Each Wednesday, Prep Rally uncovers the story behind the most remarkable standards in high school sports for our Unbroken Records series. This week: Killing two birds.
Setting a national prep sports standard is hard enough. Establishing two is just ridiculous. But etching your name into the record books twice in a single match is flat-out unheard of.
Yet, former Valley Christian High (El Cajon, Calif.) standout Katie Wilkins set two single-match records that are still standing 14 years later, when she amassed 61 kills and 28 blocks against Parker High (San Diego, Calif.) in 1999.
By season's end, Wilkins owned the first, second and seventh most kills in a single match, adding 54 against San Diego's University City High and 47 versus Calvin Christian (Escondido, Calif.). Only one player has even broken 50 since, and nobody has done so since 2000, when Jennifer Saleaumua totaled 57 kills for Bonita Vista High (Chula Vista, Calif.). Wilkins' 982 kills as a senior ranks second in prep history, trailing only Jenna Lange's 1,063 at Marlette High (Marlette, Mich.) in 2007.
Wilkins' 28 blocks in that 1999 match have also stood the test of time. She broke the 12-year-old record of 25 set by Mother McAuley's (Chicago, Ill.) Eileen Hughes in 1987, and only two preps have broken 20 since: Swanton High (Swanton, Ohio) star Trish Brashear logged 21 in 2000, and Benet Academy's (Lisle, Ill.) Jordan Wilson recorded 24 in 2001.
Not bad for a girl who was cut from her middle school volleyball team and considered herself a work in progress as a 6-foot-4 middle blocker in high school.
"I was pretty clumsy," Wilkins told the Los Angeles Times in 2003. "Always being tall, it wasn't until about 10th grade that I wasn't tripping over my own feet."
Not to worry. Things turned out OK for Wilkins (now Katie Kimmich). A three-time All-American at Pepperdine, she went on to play professionally in South Korea and has served as a member of Team USA since 2002.
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