Jan. 3, 2013
SEATTLE - Husky volleyball started the new year off with a great piece of news today, as outside hitter Kylin Muñoz will get to enjoy another "senior moment" in 2013. The All-Pac-12 honorable mention will be back in uniform for the Dawgs this fall, as Brigham Young University, where Muñoz originally committed out of high school, granted her a full release from her letter of intent.
After signing to play for BYU, Muñoz had a change of heart and elected to become a Husky, but that decision carried with it a loss of one year of eligibility. She sat out the 2009 season, then played the past three years, improving each season into one of the Pac-12's most well-rounded players this year. Muñoz and the Huskies treated this past season as her last, but BYU maintained the ability to release Muñoz from her commitment, restoring a year of eligibility, and saw fit to do so.
Muñoz expressed gratitude to BYU for allowing her to further her collegiate experience.
"Words cannot describe how appreciative I am of (BYU Athletic Director) Tom Holmoe, (BYU Head Coach) Shawn Olmstead and Brigham Young University for allowing me this opportunity," said Muñoz. "It demonstrates how they truly care about the student-athletes as individuals and reflects why Brigham Young was on my final list of schools to begin with."
Washington Head Coach Jim McLaughlin was thrilled that Muñoz would be given the opportunity to play one more year.
"This was only made possible because Brigham Young University was willing to entertain Kylin's request and, in doing so, take into consideration her unique set of circumstances," said McLaughlin. "We are grateful to Tom Holmoe and his staff for the time and attention they gave to this matter. It would have been very easy for BYU to dismiss Ky's request, but they really took the time to look at all the facts in making the decision to grant her a belated release. Ky is an exceptional young lady who is the epitome of the term `student-athlete.' She is a very good student and an outstanding volleyball player who will help us immensely next year, but she is an even better person. She makes good decisions in everything she does and players on our team and in the community will continue to benefit from her example."
"This is a tremendous outcome both for her and for our program," McLaughlin said.
A Monroe, Wash. native, the 6-1 Muñoz had her best season yet in 2012, helping the Huskies to a 25-7 record and a trip to the NCAA round of 16. She was the only outside hitter ranked in the top-10 in blocks in the Pac-12, and the only player in the top-10 in both blocks and service aces. She finished seventh with 1.22 blocks per set, and third in the Pac-12 with 0.32 aces per set, despite not joining the regular service rotation until after conference play began. Muñoz's 3.23 points per set was second on the Huskies behind Krista Vansant, and her .263 was a big career-best. She earned All-Pacific Region honorable mention in addition to her All-Pac-12 honor. Muñoz also earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention this season.
"I am deeply grateful and excited for the opportunity to extend my career here as a Husky," said Muñoz. "There is no better feeling then playing in Alaska Airlines Arena and I am excited I get another run at it. I am even more thankful to spend another year with such a supportive and elite team and staff."