AUSTIN, Texas – Johnson & Wales University student-athlete Kate Walker continues to make history for the women's volleyball program. The team's first First-Team All-American, she added another award to her resume with the program's first Academic All-America award.
Walker (Oakland, Calif.) was voted Second-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is one of six volleyball student-athletes this year to be named AVCA All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American.
A clinical psychology major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, she joins Emily Gorecki (softball – 2017) and Stephen Jarrell (wrestling – 2017) as the only JWU student-athletes to garner the award.
Being the first JWU women's volleyball player to accomplish a feat has become the norm for Walker. She earned the school's first AVCA First-Team All-America honor after collecting the first AVCA New England Region Player of the Year award.
For the second year in a row, Walker has led the NCAA in hitting percentage. She reset her own school record with a rate of .472 and is now the JWU career leader at .454 percent. Walker led the GNAC and was among the national leaders at 0.88 blocks per set while averaging 2.70 kills per set.
Johnson & Wales made history by winning the NCAA Regional championship for the first time and advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals. JWU returns all of its starters next year off a team that went 35-1.