49ers overcome adversity to make 17th MPSF Tournament appearance
LBSU comes back from 2-0 deficit but unable to close it out in fifth set
49ers and Cougars will square off Saturday at 6 p.m. (PDT)
LBSU secures sixth seed in MPSF Tournament, will head to BYU next Saturday
Trojans finish with 14 service aces on the night
2011: Started 22 of 26 matches played ... Led the 49ers in kills (314), kills per set (3.27) and service aces (28) ... Also finished with 1.02 digs and 0.61 blocks per set ... Registered 18 double-figure kill matches, including five with at least 20 ... Pounded down a season-high 22 kills vs. UC Irvine in the first match of the Gaucho Invitational on Jan. 7 ... Averaged 4.86 kills/set over the weekend to earn all-tournament team honors ... Compiled 21 kills and four aces in a five-set victory at Pepperdine (Jan. 12) ... Matched that kill total against USC on Feb. 25 and at UCLA on March 4 ... Had a double-double in both those games, finishing with 10 digs vs. the Trojans and a career-high 14 digs against the Bruins ... Also racked up 20 kills and a season-best nine blocks at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11).
2010: Played in 28 matches, starting 20 times ... Moved from middle blocker as a freshman to outside hitter and finished with 252 kills (2.36/game), 23 aces (0.21/game) and 50 blocks (0.47/game) ... Registered double-digit kills 14 times, including two matches with 20 or more kills ... Had a career-best 23 kills against Loyola-Chicago while hitting .386 in the match ... Finished with 20 kills and a .410 hitting percentage at Hawaii on March 20 ... Had his second career double-double with 19 kills and 10 digs at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 13 ... Had a career-best four service aces against Cal Baptist, while also finishing with 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage ... Totaled 14 kills and eight digs against Penn State.
2009: Named to the MPSF All-Freshman Team ... Played in a team-high 113 games, leading the 49ers in hitting percentage (.405) and solo blocks (12) ... Ranked in the top five all-time among LBSU freshmen in service aces (tied for second) with 22, block assists (tied for fourth) with 93 and total blocks (fifth) with 105 ... Finished with 224 kills (1.98/game), 43 digs (0.38/game) and 0.93 blocks per game ... Had eight matches with double-digit kills and one with double-digit blocks ... Finished with one double-double when he had 10 kills and 11 blocks against Hawaii (2/13) ... Also had a career-high .714 (10-0-14) hitting percentage against the Warriors ... Tallied 17 kills, with a .538 (17-3-26) hitting percentage, in a MPSF quarterfinal match at Pepperdine (4/25) ... Hit over .500 six times during the season, including .600 (8-2-10) at UC Santa Barbara (1/10), .600 (13-1-20) vs. Pepperdine (3/6), .571 (15-3-21) vs. UC Santa Barbara (4/10) and .562 (9-0-16) vs. UC Irvine (1/9) ... Had two aces five times and a season-best five digs at UC San Diego (4/17).
High School: Lettered two years in basketball and volleyball at Valencia High School ... Led the volleyball squad to the Foothill League title as a junior and senior ... Won the CIF championship and named the national champions for the high school level in 2008 ... Tabbed the Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year, while also earning first-team all-league and first-team All-CIF honors ... Guided the basketball team to the league championship as a senior ... Selected as the Santa Clarita Valley Defensive Player of the Year and garnered first-team all-league and all-valley accolades ... Named the Valencia High School Athlete of the Year.
Quick Facts: Played on the Synergy club team ... Competed in the Atlanta Junior Olympics in 2007 and the Utah Junior Olympics in 2008 ... Sister, Courtney, played softball at the University of Hawaii.
Major: Communication Studies