Geary has 27 kills for Vikings, two shy of career high
COLLEGE: Finished 10th among school career leaders in blocks with 318 and attack percentage at .273, and 14th in kills with 880Second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star as senior in 2011 ... Also Verizon CoSIDA District 8 and GNAC academic all-star ... Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Labor Day Classic all-tournament pick ... Played in all 22 matches and 80 sets ... Credited with 256 kills (3.20) and team-best 81 blocks (1.01) ... Also had 32 digs, 14 assists and 12 service aces ... Had .309 hitting percentage with 82 errors on 563 attempts ... Posted 15 double-figure kill matches and 11 with .300 or better hitting, and had eight matches with 5 or more blocks ... Had career-high 23 kills with .613 attack percentage vs. Alaska Fairbanks on 9/22/11 ... Honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American as junior in 2010 ... First-team Daktronics West Region all-star and GNAC Player of the Year, being only unanimous GNAC first-team all-star ... GNAC Academic all-star for second straight season ... GNAC Player of the Week ... Saw action in all 24 matches and all 84 sets ... Ranked first among league leaders in aces (46, 0.55), second in points (370, 4.40), and fourth in blocks (93, 1.11), kills (267, 3.18) and attack percentage (.306), being team leader in all five categories ... Had .306 kill percentage with 81 errors in 608 attempts ... Had 14 double-figure kill matches and 13 with .300 attack percentage or better ... Had three matches over .600 - .684 (14-1-19) vs. Montana State Billings on 10/7/10, .650 (13-0-20 vs. Alaska Anchorage on 10/21/10 and .611 (13-2-18) vs. Simon Fraser on 10/30/10 ... Had career-highs of 11 blocks vs. UC San Diego at GNAC Challenge Classic on 9/4/10 and 7 aces vs. Alaska Fairbanks on 10/23/10 ... Had eight matches with five or blocks and seven matches with three or more aces ... Second-team GNAC all-star and GNAC academic all-star as sophomore in 2009 ... GNAC Player of the Week ... Played in all 27 matches and in all 99 sets ... Ranked second among league leaders in blocks with 111 (1.12), sixth in points (3.78), seventh in attack percentage at .255 and 12th in kills with 279 (2.82) ... Team leader in attack percentage and blocks, and tied for team lead in service aces with 26 (0.26) ... Had 17 double-figure kill matches ... Had .609 (14-0-23) kill percentage at Montana State Billings on 10/17/09 ... Had 10 blocks at Central Washington on 11/07/09, having 12 matches with five or more blocks ... Played in 23 matches and 76 sets as freshman in 2008 ... Had 97 kills (1.28) and .189 attack percentage with 43 errors in 285 attempts ... Also had 35 blocks (0.46) and 24 digs (0.32) ... Four letters.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Associated Press Class 3A all-State, Tri-City Herald all-Area and all-Columbia Basin League selection as senior at Kamiakin High School ... State all-tournament pick and played in senior all-state series ... Led Braves to 26-3 record, league, district and regional titles; and sixth place at state tourney ... Had 387 kills, 161 blocks, 53 service aces and .412 attack percentage, all team highs. ... Team captain for second straight season ... Seattle Times Athlete of the Week ... Second-team all-Area and first-team all-league as junior on league championship squad ... Honorable mention all-league as sophomore ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned four letters in track and field.
PERSONAL: Major is finance ... Her older sister, Erica, played volleyball at Portland State University ... Her younger sister, Elise, competes in track at Eastern Washington University ... Her mother, Laura, played volleyball at Washington State University.
By T.J. Cotterill, Sports Editor, The Western Front
The Great Northwest Athletic Conference got to see plenty of Western volleyball player Emily Jepsen last year. After she ranked in the top five in nearly every statistic in the conference, including a conference-best 46 service aces, most teams were hoping it was the last they'd see of her.
Unfortunately for them, that just isn't going to happen.
Despite playing like a senior last season, the reigning GNAC Player of the Year is just starting her fourth and final campaign with the Vikings.
"If everyone expects me to be the best, then I'm just going to go out and prove that I am," Jepsen said. "It just means teams are going to come in thinking I'm good and play hard against me. But we have so many good players that it would be a mistake for them to do that."
Jepsen is so imposing because she is a complete player. In blocks, she ranked fourth in the conference with 1.11 per set and 93 total. Her 3.18 kills per set and .318 hit average were good for fourth-best in each of those categories as well.
She averaged 4.4 points a set -- second-best in the conference.
After Jepsen led the Vikings to a 16-2 record and a share of the conference title alongside Seattle Pacific University, the conference named her its top player.
"I went into every single game thinking, `I want to be the best middle blocker on the court,' or, `I want people to have to make adjustments to me,'" Jepsen said. "Of course I'm always going to think I'm the best out there, but to have coaches say that about you, too, is a pretty good feeling."
Seattle Pacific returns all but one starter from last season's co-championship with Western. The Vikings, however, lost All-American libero Allison Gotz and strong setter Kari Rice.
Jepsen isn't worried.
"The people we bring back are the same, only better, and the people who are filling in for the seniors have such a different style than the people who left," she said.
In the end, it just means teams can expect to see a lot more of Jepsen this time around. That's unfortunate for them.