USA WOMEN'S PLAYER PROFILE

Katie Wilkins 

#8 - Katie Wilkins

Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-4 (193cm)
Weight: 81kg
Hometown: Lakeside, Calif.
College: Pepperdine
Birth Date: May 10, 1982
Joined Team: May 2002

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2007 – Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)...World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)...NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal). 2006 - Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 2005 – FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2007 – Compiled team-high 3.50 points per set during Pan American Cup…Turned in international career-highs 24 points, seven blocks and 17 kills versus Dominican Republic on June 23…Matched career-high of 17 kills in a rematch against Dominican Republic on June 29…Played 26 of 36 sets at FIVB World Grand Prix averaging 2.77 points and 0.50 blocks per set. 2006 – Averaged 3.08 points and a team-leading 2.68 kills per set on seven-match tour of Italy from March 22 to April 2 with USA National Training Team…Produced team-high 12 points in three-set match against Poland on May 26 at Chicago…Played in the Pan American Cup in June and July, scoring 99 points…Scored a match-high 12 points against Barbados…Played in 34 of 43 sets during the World Championships, including seven match starts…Averaged 2.88 points, 1.97 kills, 0.29 aces and 1.26 digs per set…Ranked 18th in blocks during the World Championships…Recorded team-high 15 points versus Puerto Rico on Nov. 5 in the final match of the World Championship first round. 2005 – Selected as a member of the USA Women’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…Earned a gold medal as Team USA won its third-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a five-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 11…The USA Women qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the win…Also earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Women qualified for the 2006 World Championships.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2003 – Capped a stellar career at Pepperdine by earning first-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the first time after a pair of second-team accolades…Named West Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third-straight season…Averaged 5.31 kills, 2.06 digs and 0.94 blocks per game as a senior as the Waves rode to its highest-ever national ranking. Wilkins hit .309 on the season and ended her career with more than 1,600 kills…Wilkins is the first volleyball player in the program's history to be named All-America in three seasons. 2002 – Named second team All-American by the AVCA for the second-straight year...Selected to the All-Pacific Region team by the AVCA...Tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Year and was a first-team All-WCC selection…Led the Waves with a career-high 521 kills and 1,280 kill attempts...Invited to train in the USA Volleyball National A2 Program and the USA Women's National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the summer of 2002. 2001 – Named second team All-American by the AVCA and was a third-team choice by Volleyball Magazine...Selected to the All-Pacific Region team by the AVCA...Tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Year and was a first-team All-WCC selection...Led Pepperdine, the WCC and tied for No. 11 nationally with a 4.96 kills-per-game average. 2000 – Appeared in 24 matches and played in 55 games...Totaled 123 kills, seven service aces, 94 digs and 23 total blocks.

PERSONAL: Full name Katherine Rae Wilkins...Born May 10, 1982 in San Diego, Calif...Parents are Larry and Laurie Wilkins…Has an older brother, Tobin…Was a 2000 graduate of Christian High in El Cajon, Calif....A resident of Lakeside, California...Considered attending Arizona, Loyola Marymount and UCLA before deciding on Pepperdine...Says she admires her father because he "is the most selfless person I know"...Favorite food is clam dip.

20 Questions with Katie Wilkins

What are the top songs in your iPod?
Maroon 5- Secret, The Fray – Over my Head, Hope – Bring me Flowers, 311 - Love Song

What kind of car do you drive?
White Ford Explorer on Dubs (my friends say I’m ghetto)

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time?

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
I’d like to open my own daycare

What is your favorite television program?
It used to be Friends, but now I like sitting around watching Grey’s Anatomy in Diddy and Cassie’s room with all the girls while we yell at the TV

What is your favorite movie?
Sixteen Candles

Who is the most under-rated player on the women’s national team?
Tom Hogan or Coach Lee…it’s a toss up

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
Night Person

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Sleep…anything to avoid the barf bag

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
The life experiences we get from traveling all over the world, experiencing different cultures, and realizing how blessed we are as Americans

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
Tennis or the Antenna game (for those of you who don’t know what these games are, neither of them have anything to do with volleyball, hence the appeal)

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Gymnastics

What is your favorite food?
My moms clam dip or my Dad’s steak

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
Marmalades in Malibu

What is your hometown best known for?
The best weather in the Country!!

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
A house in San Diego so my brother and sister-in-law could move back home.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to Fly

What is your favorite holiday?
Nothing beats Christmas

What is your motto?
Work hard, Play hard!

What is your pet peeve?
Bad drivers

Posted and updated: Oct. 9, 2007

 

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