KU Volleyball vs. Texas A&M (Photos by Jeff Jacobsen)
KU's top returner ... Versatile player with the ability to hit on the opposite side, set and contribute defensively ... One of squad's top attackers ... Could see her role as a setter expand in 2007 ... Has tremendous poise and focus ... Skilled at every position.
2006: Junior Season
Started in all 28 matches she appeared in and played in 99 games for KU ... A Preseason All-Big 12 selection ... Named to the Big 12 All-Academic team ... Tabbed ESPN the Magazine Academic Third-Team All-District ... Named to the all-tournament team in the Crimson Tide Invitational and Temple Classic ... Finished second on the squad with 336 kills, 3.39 kpg, 20 service aces and 151 set assists ... Her 47 total blocks and 265 digs were good enough for third on the team ... Averaged 3.10 kills per game in conference play, third among the Jayhawks ... Fourth on the squad digging up 2.66 balls per game in Big 12 competition ... Notched a triple-double and 13 double-doubles including five straight from Oct. 4-21 ... Had 19 matches with double-digit kills including 14 contests of 10 or more digs and five outings of 20 kills or more ... Set individual match-high kills in three, four and five game sets ... Recorded a career-best .583 hitting percentage in the team's opening match against Alabama A&M on Aug. 25 ... Tallied a team-high 13 assists and 13 digs against Alabama on Aug. 26 ... Led all players with 12 kills and 10 digs in the squad's home opener versus UMKC on Aug. 29 while adding 10 assists for a rare triple-double ... Helped the Jayhawks to a 3-1 victory over Temple with a match-best 20 kills on Sept. 1 ... Fell just short of another triple-double against Maine -- nine kills, eight assists and seven digs -- on Sept. 2 ... Once again led all players with 22 kills against Rutgers on Sept. 2, 20 kills versus #16 BYU on Sept. 7 and 22 kills against Arkansas on Sept. 9 to go three consecutive contests with 20+ kills ... Also had a personal-high 18 digs against Arkansas ... Dug up 10 balls versus #1 Nebraska on Sept. 13 ... Tied career-high 24 kills on Sept. 20 to help KU overcome Texas A&M in a five-game set while also contributing 16 digs ... Added 11 kills against Colorado on Sept. 23 and 10 versus Texas Tech Sept. 27 ... One of two players with double-digit kills (10) against #17 Missouri on Oct. 4 ... Also dug up a team-high 17 balls in the contest in her first of five straight matches with a double-double ... led KU with 15 digs in a contest versus Oklahoma on Oct. 7 ... Posted 12 kills on Oct. 25 to help prevent a sweep by #20 Oklahoma ... Posted a 15 kill, 17 dig double-double against Texas Tech Oct. 28 ... Notched a team-high 10 kills versus #8 Texas on Nov. 1 ... Led KU with 12 kills and a .333 hitting percentage against Colorado Nov. 8 while also matching a career-high three solo blocks ... Returned from an injury to post 11 kills and dish seven assists in four games against Missouri on Nov. 18.
2005: Sophomore Season
Started all 30 matches and 109 games for the Jayhawks ... A key player at just about every position ... Named Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Led the team with 44 services aces (0.40 per game), good for 10th on the KU single-season records list ... Paced the team in solo blocks (29) and was third with 0.81 total blocks per game ... Her solo block performance ranks seventh on the single-season KU list ... Fourth on the squad with 2.99 kills per game, including 3.25 kpg in Big 12 competition ... Contributed 2.20 digs per game, the fourth most of any Jayhawk ... Totaled double-digit kills in 16 matches ... Notched 22 or more kills on two occasions ... Stepped in for injured setter Andi Rozum and set the last three matches of the season, finishing with 132 assists on the year ... Added 12 kills against Montana State on Sept. 2 ... Led KU with eight blocks at BYU on Sept. 2 ... Led the defense with 14 digs and added four aces against Saint Louis on Sept. 6 ... Also had 11 kills on a .526 attack percentage in the win ... Added 10 kills on a .375 attack percentage in KU's sweep of #15 Texas A&M on Sept. 14 ... Notched 15 kills and added nine digs and two aces against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 ... Had 19 kills and added eight digs in five games at #23 Texas on Sept. 21 ... Added 15 digs, 15 kills and three aces against the Buffaloes on Oct. 1 ... Tied a career best with three solo blocks against K-State on Oct. 5 ... Posted a match-high 16 kills and added six digs and three assists against #1 Nebraska on Oct. 8 ... Contributed 13 kills and 11 digs at Baylor on Oct. 22 ... Paced KU with 11 kills and added eight digs at #1 Nebraska (Oct. 26) ... Led the Jayhawks with 10 kills against #14 Texas on Oct. 29 ... Posted 16 kills, 10 digs and three blocks against Colorado on Nov. 2 ... Led KU with 19 kills and added 12 digs at #24 K-State on Nov. 5 ... Paced all hitters with 22 kills on a .462 hitting efficiency and added seven digs, six block assists and two aces at Oklahoma on Nov. 9 ... Led the Jayhawks with 14 kills (.333) and added a career-high five aces in KU's sweep of Texas Tech on Nov. 12 ... Set a new career high with 25 kills and nine block assists at Texas A&M on Nov. 16 ... Stepped in to set against #10 Missouri (Nov. 23) and had 21 assists ... Totaled 27 assists and added seven digs at Iowa State on Nov. 26 ... Set a new career high with 30 assists against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.
2005: Freshman Season
Named the 2004 Big 12 Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year ... One of four Jayhawks to start every match and play in all 109 games of the season ... A highly-touted recruit who took on great responsibility and made a huge impact on the squad ... Ranked third on the team with 2.45 digs per game and fifth among her teammates with 2.12 kills per game ... Recorded eight kills and 10 digs in her career debut at Arkansas on Sept. 1 ... Averaged 2.10 kills (on a .326 attack percentage) and 2.20 digs per game in three matches at the ORU Classic Sept. 3-4 ... Contributed 15 digs and 11 kills on a .318 attack percentage in KU's win over No. 25 Wisconsin on Sept. 10 ... Averaged 2.50 digs, 2.10 kills and 0.70 blocks per game in the Holiday Inn/Jayhawk Classic Sept. 10-11 ... Recorded 13 digs and eight kills at No. 12 Texas A&M on Sept. 17 ... Helped KU to a 3-0 win over Texas Tech on Sept. 22 with 13 digs and 10 kills ... Added eight digs and five kills against No. 7 Nebraska on Sept. 29 ... Registered 11 kills and added nine digs at Baylor on Oct. 2 ... Notched 14 digs against No. 16 Kansas State on Oct. 6 ... Led KU with nine kills to go with six digs and three block assists at Colorado on Oct. 9 ... Posted a career-best 12 kills (.393), 15 digs and nine assists in KU's win at Iowa State on Oct. 13 ... Contributed 13 digs, nine kills, six assists and two aces against Missouri on Oct. 16 ... Led the Jayhawks with 10 digs to go with five kills and three assists at Missouri on Nov. 3 ... Added a match-best 12 digs to go with her six kills at No. 3 Nebraska on Nov. 12 ... Got hot late in the season, contributing 14 digs and nine kills (.353 attack percentage) against Santa Clara in the NCAA Tournament ... Registered a career-high 17 digs and five block assists at Washington in NCAA Second Round action on Dec. 4.
Attended Baldwin High School and was coached by her mom, Jill ... A three-time all-league selection ... Earned all-state and All-American Fab 50 honors ... Was the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year ... Led Baldwin High in kills, assists and attack percentage ... Led the state of Kansas in attack percentage and ranked in the top five in passing efficiency ... Led Baldwin to a second-place class 4A state finish in 2003 ... Member of National Honor Society, school Honor Roll and national Dean's List ... Recipient of the Knights of Columbus Leadership Award ... Played club ball for Francis Sporting Goods.
Born Jan. 17, 1986 ... Full name is Emily Nicole Brown ... Plans to major in Elementary Education ... Parents are Dan and Jill (Huntsinger) Brown ... Siblings are Eric, Taylor and Tucker ... Mom and aunt, Jo (Huntsinger), both played volleyball at KU ... Aunt, Jen, played volleyball at East Tennessee State ...Was also recruited by Nebraska, Missouri, Georgia Tech, Cal Berkley and Minnesota.