College of the Canyons outside hitter Emily Burns, the 2017 All-Western State Conference Player of the Year, will complete her volleyball career at San Diego State.
Burns was a two-year starter for the Cougars, posting 502 kills (4.61 kills per set), 177 digs (1.62 per set), 79 blocks (0.72 per set) and 67 aces, while hitting .329 as sophomore en route to the player of the year nod. She registered 30 double-digit kill efforts, including a career-best 38 putaways at El Camino, Sept. 15, and hit .300 or better in 21 matches and .500 or better seven times. Burns notched five or more blocks five times, including a season-best eight stuffs vs. Irvine Valley in the season finale.
In 2017, the Valencia, California native led College of the Canyons to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state championship tournament for just the third time in program history, its fourth conference title in the last five years and a 22-5 regular season mark.
As a rookie, Burns earned All-Western State conference honors, registering 3.75 kills and 1.21 digs per set and adding 29 aces. She hit at a .366 clip and also managed 49 blocks. The campaign included 19 double-digit kill efforts, with a season-high 24 at Moorpark, Oct. 12. Burns put together 19 hitting performances of .300 or better efficiency and five .500 or better efforts as College of the Canyons went 19-6 on the season.
San Diego State went 16-15 in 2017, including a 10-8 mark in Mountain West play.
CONGRATULATIONS to #COCwomensvolleyball player Emily Burns on signing her NLI with @SDSUvolleyball https://t.co/LW6O6WvjBB#GoCougs #CougarsAtTheNextLevel@cccwvca @WSCsports @CCCAASports @ValenciaGVB pic.twitter.com/fyrIFFThht
— COC Athletics (@COCAthletics) January 12, 2018