5  Tiara Gilkey
Tiara Gilkey

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Creve Couer, Missouri

High School:
Pattonsville

Height:
5-10

Position:
Outside Hitter

Experience:
3L

Awards:
All-Conference USA (Third Team, 2003); Commissioner's Honor Roll (2002); All-Tournament Team (Boston 2002; Davidson 2003; Arkansas State 2003; Birmingham Southern; Conference USA Championship Tournament, 2003)


2003 (Junior)
Started in all 36 matches during 2003, finishing with 538 kills, the second-highest single season mark in Tiger history...Named Third Team All-Conference USA as Member had three players earn All C-USA honors for the first time in school history...Passed the 1,000 career kill mark against Louisville in the Conference USA Championship match, becoming the 16th Tiger to hit the 1,000 career kill mark in Memphis history and the second to do so in 2003...Her 1,250 attacks was the fifth-highest total in single season history and she is just 79 kills shy of breaking into the career top 10 in kills...Also stepped up defensively in 2003, finishing with 391 digs, second on the team behind Heather Watts...Set a career high with 27 kills against UT Martin at the Arkansas State tournament...Was named to the all-tournament teams at Arkansas State, Davidson and Memphis in addition to the Conference USA Tournament...Gilkey and Watts became the first Tigers to ever earn a Conference USA All-Tournament Award while helping Memphis to its first appearance in the C-USA Finals...That also marked Memphis' first-ever appearance in a televised TV match...Gilkey was named the Conference USA Co-Player of the Week Sept. 1st and helped Memphis finish 26th in the country in team kills with 16.33/game.

2002 (Sophomore)
Started in 33 of the Tigers' 34 matches, playing in all 34 matches and in 125 of 128 games during the season...Was second on the team with 426 kills on the season, the 10th-best single season mark in school history...Moved from middle hitter to outside in the pre-season to get more swings...Her 3.41 kills/game was the second-highest total on the team...Downed double-digit kills in 23 of the Tigers' 34 matches, posting nine kills four times...Also stepped her game up defensively, posting double-digit digs 13 times, including a career-high 19 on the road at Dartmouth...Served up a career-best six aces in a non-conference match against cross-town foe Christian Brothers...Posted a career-best six total blocks against Western Kentucky at the Georgia Southern Tournament...Was one of three Tigers named to the all-tournament team at Boston College, one of two tournaments the Tigers' won in 2002.

2001 (Freshman)
Recovered from off-season knee surgery in time to play in 36 games for the Tigers in her freshman campaign, downing 43 kills and posting 20 total blocks...Posted a season-best .667 hitting percentage at High Point in a non-conference game that was the third game in three days for the Tigers in early November...Had a season-best seven kills against Jackson State in a triangular match at home and had three total blocks at Charlotte and against Murray State.

At Pattonsville High School
At Pattonsville, Gilkey was a two-time Suburban North League first team all-conference hitter...The middle hitter was a two-time MVP and a two-time all-district honoree...She helped her squad to a 31-3 record her senior season...Gilkey played club volleyball for the St. Louis Elite, competing in tournaments in Baltimore, Las Vegas and Chicago...She was coached by Terry Funderburk at Pattonsville.

Personal
Full name is Tiara Keyanna Gilkey...Daughter of Steve Gilkey and Donna Malone...Born January 19, 1983, in St. Louis, Mo....Chose Memphis over Tulane, Rice, UMass and Central Missouri State...Said she would play Georgetown if she could play a team that is not currently on the schedule.

Coach Yerty's Comments:
Tiara has put up good numbers in terms of attacking and she really could be one of the best blockers in our conference. She's very dynamic in her leaping ability and has a good sense of getting a good block, so at the net, she should have a great year. What's going to be important for us this year is that Tiara develop into not just a great terminator, but that she develop into a smart, mature, finesse-type player too. Defensively, her athletic ability allows her to get to balls that other athletes in the conference cannot get to, but we need day-in and day-out leadership from Tiara and need her to be that all-around type person who is not just playing volleyball but providing leadership and consistency for our team if we hope to repeat the success of last year or build on it.

Career Highs
Kills: 27 vs. UT-Martin (8/30/03)
Attempts: 63 at Charlotte(11/8/03)
Digs: 24 vs. Cincinnati (11/1/03)
Block Assists: 6 vs. Western Kentucky (8/31/02)
6 vs. Tulane (11/22/03)
Block Solos: 2 (twice)
Service Aces: 6 vs. Christian Brothers (9/4/02)

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