Sims assists others on the volleyball court, passes credit off of it

October 20, 2016

Kayla Sims volleyball

Kayla Sims

Kayla Sims of Anchorage sets up others as a setter of The Master’s University volleyball team.

So it figures she would give her teammates the assist when it comes to her success.

The sophomore playmaker credited her teammates for helping her win Golden State Athletic Conference Setter of the Week honors for the third time in seven weeks this year.

“I don’t get assists without my hitters putting it away,” she told me. “We have a strong offense this year.”

The Master’s ranks second in the GSAC with a .226 team hitting percentage, thanks to Sims and her league-leading 9.4 assists-per-set average.

She praised the passing game.

“Passing is very important because it determines how fast our offense is,” she said. “Passing also determines whether we can run all hitters or not.”

Sims, of South High fame, last week averaged 11.6 assists in victories against Menlo and William Jessup in helping earn individual recognition once again.

“It’s nice, but that’s not the end goal,” she said. “How the team does and our attitudes throughout the season is what matters the most.”

The Master’s is tied for second in the GSAC with an 8-2 record.

“We are playing well,” Sims said, “but we have tough competition coming up.”

Coach Allan Vince said the Alaskan can do more than just set up others and calls her own number once in a while.

“Kayla has continued to be a threat at the net, picking great routes for our hitters and attacking the court when given the chance,” he told the school’s website.