Volleyball Adds Emily Burns to Roster

Former JC star Emily Burns joins the Aztec volleyball program this spring.
Jan. 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State volleyball head coach Deitre Collins-Parker has announced the addition of junior college standout Emily Burns (Valencia, Calif.) to the Aztec roster. Burns, who starred for two seasons at College of the Canyons, is currently enrolled at SDSU and will be eligible to participate in spring workouts in preparation for the 2018 campaign next fall.

“Emily is coming off a highly successful junior college season,” Collins-Parker said. She will add depth to the outside hitter position, and we expect her to step right in, bringing her ability to terminate to our arsenal. We are thrilled Emily is able to join us this spring, which will give her time to integrate into our program.”

In 2017, Burns was named Western State Conference, South Division Player of the Year after posting 502 kills in 31 matches for an average of 4.61 per set, which ranked second and fifth in the state, respectively. The 6-2 outside hitter also landed in the seventh spot with 67 services aces, helping College of the Canyons to the semifinals of the California Community College Athletic Association championship tournament.

In addition, Burns recorded 177 digs (1.62/set) and 79 blocks (0.72/set) to go along with a .329 hitting percentage, as the Cougars rolled to a 25-6 overall record, highlighted by their fourth league title in the last five years, followed by a pair of victories in the regional playoffs. For the season, she totaled 30 double-digit kill performances, including a career-high 38 put-aways at El Camino College on Sept. 15, while hitting over .300 in 21 matches, including seven with a .500 or better attack percentage.

During her freshman season, Burns earned all-WSC honors after averaging 3.75 kills and 1.29 digs per set to go with 49 blocks, 29 aces. She hit .366 on the year, including 19 matches above .300 to lift COC to a 19-6 record.

As a prep, Burns graduated from Valencia High School, where she merited Foothill League Player of the Year and first-team all-CIF honors to go with all-Santa Clarita Valley recognition.

San Diego State completed another successful campaign in 2017, tying for third in the Mountain West with a 10-8 record.

After the season, four Aztecs garnered all-MW accolades, including Deja Harris and Devyn Pritchard, who both earned spots on the all-conference team, while Alexis Cage and Baylee Little received honorable mention.

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