Former Hugoton High School volleyball, basketball and track and field standout Nicole Kinser has been named to the NJCAA All-America second team.
The sophomore middle hitter helped Hutchinson Community College to a Region VI championship in each of her two seasons, and competed in the NJCAA National Championship both years.
Kinser, a 6-foot-2 performer, was named to the Division I team. She was the lone Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference player to earn the distinction.
Kinser helped Hutchinson to a 27-14 overall record this past season, and she compiled one of the best overall seasons ever by a Blue Dragon middle. With 36 total kills in two NJCAA tournament matches, Kinser totaled more kills (508) than any other middle in program history.
In her final match as a Blue Dragon, Kinser had a career-high 23 kills in a five-set loss to Western Nebraska. That tied for the fifth most kills in a match in program history. In 148 sets this season, Kinser had 508 total kills, and an average 3.43 kills per set. She ranked No. 3 in the Jayhawk West in total kills and No. 4 in kills per set. Kinser was second on the team in blocks with 145 and 0.98 blocks per set. In conference play this season, Kinser averaged 3.48 kills per set and hit a sizzling .414. She also averaged 1.11 blocks per set.
Kinser’s 508 kills ranks third on Hutchinson’s single-season kills list. Her .375 hitting percentage ranks sixth on the season list. She finished tied for 12th on the single-season blocks list with 145. Kinser had six matches of at least 18 kills. She had nine matches of hitting .500 or better with a season-high .625 percentage on 16 kills against North Idaho College. She had 10 or more kills in 31 of 41 matches this season.
HCC’s sophomore middle also had a season and career high nine total blocks against Missouri State-West Plains on Oct. 25. Kinser ends her Blue Dragon career eighth in sets played (273), fifth in kills (727), 10th in kills per set (2.66), fifth in attack percentage (.353), sixth in career blocks (242) and 10th career blocks per set (0.89).