Kim Hill Named West Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year
June 7, 2012
Kim Hill's Acceptance Speech
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Senior women's volleyball player Kim Hill added to her already long list of awards this season, winning the prestigious West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Wednesday at the WCC Honors Dinner held in the Coeur d'Alene Golf and Spa Resort.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) becomes the eighth Wave in school history to take home the award, joining Julie Rubenstein (2009, WVB), Richard Johnson (2007, MTEN), Nick Kliebert (2006, BASE), Michael Putnam (2005, MGOLF), Katherine Hull (2003, WGOLF) Rick Hirtensteiner (1987, BASE) and Dick Skophammer (1976, MBKB) on the exclusive list.
The 6-foot-4 opposite side hitter played a vital role in Pepperdine's run to the NCAA Regional Final in Honolulu, Hawaii last December. The Waves finished the regular season with a 22-6 record and won the WCC title with a 15-1 record.
In the postseason, the Waves shut out Missouri State, North Carolina and Kansas State before suffering a narrow 3-2 decision to USC in the Elite Eight.
Hill paced the squad the entire season with 3.93 kill/set earned on a .289 hitting percentage. During the postseason, she amped up her performance with 4.21 kills/set.
Her long laundry list of awards this year include AVCA All-American first team, AVCA All-Pacific Region first team, WCC Player of the Year, Lowe's Senior CLASS first team, two-time WCC Player of the Month, four-time WCC Player of the Week, and WCC All-Academic first team.
The senior leaves the indoor court with her named inked in several spots in the Pepperdine record book. She ranks No. 6 all-time with 1,300 kills and is tied for third with 376 blocks.
Hill tallied 472 kills during her senior campaign - a statistic that ranks as the fourth most by a Wave in a single season during the rally scoring era.
Continuing on to sand volleyball, Hill and Co. captured the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Team Championship during the emerging sport's inaugural season.
She and partner Lilla Frederick (Huntington Beach, Calif./Cornelia Connelly HS) earned the No. 1 seed in the national pairs championship, and reached the semifinals of the 16-team single elimination tournament.
Hill also picked up AVCA All-American honors and is the first and only student-athlete to make the first-team roster in both sand and indoor volleyball during the same year.
In the classroom, Hill graduated with her undergraduate degree in religion with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40. During her final semester, she turned in a 3.83 GPA.
Hill is expected to return for the 2013 sand volleyball season to take advantage of her final year of eligibility.