Kim (Turner) Howard was the first All-American in Utah volleyball history.
Aug 27, 2013
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Match 1: Fairfield (Away) vs. Northern Iowa (Home)
Match 2: Utah State at Utah
Match 3: Northern Iowa (Away) vs. Utah State (Home)
Match 4: Fairfield at Utah
Match 5: Fairfield (Away) vs. Utah State (Home)
Match 6: Northern Iowa at Utah
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah volleyball program's first-All-American, Kim (Turner) Howard, has been invited to deliver the first serve before Friday's season-opener against Utah State at 7 p.m. MT in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
"The Huntsman Center is the new home for Utah Volleyball," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "I asked Kim to come back for the inaugural serve to move from the past to the future. Kim was our program's first All-American and was a big part of establishing Utah Volleyball's great tradition. We won a lot in Crimson Court and want to create that same kind of pride in the JHC."
(Turner) Howard donned a Utah uniform from 2000 through 2003 and captured AVCA Third-Team All-American accolades in 2003. She was among the top players in the country that season, ranking 18th in the nation in blocks per set (1.48) and 31st in hitting percentage (.367). Turner's senior year ended with Co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year as she led the MWC in hitting percentage (.434) and points per set (5.61) during league matches. Against conference foes, she set what was then the league's single-season record with 231 kills.
A 6-2 middle blocker from Chandler, Ariz., who wore jersey number 15, Turner (Howard) ended her four-year Ute career as the all-time career leader in kills (1,620), total blocks (670), block assists (589) and is now second in hitting percentage (.326). Her 1,620 career kills is also the most in MWC history.
(Turner) Howard claimed All-Mountain-West Conference First-Team status all four years and was also a four-time Academic All-MWC honoree as well. She was selected to the AVCA All-Region Team team three times, earning first-team recognition in 2002 and 2003, to go with a pair of MWC Tournament MVP awards in 2001 and 2002.
To add to her list of honors, Turner was the MWC's Player of the Week nine times over her career (once in 2000, four times in 2002 and four times in 2003) and a 2001 Volleyball Magazine Honorable Mention All-American. During her debut campaign at Utah in 2000, Turner earned the MWC Freshman of the Year award and was an MWC All-Tournament Team selection.
Friday night's contest against Utah State marks Utah's first match in its new permanent home, the Jon M. Huntsman Center, as part of the 2013 Utah Classic. The Utes will also face Fairfield on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT, before playing Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. MT that day.