May 7, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – One of the greatest players in Long Beach State volleyball history will be enshrined in the Volleyball Hall of Fame this fall. Tara Cross-Battle was recently announced as one of the six inductees to the Volleyball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. She is the only inductee in the class from the United States.
While at Long Beach State, Cross-Battle dominated on the court in leading the 49ers to new heights as a program. She was a four-time All-American, a two-time National Player of the Year and led LBSU to its first NCAA title in 1989.
Cross-Battle rewrote the 49er record book during her four years at the Beach. She also finished her career with the third-most kills in NCAA history and set an NCAA Tournament record with 126 kills on the way to LBSU’s first NCAA championship.
Her record-breaking days weren’t done after her collegiate career as she went on to become the first player in the United State to compete in four Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). She also competed in three FIVB World Championships for Team USA.
She helped USA to an Olympic bronze medal in 1992. She also hauled in a bronze medal at the FIVB World Championship in 1990 and a silver medal in 2002.
To this day, “Tara Cross” can still be seen throughout the 49er record book. Her name still headlines multiple records, including the top-3 seasons for kills and, by far, the most career kills in LBSU history.
Cross-Battle will be inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame beside fellow women’s indoor player Roza Salikhova of the former USSR, male indoor player Nalbert Bitencourt of Brazil, female beach player Sandra Pires of Brazil, indoor coach Joop Alberda of the Netherlands and leader Miloslav Ejem of the Czech Republic.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass. on Oct. 18.
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