Senior Kim Turner is Utah's first-ever volleyball All-American.
Dec. 17, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY -
Senior Kim Turner, co-captain of the Utah volleyball team, has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America third team. She is Utah's first-ever All-American in volleyball.
"I'm happy for Kim, because she worked hard for this," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "She made the decision to go after it and made it happen this year. Kim is an All-American in every aspect - she's a great player and made the players around her better."
"This is obviously big for our program, too, because Kim has set the standard for other Utah players to do the same," Launiere continued.
Turner, the Co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row, led the MWC in hitting percentage (.434) and points per game (5.61), and ranked second in kills (4.53) and blocks (1.47). During conference play, she had 231 kills, the top season total in conference matches in MWC history. In addition, her .434 season hitting percentage in conference play was good for third place all-time in the MWC.
Turner reached double-digit kills in 30 of 31 matches this season and had nine double-doubles and two triple-doubles on the year. The all-time MWC leader in both kills and blocks, Turner led Utah in blocks in 23 of 31 matches and in kills 16 times.
Turner ended her career ranked first in the Utah career record books in kills (1,620), total blocks (670), block assists (589) and hitting percentage (.324), third in block solos (81) and fourth in attempts (3,306). She posted at least one block in 127 of her 128 career matches, including 125 straight.
Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 12 athletes. The awards will be presented Dec. 19, 2003, at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet at the Dallas Wyndham Anatole Hotel.
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.
Members of the first-, second- and third-teams are listed below:
2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST-TEAM Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown Emily Adams^ USC MB Jr. 6-6 Phoenix, Ariz. Cassie Busse# Minnesota RS/Opp Sr. 6-2 Prior Lake, Minn. Bibiana Candelas USC MB So. 6-5 Torreon, Mexico Aury Cruz^* Florida OH Sr. 5-11 Levittown, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Kele Eveland Georgia Tech S Sr. 5-11 Grand Rapids, Mich. Lauren Goehring Kansas State MB Sr. 6-0 Fort Worth, Texas Jennifer Joines#$& Pacific MB Sr. 6-3 Milpitas, Calif. Ogonna Nnamani#$ Stanford OH Jr. 6-1 Normal, Ill. April Ross^& USC OH Sr. 6-2 Newport Beach, Calif. Cara Smith# Penn State MB Sr. 6-1 Lafayette, Ind. Katie Wilkins#$ Pepperdine OH Sr. 6-4 Lakeside, Calif. Kim Willoughby^* Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-0 Napoleonville, La.
2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND-TEAM Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown Keao Burdine USC OH Jr. 6-1 Pico Rivera, Calif. Melissa Elmer Nebraska MB So. 6-2 Fort Wayne, Ind. Paula Gentil@ Minnesota Lib So. 5-9 Forteleaza Ceara, Brazil Stacey Gordon^$ Ohio State OH Jr. 5-11 Oshawa, Ontario, Canada Jennifer Harvey Stanford MB Sr. 6-5 Denver, Colo. Benavia Jenkins@$ Florida MB Sr. 6-0 Ft. Pierce, Fla. Mia Jerkov@ California OH Jr. 6-3 Split, Croatia Lily Kahumoku^% Hawai'i OH Sr. 6-2 Lubbock, Texas Melissa Munsch Texas A&M MB Jr. 6-2 Columbus, Texas Sanja Tomasevic Washington OH Jr. 6-1 Uzice, Yugoslavia Sam Tortorello Penn State S So. 5-11 Shorewood, Ill. Sherri Williams Florida MB Jr. 6-2 Orlando, Fla.
2003 AVCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD-TEAM Player Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown Lisa Argabright Illinois MB Sr. 6-5 Louisville, Ky. Julie DuPont Cincinnati OH Jr. 6-0 Muskego, Wisc. Jennifer Fopma Cal State Northridge MB Sr. 6-3 Bellflower, Calif. Kim Glass# Arizona OH So. 6-3 Lancaster, Pa. Wendy Hatlestad Pittsburgh OH Sr. 6-3 Roseville, Minn. Kanoe Kamana'o Hawai'i S Fr. 5-8 Honolulu, Hawai'i Erin Moore Michigan MB Sr. 6-0 Tiffin, Ohio Lynnette Moster# Georgia Tech OH Jr. 5-10 Liberty, Ind. Becky Potter# Santa Clara MB Sr. 6-0 Clovis, Calif. Kim Turner Utah MB Sr. 6-2 Chandler, Ariz. Linette White SW Missouri State MB Sr. 5-10 Oklahoma City, Okla. Kelly Wing UC Irvine OH Jr. 5-11 Murrieta, Calif.
^ indicates 2002 AVCA First-Team All-America selection * indicates 2001 AVCA First-Team All-America selection % indicates 2000 AVCA First-Team All-America selection # indicates 2002 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection $ indicates 2001 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection & indicates 2000 AVCA Second-Team All-America selection @ indicates 2002 AVCA Third-Team All-America selection