with double-digit kills, including a career-high 23 kills against VCU. Moore was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 4 after averaging 4.12 kills and 4.38 points per set.
Murr and Moore are the first Buckeye duo to make the All-Freshman squad in the same year since Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes did so in 2015. Twelve Ohio State rookies have now received the honor.
In addition, Bia Franklin received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award; given to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior while holding a good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Franklin finished the season with 142 digs, 23 kills, 10 assists and seven service aces.