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Mikayla Robinson

  • position MB
  • height 6-2
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown West Dundee, Ill.
  • Major Interdisciplinary Studies
  • High school Harvest Christian Academy
  • position MB
  • height 6-2
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown West Dundee, Ill.
  • Major Interdisciplinary Studies
  • High school Harvest Christian Academy

Mikayla Robinson Bio

AWARDS/HONORS

  • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2018, 2019, 2020-21, 2021 All-SEC Team
  • 2019 AVCA All-Southeast Region Team
  • SEC Player of the Week (11/25/19, 8/30/21)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/25/19, 2/1/21)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week (10/28/19)

2021 (REDSHIRT SENIOR)

  • Missed the final seven games of the season due to a knee injury.
  • Ends her career at South Carolina ranked ninth in kills, fourth in hitting percentage, third in blocks and third in games played.
  • Matched her career high with 16 kills and hit .500 with eight blocks in a win over No. 18 Washington St. (8/27).
  • Hit .348 with 12 kills and added five more blocks in a win over No. 23 Rice (8/28).
  • Totaled four solo blocks with 10 kills on a .350 hitting percentage in a win over UCF (9/3).
  • Hit .591 with 15 kills vs. Georgia, the 2nd-highest hitting percentage in a five-set match in program history.
  • One of four members in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and 400 career blocks.
  • Still earned a spot on the All-SEC team in the postseason, the fifth member of the program to be a four-time honoree since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1991.

2020-21 (SENIOR)

  • Ended the season five blocks away from matching the program’s career block record for the rally scoring era and is 17 kills away from 1,000 for her career. Only three Gamecocks ever have reached 1,000 and 400 blocks in a career.
  • Played in all but two of the team’s 84 sets on the year, finishing with a career-high 2.52 kills per set while hitting .332.
  • Totaled 70 blocks (15) solo, moving her up to fifth in the program’s all-time history for her career (now with 422)
  • Hit .455 with 12 kills and four blocks at Georgia (10/18).
  • Had a season-high 18.5 points at Tennessee, totaling 16 kills and four total blocks in four sets (11/6).
  • Totaled 12 blocks and added 21 kills over eight sets at Alabama, earning her SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors (1/29-30).
  • Passed 400 career blocks in a win vs. No. 25 Missouri, finishing the game hitting .500 with seven kills (2/27).

2019 (JUNIOR)

  • Enjoyed arguably the best two-way performances ever by a South Carolina middle, leading to her second career All-SEC team nod as well as her first spot on the AVCA’s All-Region team for the southeast.
  • Earned three SEC weekly awards during the season: Offensive Player of the Week (10/28), Defensive Player of the Week (11/25) and overall Player of the Week (11/25). Shonda Cole in 2006 was the last Gamecock to win weekly awards in a single season. She is the first Gamecock since 2002 to earn the conference’s Player of the Week honor.
  • Finished second on the team with 277 kills while hitting .337. Her hitting percentage ranked seventh in the SEC and 97th nationally. In the program’s rally-scoring era, her hitting percentage ranks fourth, but highest overall in the last decade (min. 450 attacks).
  • On defense, her 132 total blocks (26 solo) are the second-most by any member of the program in the rally-scoring era and her 26 solo blocks rank second. 
  • In conference matches only, she totaled 96 blocks, more than any conference rival despite the team playing the second-fewest sets (61) in SEC play. She claimed three of the top five highest block totals in the SEC for 2019.
  • Those 96 blocks in conference matches only are more than any member of the program in the rally-scoring era, she also set the record for solo blocks (18).
  • Still with her senior season to come, Robinson is the program’s rally-scoring-era leader for career solo blocks (66), and she ranks third for career block assists (286) and total blocks (352). Only eight other members of the program have surpassed 350 career blocks.
  • Led the team with 10 kills and a .571 hitting percentage against No. 9 Wisconsin (9/13).
  • Hit .611 with a team-high 12 kills and added five blocks in a sweep of Mississippi State (10/6).
  • Blocked 13 balls at Arkansas, adding 11 kills for her second career double-double (10/13).
  • Racked up 14 total blocks (five solo) in the team’s five-set upset of Georgia on Nov. 22, the most by any SEC student-athlete in 2019 and tied her for the third-highest single-game total in conference history. It is the second-highest total by any member of the program in its 48-year history, and most since Libby Ralston set the program record with 16 against Jacksonville on Sept. 6, 1991. 
  • Her five solo blocks against Georgia were the second-most in a match in program history and most by any Gamecock since Teresa Stenlund against Lipscomb on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Powered the team to an upset of No. 10 Colorado State in the NCAA tournament, hitting .481 with 16 kills (12/6).

2018 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Played in every set for the team, starting in all 30 matches
  • Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 1.20 blocks per set in the week of Sept. 3-9. 
  • Averaged 2.12 blocks and 2.50 kills per set to win the honor again on Oct. 1. She is the first Gamecock since Paige Wheeler in 2011 to earn defensive honors twice in a single season.
  • Her 23 solo blocks for the year are the third-most for any Gamecock in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) and are a new sophomore record.
  • Offensively, Robinson’s hitting percentage of .301 also ranks in the top ten for highest in a season during this scoring era.
  • Had a career-high 16 kills in a win over Maryland (9/8). 
  • Set a career high with 11 blocks in the win at Georgia (9/30). She finished with the team’s first kill/block double-double since 2015. 
  • Recorded three solo blocks against No. 11 Florida (10/12). 
  • Hit .429 with 22 kills over nine sets, helping the team to wins over Missouri and Auburn (11/2-4). 
  • Blocked back eight balls (three solo) at Texas A&M, also chipping in 14 kills (11/9). 
  • Hit .500 with 10 kills vs. Colorado (11/30) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

2017 (FRESHMAN)

  • Capped her freshman season with 121 total blocks, third-most for a single season in the rally-scoring era and the most by a freshman in the SEC.
  • Her 104 block assists are the most by a Gamecock freshman since 1990, and her 17 solo blocks are the fourth-most for a season in the rally-scoring era.
  • Her .304 hitting percentage was the second-highest by a freshman in the rally-scoring era.
  • Finished second on the team with 260 kills, the most by a South Carolina middle since 2008.
  • Made the SEC All-Freshman team, the third-straight season the Gamecocks had a representative on the team.
  • Set the program’s rally scoring era record for hitting percentage (.846) vs. Mercer (8/25), the second-highest percentage in program history.
  • Had 11 matches with double-digit kills, highlighted by a season-high 14 against Alabama (10/22).
  • Helped the team upset Auburn thanks to 13 kills and five blocks (10/18), and set a season high with nine blocks in the rematch with the Tigers on Oct. 29.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

  • Ranked 18th overall in the class of 2017 in PrepVolleyball’s Top 100 Senior Aces rankings.
  • High School All-American.
  • VolleyballMag.com Girls Fab 50 team member.
  • Named to the PrepVolleyball “Senior Aces” Top 150 high school players list.
  • Helped Harvest Christian Academy win the 2016 sectional title.

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Marcus and Keyomi, and has one brother – Marcus. Her father played football and ran track at South Carolina, and later went on to play in the NFL for the Chicago Bears.
  • Plans to major in Broadcast Journalism.

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