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#2 Kayla Banwarth
Position: Libero
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
City/State: Dubuque, Iowa
High School: Wahlert Catholic
Experience: High School
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 
  • 2010 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • 2010 Honorable Mention All-Big 12
  • 2010 Team Co-Captain
  • 2010 BYU Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • 2010 BYU Nike Invitational MVP
  • 2010 Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament Team
  • 2009 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
  • 2009 LSU Tiger Classic Defensive MVP
  • 2009 LSU Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team
  • 2009 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Three-Time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (2009-10)
  • Two-Time Runza/AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team (2008, 2010)

2010: Senior
Banwarth took over the top spot on NU's all-time digs list with the 1,569th dig of her career at Texas Tech • Also took overtook Jordan Larson for the lead on the postseason career digs list with 253 • Ended her Husker career with 1,706 digs • Was named honorable-mention All-Big 12 and was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection • Selected as the MVP of the BYU Nike Invitational Tournament, while also being picked to the Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament and Runza/AVCA Showcase All-Tournament teams • Averaged 4.81 digs, 0.23 aces and 1.08 assists per set • Produced 20 or more digs in seven matches • Ended her career with 17 digs and tied her career high with three aces in a loss at Washington in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 10 • Tied her season high in assists with seven in a sweep of Auburn, while also helping hold the Tigers to -.011 hitting in the second round of the tournament • Opened the NCAA Tournament against Sacred Heart on Dec. 2 with two aces and 14 digs • Anchored a defense that held Texas A&M to .099 hitting on Nov. 27, as NU won its 12th Big 12 title with the win • Tied her season high in digs with 24 at home against Baylor on Nov. 24 • Produced 15 of more digs in five straight matches against Iowa State (Oct. 30), Kansas (Nov. 3), Texas Tech (Nov. 6), Kansas State (Nov. 10) and Colorado (Nov. 13) • Helped the Huskers hold consecutive opponents under .100 hitting, as Texas A&M hit .094 on Oct. 9 and Kansas State hit .085 on Oct. 9 • Tied her career high in aces with three in a four-set home win over Kansas on Sept. 22 • Notched seven assists and 23 digs against Colorado on Sept. 18 while the Husker defense held the Buffaloes to .086 hitting • Earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 13 after accumulating 65 digs in 12 sets of play during the Ameritas Players Challenge against Western Michigan, Dayton and Illinois • Was the match leader in digs in all three matches • Produced a season-high 24 digs in  win over No. 20 Dayton on Sept. 9 • Totaled 48 digs and helped the Huskers hold BYU, Idaho State and Cal Poly to a combined hitting percentage of .119 at the BYU Nike Invitational • Opened the season with 20 digs in a sweep of Kentucky at the Runza/AVCA Showcase, as the Wildcats hit -.010 • Earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in August of 2012, after majoring in English.

2009: Junior
Banwarth proved to be one of the Big 12's best liberos, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors from the league's coaches • Ranked second in the Big 12 with 4.96 digs per set and also chips in 1.12 assists and 0.17 service aces per set • Finished the year ranked second on NU's single-season list with 570 digs as her 4.96 digs per set were the most since the 2006 season • Recorded 20 or more digs on 13 occasions in 2009, including four matches with 25 or more digs • Totaled 20 digs and four assists in NU's NCAA Regional final loss to No. 2 Texas on Dec. 12 • Averaged 6.00 digs per set in four NCAA Tournament matches, including 24 digs in a sweep of Coastal Carolina on Dec. 5 - the best three-set NCAA Tournament match in school history  • Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 23 after averaging 7.17 digs in two wins • Set a school mark with 32 digs in a three-set win over No. 24 Baylor on Nov. 18, breaking a mark that had stood since 1985 • Tied a season high with two aces and added 20 digs against Oklahoma on Oct. 24 • Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18, averaging 6.71 digs per set in two wins • Finished with a match-high 25 digs and tied a season high with two aces at Missouri on Oct. 17 • Collected 20 digs and added a pair of assists and a service ace against K-State on Oct. 10 • Totaled a match-high 22 digs at No. 19 Baylor, helping the Huskers to a sweep of the Bears • Became the first Big 12 libero to record a double-double with 26 digs and a career-best 10 assists  in a five-set win over Oklahoma on Sept. 30 • Finished with a team-high 20 digs at Texas A&M on Sept. 23, a match where she also set a career high with eight assists • Recorded 17 digs and three assists in NU's sweep of Texas Tech on Sept. 16 • Totaled 20 digs and a pair of service aces in NU's four-set win over BYU on Sept. 11 and added 16 digs in NU's loss to UCLA on Sept. 13 • Named the Defensive MVP of the LSU Tiger Classic, as she collected 4.82 digs per set, while limiting NU's three opponents to a combined .054 hitting  • Had 21 digs and a career-high seven assists in the victory over LSU on Sept. 4 • Recorded career highs in digs (32) and assists (6) in the win over No. 11 Minnesota on Aug. 29, as her 32 digs ranked third in school history and were the most by a Husker since 1993.

2008: Sophomore
Banwarth put together one of the best seasons by a libero in school history, helping the Huskers to 31 wins and a berth in the NCAA semifinals • Averaged 4.12 digs,  0.84 assists and 0.22 service aces per set, as she appeared in 33 matches • Ranked third in the Big 12 in digs per set and helped the Huskers hold foes to a league-best .149 hitting percentage • Ranked third on NU's single-season list with 470 digs becoming just the third player in history to average more than four digs per set • Reached double figures in digs 29 times, including five matches with at least 20 digs • Topped NU in digs in 24 matches, establishing personal bests with 27 digs and three service aces at Texas A&M on Nov. 5 • Notched the most digs by a Husker libero in three seasons with her 27 digs against the Aggies • Recorded 14 digs and four assists in the national semifinals against No. 1 Penn State • Totaled a team-high 22 digs and matched personal bests in aces (three) and digs (five) at No. 5 Washington in the Seattle Regional final on Dec. 13 • Keyed the decisive run in the fifth set when she ran off eight straight points at the service line, helping turn a 9-3 deficit into a 12-9 lead • Totaled 17 digs and tied a career high with three aces against Liberty on Dec. 5 • Helped NU clinch the Big 12 title at Baylor on Nov. 29, coming up with 22 digs and limiting Baylor to .116 hitting in a four-set win • Picked up 14 digs and added four assists vs. No. 15 K-State on Nov. 8 • Collected a match-high 14 digs, two service aces and a kill against Texas A&M on Oct. 22 • Led NU with 18 digs while helping hold Baylor to .000 hitting on Oct. 15 • Recorded a match-high 19 digs in limiting Missouri to .165 hitting on Oct. 12 • Played one of her best matches of the year at Creighton on Oct. 5, recording a match-high 20 digs and adding four assists in holding the Bluejays to a season-low .091 hitting • Finished with 17 digs in a four-set win at Iowa State on Sept. 27 • Recorded a team-best 15 digs and a career-high five assists in a 3-1 win over No. 3 Texas on Sept. 20 • Earned a spot on the AVCA Showcase All-Tournament team after averaging 4.85 digs per set in wins over No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 USC • Reached the 20-dig mark for the first time in 2008 with 20 in a four-set win over USC.

2007: Freshman
Banwarth became a major contributor as a true freshman, winning the starting job at libero during the second half of the year •Played just two points in the Huskers' first 10 contests before gradually earning more playing time and starting NU's final nine matches • Appeared in 22 matches, averaging 2.75 digs,  0.45 assists and 0.17 service aces per set • Started the last nine matches, averaging 4.24 digs and 0.69 assists per set, as NU held its final nine foes to a combined .136 hitting percentage • Reached double figures in digs eight times, including a season-high 21 digs against No. 24 Michigan State at the NCAA Madison Regional on Dec. 7 • Totaled 10 digs and three assists during the NCAA Regional final against No. 6 Cal on Dec. 8 • Turned in one of her best efforts in the regional semifinals against No. 24 Michigan State, setting personal bests in both digs (21) and service aces (2) as NU overcame a 2-0 deficit • Her 21 digs against MSU were the second-best postseason total by a freshman in school history • Averaged 4.50 digs, 0.50 assists and .33 service aces per set during the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, leading the Huskers in digs in both contests • Recorded 14 digs versus South Dakota State, helping limit the Jackrabbits to -.053 hitting on Nov. 30 • Totaled 13 digs in helping to hold No. 22 Oklahoma to a season-low .122 hitting on Nov. 17 • Recorded 11 digs, as NU held Texas A&M to a season-low .099 hitting on Nov. 14 • Made her first career start against Iowa State on Nov. 11, thrilling more than 40 family and friends with then-career bests in digs (19) and assists (5) • Played all five sets as a back row specialist at No. 12 Kansas State on Nov. 3, totaling four digs and an ace • Recorded five digs in the finale against Kansas on Oct. 20 • Started the final set against Kansas at libero on Sept. 26, totaling five digs and a pair of aces.

High School
Banwarth was one of the nation's top high school seniors playing for coaches Julie Kieffer and Tom Keating at Wahlert Catholic High School • Totaled 1,155 kills, 1,093 digs and 364 aces during her four-year career, as Wahlert Catholic won three Iowa Class 3A state titles (2003-05) • Finished her career holding school marks for career digs and aces • Named an alternate for the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team • Tabbed a Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection and ranked the No. 62 player nationally by Prepvolleyball.com • Chosen as the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 after averaging 4.00 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.43 aces per game • Led WCHS to a 31-7 record and the state semifinals • Garnered All-America honors from Prepvolleyball.com as a senior, as she established single-season school records for digs (372) and service aces (142) while adding 396 kills on .316 hitting • Totaled 14 aces in one match as a senior • Was a three-time Iowa Elite Team selection (all-state, all classes) in each of her final three seasons • Chosen the Iowa Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 3.50 kills and 3.80 digs per set • Named the Class 3A Player of the Year for three consecutive years (2004-06) • Played club volleyball for the Six Pack Volleyball Club and Coach Jay Grassley, helping the program to an appearance at the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2007 • Lettered four seasons in softball, earning second-team Class 3A all-state accolades in 2006 • Excelled in the classroom as well, graduating with high honors and earning the Presidential Achievement Award  • Selected NU over a host of schools, including Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Duke, New Mexico State, Florida State and College of Charleston.

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