Dec 17- Katie Wilkins, a 6-4 senior outside hitter from Lakeside, Calif., was named first team AVCA All-America, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today. Wilkins is a three-time All-American and three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year. She averaged 5.31 kills, 2.06 digs and 0.94 blocks per game as the Waves rode to its highest ever national ranking. Wilkins hit .309 on the season and ended her career with over 1,600 kills.
Wilkins was the only West Coast Conference player named to either the first or second team. She has twice been selected to the second team, but never the first. Wilkins becomes the first volleyball player in the program's history to be named All-America in three seasons.
Wilkins will be flown to Dallas to be presented her award on Dec. 19, 2003, at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel.
Top-ranked USC placed three members on the first team (Emily Adams, Bibiana Candelas and April Ross) and one on the second team (Keao Burdine). Pacific's Jennifer Joines was selected AVCA All-American for the fourth time. Amber Holmquist is a three-time AVCA All-American and repeat first-team choice. Florida's Aury Cruz and Hawaii's Kim Willoughby were selected to the AVCA All-America First-Team for the third consecutive season. The three combined teams boast five players that also received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2003. Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 athletes, while the AVCA Honorable Mention All-American category was added this season. The AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 19 at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet.
The selections are made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: chair - Janice Kruger, Maryland; Pi'i Aiu, Colorado; John Dunning, Stanford; Burt Fuller, Utah State; Judy Green, Alabama; Jill Hirschinger, New Hampshire; Nancy Mueller, South Florida; Pete Waite, Wisconsin.