Senior becomes program's first first-team All-NE pick in 14 years
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior women's volleyball player Katie Wilson (Pittsburg, CA) has become the first member of the program to earn All-New England honors from the ECAC when she was selected to the first team today.
A 6-foot-2 inch middle hitter, Wilson becomes the program's first first-team All-New England pick by either the ECAC or New England Women's Volleyball Assocation (NEWVA) since E-Club Hall-of-Fame setter Michelle Cunningham repeated as a first-team NEWVA selection in 1998 in her fourth season on the team.
A total of 13 players were named to the ECAC team - seven to the first team and six to the second - with an Offensive Player-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year also chosen. The team was selected by a vote of the volleyball coaches or their designee from the ECAC Division III New England membership.
Wilson was the only middle hitter chosen to either the first or second team and was among four honorees from the Little East Conference.
Last month, Wilson was chosen to the NEWVA Senior Classic and was also a first-team all-star to the Little East Conference all-conference team.
A three-year letterwinner at Eastern after transferring from the Division II level, Wilson ranked third in NCAA Division III with an average of 5.40 points per set and 11th with an average of 4.21 kills per set. She led the conference in points (626.5) and points per set, kills (488) and kills per set, was second in attack percentage (.302), and tied for fifth in service aces per set (0.53).
Wilson concluded her Eastern career as one of eight players all-time with at least 1,000 kills (8th/1,007) and ranked fifth all-time in attack percentage (.286). She became only the second player in program history with as many as 1,000 kills and 100 block solos (107).
Wilson totaled at least 20 kills in five of the last six matches of her career, attacking at .346 in that final stretch, averaging 52 attempts per match, and posting a career-high 30 kills Oct. 20 against Salve Regina University.
Behind Wilson, Eastern won 19 and lost 14 and qualified for its first post-season tournament since 2007 with a berth in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.