Wichita State sophomore first baseman Cacy Williams earned Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player and Newcomer for the Year honors on Wednesday. She is the first athlete to win both honors in the same season.
Williams, from Platte City, Mo., leads the MVC with a .422 batting average, an .813 slugging percentage, 57 runs and 16 home runs. Loyola pitcher Brittany Gardner was named Most Valuable Pitcher.
WSU also received the Coaching Staff of the Year honors for coach Kristi Bredbenner, in her third season, and assistants Samantha Ricketts and Samantha Sheeley. The top-seeded Shockers (34-20, 21-6 MVC) begin play in the MVC Tournament on Friday in Normal, Ill.
WSU won its first MVC title after it was picked eighth in the preseason coaches poll. The Shockers went 19-33 with a 10-15 MVC record in 2013. It had not finished with a winning MVC record since 2007.
Catcher Melanie Jaegers and outfielder Brittany Fortner joined Williams on the All-MVC team. Outfielder Paige Luellen earned a spot on the second team.