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Mikayla Shields
Mikayla  Shields

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Orlando, Fla.

High School:
Lake Nona

Height:
6-0

Position:
RS/OPP

Experience:
1L


AWARDS/HONORS
  • 2017 All-SEC
  • 2016 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2016 AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (8/29/16)

  • 2017 (SOPHOMORE)
  • Spent the summer of 2017 training with the U19 national team, representing Team USA at the Pan American Cup where the team won gold
  • Made the All-SEC team, the first Gamecock to do so since 2013
  • Finished the season with 429 kills, the fourth most for a single season in the rally-scoring era and the most by a sophomore in the program's 45-year history
  • Developed into a six-rotation hitter, and had 11 double-doubles, the 21st-most in a single season in program history
  • Her 263 digs were second on the team, and were 147 more than her 2016 total
  • She increased her solo blocks from five in 2016 to 17 in 2017; the 27 solo blocks broke a 15-year-old sophomore record, and are the fourth-most in a single season in the rally-scoring era
  • Became the third sophomore in program history to reach 700 career kills, joining all-time kills leader Lori Rowe (in 1984), and current associate head coach Shonda Cole (in 2004)
  • Hit .284, second-highest on the team; its the highest attack percentage by a hitter with 1,000 or more attempts in a season since Shonda Cole in 2006 and the fourth-highest in program history
  • Hit .419 with 23 kills and 19 digs at Tennessee (11/3)
  • Hit .480 with a career-high 29 kills vs. Missouri (11/8)

  • 2016 (FRESHMAN)
  • Posted one of the best freshman seasons in program history, culminating with a spot on the AVCA All-Region honorable mention team
  • Played in all but one of the team's 106 sets on the season
  • Led the team with 341 kills (3.25 per set) and hit .308, shattering the program's freshman record for hitting percentage in the rally-scoring era
  • Posted one of the best freshman seasons in program history, culminating with a spot on the AVCA All-Region honorable mention team
  • Opened her college career with tournament MVP honors at the College of Charleston Tournament, where she totaled 33 kills and hit .403 over nine sets (8/29)
  • Made the all-tournament team at the Springhill Suites Invitational (9/10), and earned MVP honors again at the Gamecock Invitational (9/17)
  • Had a season-high 23 kills and hit .298 in a five-set comeback win at Mississippi State (11/4)
  • Stunned Georgia with six aces in the three-set win, tied for the second-most in school history for a three-setter (11/6)
  • Hit .368 with 17 kills and 14 digs to help the Gamecocks upset #21 Missouri at home (11/13)
  • Recorded her fifth and final double-double of the season against Arkansas, putting up 18 kills and 10 digs to go with four blocks (11/23)
  • Finished the season with team highs in kills (341) and hitting percentage (.308). She is the first Gamecock since Shonda Cole in 2006 to lead the team in both categories, and is the first since Belita Salters in 2008 to have over 300 kills while also hitting above .300.

  • HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB
  • Played club volleyball for head coach Danny Eleutiza at OVA/TBVA 17 Asics Red
  • Ranked 36th in the 2015 Max Preps Senior Aces Top 100
  • 2014 Class 7A Player of the Year
  • Led her team to the 2015 East Metro Championship
  • Led her high school team to the 7A regional championship
  • Earned the AP Scholar Award for academics at Lake Nona
  • Also competed in track and field for four years, taking after her parents who each competed in track and field at the University of Pittsburgh. Father Brett is part of the school-record-holding Sprint Hurdle Relay team. Mother Najuma holds the indoor and outdoor high jump records, as well as the pentathlon and heptathlon records

  • PERSONAL
  • Daughter of Brett and Najuma Shields
  • Plans to major in Biological Sciences
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