Katie Wilkins Named WCC Player of the Month

Dec. 3, 2003

Pepperdine outside hitter, Katie Wilkins, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for November, officials announced today. Wilkins also earned the honor in September.

During the month of November, Wilkins posted a .358 hitting percentage, good enough for second in the WCC during the month. Her 5.38 kills per game average was tops in the league, while Wilkins led the Waves to a 7-0 record in November. This is the second time this season Wilkins has earned WCC Player of the Month honors.

Wilkins guided the No. 4 Waves to its third straight undefeated league season. For her efforts, she was named the WCC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season--the first ever. She averaged 5.33 kills per game and posted a .300 hitting percentage in conference play. Against No. 8 UCLA, Wilkins amassed her 1,600th career kill and became only the eighth WCC player to ever do so. She finished in the Top 10 in five of eight statistical categories including (ranking in parenthesis): kills (tied-first), points (first), hitting percentage (sixth), blocks (tenth), and aces (fourth). For the Waves, she led in block solos, kills, aces, hitting percentage and points.

Wilkins did not only lead in the conference, but she made strides on the NCAA national level as well. For the entire season, Wilkins remained in the Top 20 in the nation in kills per game and completed last week at No. 17. Furthermore, as the Waves leader, she helped propel her team to a Top 3 ranking in the NCAA in kills the week of Oct. 17 and currently the Waves are ranked No. 8 in total kills on the season.

Katie Wilkins, Pepperdine (Senior, OH) Pepperdine Record: 25-2; 14-0 WCC .358 hitting percentage; 5.38 kills per game; 1.03 blocks per game; 1.90 dig per game; 6.41 points per game

Other Nominees:

Kealani Kimball, Loyola Marymount (Senior, OH) LMU Record: 25-6; 10-4 WCC .285 hitting percentage; 4.36 kills per game; 0.68 blocks per game; 4.94 points per game

Heather Denison, Portland (Senior, OH) Portland Record: 11-18; 1-13 WCC .340 hitting percentage; 4.45 kills per game; 2.77 digs per game; 4.50 points per game

Jill Parmele, Saint Mary's (Senior, OH) Saint Mary's Record: 20-12; 6-8 WCC .178 hitting percentage; 4.78 kills per game; 2.93 digs per game; 5.26 points per game

Becky Potter, Santa Clara (Senior, MB) Santa Clara Record: 20-10; 11-3 WCC .317 hitting percentage, 4.92 kills per game, 3.04 dig per game, 1.54 blocks per game, 6.12 points per game



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