Returning All-American Emily Adams enters her fourth season with the Women of Troy... A team co-captain... At 6-foot-6, she is the tallest player to ever play for USC... Currently tops USC career records in attack percentage, ranks ninth in solo blocks and fifth in blocks per game... Trained with the USA A2 Women's National Team in Atlanta, Ga., this summer... Also spent two months in Geneva, Switzerland on a internship with the World Trade Organization.
2003 Junior Season
As a team co-captain, Adams led the Women of Troy to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP... Earned her second-straight AVCA All-America first team honor after another dominating season... Started all 35 matches and averaged a .431 attack percentage, 3.36 kills, 0.28 assists, 0.21 service aces, 0.81 digs, 1.39 blocks and 4.45 points per game... She and teammate Bibiana Candelas ranked among the top 5 nationally in attack percentage and blocking for much of the season... Finished the year ranked second in the Pac-10 in attack percentage, second in blocks and seventh in points... Also ranked among USC single season record-holders in attack percentage (second), solo blocks (40, sixth), block assists (156, fifth) and blocks per game (ninth)... Named to the All-Pac-10 first team, AVCA All-Pacific Region first team and College Sports Television All-America first team, in addition to earning various academic accolades, including Pac-10 All-Academic first team, CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first team and CoSIDA Academic All-American second team... Against Ball State on Aug. 29, she tallied a .750 attack percentage with 15 kills off of 20 attacks and no errors - performance ties for fourth place among USC's top attack percentages... Named to the McDonald's-Texas A&M All-Tournament team after averaging 4.3 kills and 1.3 blocks per game against Centenary (Sept. 12), Southwest Missouri State (Sept. 13) and Texas A&M (Sept. 13)... Honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 22 following her efforts against UCLA (Sept. 19), in which she collected a career-high 23 kills, hit .579 (with only one error) and added seven digs and four blocks... Tied a career-high 10 blocks at California on Oct. 18... Named to the NCAA Central Regional All-Tournament team after averaging 2.86 kills and 0.9 blocks per game against Texas A&M (Dec. 12) and UCLA (Dec. 13)... Also posted a career-high nine digs in the NCAA Regional Semifinal against Texas A&M... Trained with the USA Women's National Team during the summer of 2003.
2002 Sophomore Season
Adams enjoyed much success in 2002, taking over as one of two starting middle blockers and earning numerous accolades... After helping lead USC to the 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP, she was named to the AVCA All-America first team and was selected as one of four finalists for the Honda Volleyball Award... She was also honored as AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 first team... Adams started all 32 matches... Averaged a .423 attack percentage (a mark which ranks second among USC single season records) and 3.04 kills, 0.34 assists, 0.19 aces, 0.76 digs, 1.38 blocks (a mark which ranks ninth among USC single season records) and 4.12 points per game... She collected 42 solo blocks on the year (a mark which ranks fifth among USC single season records) ... Led the team, ranked second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation in attack percentage... Also led the team and ranked third in the conference in blocking average... In six NCAA Tournament matches, she averaged 2.65 kills per game, committed only seven errors and posted a .500 attack percentage, as well as averaging 1.70 blocks per game and accounting for 76.5 of USC's total points scored (3.83 points per game)... Surpassed all of her career highs from the previous year, including kills (19, two times), attacks (31 vs. Arizona State, 11/22), attack percentage (.667 at Ball State, 8/31), assists (4, two times), service aces (3, two times), digs (7 at UCSB, 11/26), block solos (6 vs. Stanford, 11/2), block assists (8 vs. Florida, 12/19), total blocks (10 vs. Florida, 12/19) and points (18.0 vs. Florida, 12/19)... Named BYU Mizuno Classic All-Tournament and NCAA West Regional All-Tournament... Also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Oct. 7 after guiding USC to wins at Stanford (Oct. 4) and Cal (Oct. 5)... In the two wins she hit .491 with 33 kills (3.30 kpg), nine blocks, six digs and two service aces... With the team's highest grade point average, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team and a USC Marks Scholar-Athlete.
2001 Freshman Season
Adams played 24 games and appeared in 16 matches in her first season with the Women of Troy... Led the team with a .434 attack percentage and averaged 1.88 kills, 0.58 blocks and 2.25 points per game... Made her first collegiate appearance against UC Irvine (Sept. 1) and hit .457 with three kills off of three attacks and no errors... Twice collected a season-high three blocks against Utah State (Sept. 8) and Oregon State (Nov. 20)... Played 3-of-5 games in the match against the Beavers and also posted eight kills off of 12 attacks, no errors and a .677 hitting mark... Posted a total of 11 error-free performances throughout the season... Played her most important match when she entered game two against Arizona (Dec. 7) for the injured April Ross in the NCAA Regional Final... In the match she tallied a season-high 10 kills (.240), one dig and 10.0 total points for the Trojans... During the summer of 2001 she trained with the USA A2 Women's National Phase I team in Colorado Springs, Colo., and played in the Pan America Cup in June in Tijuana, Mexico.
Adams is a 2001 graduate of Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. ... A four-year volleyball letterwinner, she was honored as the 4A-5A Arizona Player of the Year and Desert Valley Region Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000... A Volleyball Fab-50 selection and Paul Mitchell All-American, she led Xavier to three state championships (1997, 1998 and 2000) and a second-place finish as a junior (1999)... In 2000, she guided the Gators to a 37-1 record and No. 8 national ranking... Also honored as an Army Scholar-Athlete All-American, Navy Scholar-Athlete All-American and United Dairymen All-American as a senior... Played six years for the Arizona Juniors club team which took first place at the Fiesta Classic in 2001, second place at Far Western (2001) and fifth place at the Junior Olympics in 1998 and 1999... A true scholar-athlete, she has won numerous academic awards, including the Boston College Book Award, the President's Award for Academic Excellence, a National Merit Commended Scholar and gold medalist on the National Latin Exam... A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
Emily Grace Adams was born on Nov. 15, 1982, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... The daughter of Alvan and Sara Adams, she has one brother, Justin (23)... Her father, Alvan, was a 14-year veteran (1975-88) of the NBA's Phoenix Suns... Alvan and Truck Robinson, father of USC teammate Alicia Robinson, played together on the Suns for three seasons... Emily and Alicia were club teammates through high school and began playing softball together in elementary school... Her brother, Justin, played volleyball at UC Santa Barbara (2001-04)... She and her mother are active members of the National Charity League... Lists the strong sense of spirit and community as her favorite aspect of USC... An international relations major and cinema minor... Hopes to one day work at an embassy or consulate.