Sims caps historic The Master’s career with All-American honor

December 5, 2018
Kayla Sims volleyball

Kayla Sims

As one of the most balanced and well-rounded college volleyball players in the country, Kayla Sims of Anchorage didn’t dominate one category on the stat sheet.

She kind of did it all.

That versatility was rewarded by the NAIA as The Master’s University senior was recognized as an All-American honorable mention.

“Usually for that they look at statistics,” Sims told the school’s sports information director, “and because I was playing a couple different positions, my stats were spread out. They weren’t something people looked at and went, ‘Oh, wow.’”

She’s being modest.

Sims, of South High fame, will go down as one of the greatest in school history.

The 5-foot-9 setter twice earned national notoriety and is one of only seven players in school history to receive All-American recognition.

Sims also finished No. 2 in career assists (2,773) and No. 5 in career aces (165) while just missing the top 10 in career digs (953).

This year, she asked for reps as an attacker and earned the right to play six rotations. As a result, her assist totals were down but she countered by setting career highs in kills, aces, digs and total blocks.

“She had personal goals that she decided to release for the sake of the team,” coach Allan Vince said. “She was a great leader and her work ethic and pursuit of excellence and ability to communicate were key.”

Sims also helped The Master’s reach the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Overall, the Mustangs finished 80-44 in her four seasons.