Annual Tourney Renamed In Honor of LMU's Blankinship
South Bay tournament renamed to honor Lion great Kim Blankinship, who died in October at the age of 31.
June 8, 2007
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - An annual South Bay summer 4-man and 4-woman volleyball tournament has been renamed in honor of LMU's Kim Blankinship. Blankinship, who starred for LMU volleyball from 1993-1996, died in October from heart failure at the age of 31.
The Kim Blankinship Memorial Volleyball Tournament will be held Saturday, June 30th at Knob Hill in Redondo Beach, Calif. Teams can obtain registration information by clicking the link above.
Blankinship led LMU to three West Coast Conference titles and three NCAA postseason appearances during her years in the Lion uniform. In her senior season, Blankinship led the Lions to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and a final ranking of ninth in the nation. The overall record of 26-3, including a perfect WCC record of 14-0, still stands as the program's best season to date.
As a junior, Blankinship was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year. That 1995 season, she also set the LMU record for single-season service aces and service ace average. Her records of 66 aces and .68 per game still stand today.
In her senior campaign, Blankinship earned an All-America selection. She also was named LMU Female Athlete of the Year and WCC Co-Player of the Year honors that year.
Her contributions to the LMU volleyball program were so significant that Blankinship was inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame in January of 2007.
Her statistical marks still rank her in LMU's all-time top-10 in eight different categories including: service aces (1st, 157), digs (2nd, 1,161), kills (4th, 1,414), attacks (4th, 3,494), service ace average (4th, 0.39), kill average (5th, 3.54), dig average (6th, 2.91), and games played (8th, 399).