USC Women's Volleyball Inks Three Of The Nation's Top Prep Players

Nov. 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Three of the nation's top high school women's volleyball players -- Emily Adams of Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., Alicia Robinson of Central High in Phoenix, Ariz., and Keao Burdine of La Habra (Calif.) High -- have signed letters of intent with USC, interim head coach Jerritt Elliott announced today.

'I think this class could be judged as the top recruiting class in thecountry which means we'll have the No. 1 class for the second consecutiveyear,' said Elliott whose 2000 class was ranked No. 1 by Volleyballmagazine. 'Adding this recruiting class to the group of freshmen wecurrently have on the squad will definitely bring USC to the forefront ofcollegiate volleyball.'

Adams, a 6-foot-5 middle blocker who was honored as the 1999 Arizona state and region Player of the Year, led Xavier to three state championships (1997, 1998 and 2000) and a second place finish as a junior (1999). As a senior, she guided the Gators to a 37-1 record and a No. 8 national ranking. She is the daughter of Alvin Adams, a former center for the NBA's Phoenix Suns for 13 years. Adams has also excelled in the classroom, as she entered her senior year with a 4.4 cumulative GPA and is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and Dean's List.

'With tremendous size and skill, Emily is going to make a huge impact onthis team next year,' said Elliott. 'She is a very versatile player whocan play in the middle or on the right and possesses a strong presence atthe net.'

A 6-foot-1 outside hitter, Robinson earned Paul Mitchell All-America third team honors in 1999 and started on the junior national team in the NORCECA Zone Championships under current USC head coach Mick Haley. Among her many accolades, Robinson is listed among All-Stater Sports Super 75. Robinson is also the daughter of a former Phoenix Sun, power forward Truck Robinson and a Arizona club teammate of Adams.

'Alicia brings a real physical presence to the team and she is the mostpowerful attacker among this year's recruits,' said Elliott. 'She is anexplosive player whose been highly sought after.'

A 6-foot-1 outside hitter, Burdine led La Habra to its seventh-consecutive league title and fourth CIF section championship in 1999. Following her junior season, she earned 1999 All-CIF Southern Section and All-Freeway League honors. The Highlanders finished 20-2 overall and were unbeaten in league. Prior to her senior year, she also joined Robinson as a member of the U.S.A. junior national team as the duo guided the U.S.A. to a sixth-place finish.

'Keao is a fluid and versatile player who has tremendous speed on thecourt,' said Elliott. 'Aside from her physical talents, she is also a veryintelligent volleyball player.

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