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18   Dean Bittner
Dean Bittner

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lakewood, Calif.

High School:
Lakewood HS

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 209

Position:
OPP


2010: Enters season eighth all-time at LBSU in career kills (1,370), fifth in career service aces (89) and fifth all-time in career matches with 20 kills (29).

2009: Named first-team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association after finishing third in the nation in kills (5.51/game), 13th in aces (0.38/game), 32nd in hitting percentage (.307) and 43rd in blocks per game (1.01/game) ... A first-team All-MPSF pick after finishing second in the league in points (6.44) and third in kills and service aces ... Named AVCA National Player of the Week, MPSF co-Player of the Week, and MVP of the Active Ankle Tournament after leading The Beach to wins over IPFW and Penn State ... Led the 49ers in kills (605), hitting percentage (.306), attempts (1,264) and service aces (42), while adding 130 digs (1.18/game) and 112 blocks (1.02/game) ... Forty-two aces tied for the fourth most in school history ... Ranked in the top five in junior season records at LBSU in kills (3rd), total attempts (3rd), aces (1st) and service ace average (3rd) ... Had a career-high 42 kills at BYU (3/21), the most at LBSU since college volleyball went to rally scoring and the 11th most in school history ... In addition to the one 40-kill match, had four 30-kill matches, 18 20-kill matches and 28 double-digit kill matches ... Finished with 36 kills against Stanford (4/3), 33 against Pepperdine (3/6) during the regular season and 30 against Pepperdine (4/25) in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament ... Had three double-doubles with 22 kills and 11 blocks against UCLA (1/21), 25 kills and 10 digs against UC Irvine (1/23) and 21 kills and 11 digs vs. UC Irvine (2/27) ... The 11 digs against UC Irvine and the 11 blocks against UCLA were both career highs ... Hit over .500 twice during the season including .561 (25-2-41) against Hawaii (2/12) and .500 (24-4-40) vs. UC San Diego (1/16).

2008: Named a second-team AVCA All-American and second-team All-MPSF ... Appeared in 104 games, averaging 4.84 kills and 1.09 blocks per game ... 503 total kills were second most on the team ... Second on the team in average digs per game (1.11) ... Second on the team with 34 service aces ... Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week twice ... Hit double-figure in kills in 27 of 29 matches ... Topped 20 kills 11 times, including a career-high 29 kills vs. CS Northridge on February 29 and 27 kills against Penn State on March 15 ... When LBSU clinched the MPSF regular season title against CSUN in three games, had 22 kills and hit .645 (22-2-31) ... Was named to the all-tournament team at the UCSB E-Bar Invitational was the MPSF Molten co-Player of the Week ... Ranked fifth nationally in points per game (5.73) and kills per game (4.84).

2007: Appeared in 99 games on the year, averaging 2.65 kills and 0.99 blocks per game ... 262 total kills were second-most of the squad ... Hit .260 on the year ... Fourth on the team with 13 service aces ... Second on the team with 98 total blocks, and his 90 block assists led the squad ... Switched from middle blocker to opposite mid-way through the season ... Hit double-figures in kills 12 times ... Had 15 kills and hit .538 on Jan. 19 against Pepperdine ... Had 21 kills in the 49ers home win over UCLA on Feb. 28 ... Career-best eight digs vs. Hawaii ... Hit .636 (7-0-11) vs. Stanford at the Walter Pyramid on Feb. 2 ... Career-high eight blocks vs. Pacific ... Led the squad in kills three times... Led the 49ers with 16 kills on April 7 vs. Hawaii.

2006: Redshirted for the 49ers.

High School: Selected second-team All-American in 2005 by Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine ... Prepped at Lakewood High School where he lettered four years in volleyball ... Was a two-time first-team All-Moore League selection under head coach Mike Wodley.

Quick Facts: Named tournament MVP after leading the U.S. Men's A2 Team to a Pan American Cup title in Mexico in June 2009 with a team-high 27 kills in championship match ... Competed on the Riptides club team for two years ... Team won back-to-back Junior Olympic championships in 2004 and 2005 ... A Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" recruit.

Major: Recreation

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