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Baylor volleyball adds national champion Avery Skinner


Graduate transfer outside hitter Avery Skinner is bringing her talents to Baylor.

The reigning national champion and first-team AVCA All-American has decided to spend her fifth year of eligibility in Waco, where her father Brian was a three-time all-conference pick for the Baylor men’s basketball team in the 1990s and later spent 14 years in the NBA.

Skinner’s younger sister, Madi, just finished her freshman season as an outside hitter for Kentucky.

In her four years at Kentucky, Skinner hit .268 with 821 kills, averaging 3.11 kills per set in 86 matches. She also notched 178 digs, 100 blocks and 10 service aces. She was particularly good her senior year, hitting at a .366 clip and averaging 3.77 kills per set en route to her first All-America selection, in addition to All-SEC and AVCA All-Region accolades.

Skinner will undoubtedly bring extra juice to the Bears, who made it all the way to the Sweet 16 in this year’s NCAA Tournament before No. 5 seed Nebraska knocked them out, 3-0. Baylor finished the season 20-7.