Student-Athletes came out for the annual awards show to relive the year's accomplishments.
The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team had the most honorees of any team on the 2018 WCC All-Academic Team
The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team finished second at the 2018 WCC Championship for the second time in three years
The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team won both of its matches Friday on the first day of the 2018 WCC Championship
The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team swept the top two pairs matches on Tuesday but California won the dual, 3-2
AS A SENIOR (2017-18)
Indoor: Played in 23 matches for the Gaels ... Led the Gaels with 284 digs ... Recorded her 1,000th career dig at California on Sept. 15 ... Posted double-figure digs in 15 matches, with at least 15 digs in 11 of those ... Had a season-high 24 digs at Gonzaga on Sept. 21 ... Was also third on the team with 24 aces ... Served a career-high five aces versus Santa Clara in the final match of her indoor career on Nov. 21 ... Posted multiple aces in seven matches, including three straight to end the year.
AS A JUNIOR (2016-17)
Beach: Played at the five pair the whole season and finished 11-16 … Played best with Sienna Young finishing 8-8 over Alex O'Sullivan (3-5) and Dominique Dodd (0-3) … Grabbed victories over ranked schools such as California and finished the season 8-4 against West Coast Conference opponents.
Indoor: Played in all but two matches with 92 sets played for SMC … Racked up 351 digs (first on the team) over the season with 17 double-digit digs games and four games with over 20 digs … Her career high came in the first game of the season against Northern Colorado on Aug. 26 with 26 digs … Recorded a season-high two aces against UC Riverside on Sept. 2 … Ranked third on the team with 86 assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2015-16)
Beach: Teamed primarily with Alexis Salmons at the No. 3 spot during the beach season and helped the Gaels to a runner-up finish at the WCC Championship ... Finished the season 8-14 through four different partner changes.
Indoor: Started all 99 sets for the Gaels, leading the team with 390 digs (3.94/set) and finishing with the fourth most aces (17) ... The 390 digs in a season were the 10th most in program history; the 3.94 digs per set ranked fifth all-time and were the seventh most in the conference in 2015 ... Also recorded 72 assists on the year for a .73/set average ... Led the Gaels in digs in 21 of the 28 matches ... Reached double digits in digs in all but three of the team's 28 matches ... Posted a career high with 24 digs on Sept. 5 versus St. John's ... Eclipsed the 20-dig plateau on three other occasions with 21 in a 4-set win at Pepperdine on Oct. 5 and 20 in a 3-set win versus Bethune Cookman on Sep. 5 and again on Oct. 29 in a 5-set loss to Loyola Marymount.
AS A FRESHMAN (2014-15)
Beach: Teamed with Mileva Popovic for much of the sand season, picking up a key win in SMC's 3-2 victory over Oregon at the Stanford Invitational.
Indoor: Played in 58 sets as a true freshman and, together with Milena Popovic and Maegan Conroy, helped to form a trio of liberos for the Gaels ... Averaged 2.84 digs per set and also had 10 aces in her first season in Moraga ... Made her biggest impact to in five-set match against Pepperdine, recording career highs in digs (23) and aces (3) ... Played in all three matches at Utah State, recording 1.80 digs per set in five sets played ... Also contributed in the sand for the Gaels, moving up in the lineup as the season went on and ultimately finishing the year at No. 3 for SMC.
PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S: Native of Midlothian, Texas prepped at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas and played club for Texas Advantage Volleyball Club ... Helped lead Bishop Lynch to back to back TAPPS 5A state championships in 2012 and 2013 and was named to the All-Tournament team in both title runs ... A varsity player as a freshman, Wilkerson finished her career at Bishop Lynch as a team captain ... Named Bishop Lynch's Best Defensive Player as a junior and senior ... As a member of the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club, Wilkerson played a part in the club's 17 Open gold medal run in 2013. Also helped the club win bronze in the 18 Open division in 2014 and silver in the 16 Open division in 2012.
|Get To Know Madi Wilkerson Favorite volleyball memory: Winning Nationals in the 17-Open division. Favorite holiday: The 4th of July because I love to celebrate our great nation with everyone! What do you love most about Saint Mary's: The environment. What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: I love the team culture we have here at Saint Mary's. It's very family oriented and we all love and respect each other enough to where we can have vulnerability based trust. These are special relationships that I will never forget. Favorite food or meal: Avocados and blackberries. Top 3 songs: Run by George Strait, Are You With Me by Easton Corbin, Two Dozen Roses by Shenandoah Favorite books: Every book by Kathy Reichs. Favorite movies: The Shooter, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Wyatt Earp. Personal hobbies: Watching movies. Personal motto or favorite quote: "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keeep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." - Rocky VI One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Have a family. Describe yourself in one word: Driven.|
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BVB | Gaels Sweep Through Day 1 of WCC Championship
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