A look back at 17 years of Houston Volleyball in C-USA
All-America candidate who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in the spring of 2001...worked hard through a host of injuries since graduating from nearby Cypress Falls High School in 1996...has played in just 54 matches in her collegiate career since her freshman season five years ago.
2000: Overcame a midseason foot injury, where she missed eight matches (30 games in all), to earn All-Midwest Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)...was named First Team All Conference USA and to the C-USA All-Tournament Team...twice selected as the league's Player of the Week (Sept. 25 and Oct. 9)...finished third in the nation with 6.16 kills per game, the highest single-season average in school history...also finished 17th in the country with 4.17 defensive digs per game, establishing a new single-season school record...was one of only two players in the country to rank among the NCAA individual Top 20 in both kills and digs...the Cougars' "go-to" hitter set a new UH single-season record for attack attempts per game (16.01) and posted the second-highest total for attempts (1,409)...spiked 22 or more kills in a match a total of 13 times and 30 or more in a match five times...slugged a career-high 35 kills in a 3-2 win on the road at South Florida, the second-highest total in school history that helped Houston hand the Bulls its only C-USA loss of the season...the 35 kills was just three days after recording 34 kills in a 3-1 win at Arkansas, snapping the Lady Razorbacks streak of 20-straight regular-season home wins in Barnhill Arena...tallied 27 kills and hit .457 in leading the Cougars to a 3-0 sweep of Tulane (Sept. 24)...hit .a season-best .467 against Marquette...C-USA hitting average was a steady .256 in 11 matches...was on pace for another big match at DePaul (Oct. 15), recording eight kills in game one, but injured her left plantar fascia which kept her out of action for almost a full month...returned to the lineup on Nov. 10 against Cincinnati where she spiked 34 kills, equalled her own school record with 95 attack attempts and made 25 digs and seven blocks against the NCAA Tournament-bound Bearcats...reached double-figure kills in 23 of 25 matches as well as double-figure digs 20 times...recorded 17 "double-doubles"...broke a 12 year old school record for digs in a match with 34 against NCAA Tournament-bound Michigan...registered 20 or more digs in a match five times, including 27 in a 3-1 win over North Carolina...first Cougar to average over 4.0 digs per game for a season...one of three Cougars to stuff a season-best three block solos in a match, and she did it twice (against Arkansas and South Florida in the semi-finals of the C-USA Tournament)...tied a career-high with four service aces against Tennessee...passed out a season-high four assists in a 3-1 win over state rival Texas.
1999: Starting outside hitter before a shoulder injury sidelined her for over a month midway through the season...started 19 of the 32 matches and 70 of the team's 120 games (58 percent)... averaged a team co-leading 3.11 kills per game in her first official competitive volleyball action since 1996 and her first full season of volleyball since her senior year of high school in 1995...was poised to lead the Cougars for a key stretch run - spiking 17 kills in four games to lead UH to a win over C-USA rival Saint Louis on Oct. 3, but was sidelined after that match until Nov. 14 (six weeks)...led the team in attempts per game (8.31)...posted nine matches with double-figure kills, including a season-high 25 in a 3-2 win over NCAA Tournament-bound Temple...hit .327 with four service aces and nine blocks in the win over the eventual Atlantic 10 champions...also spiked 23 kills and hit .348 with a season-high 16 defensive digs in leading UH to a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock, clinching the squad's 21st win of the season...the 25- and 23-kill matches were the second and fifth-highest kill totals by a Cougar all season...hit for a .325 percentage or better in match four times, including a season-high .400 against nationally-ranked Loyola Marymount on the road...averaged 1.95 digs per game while seeing most of her action on the front row...averaged 0.63 blocks per game...served a career-high four aces twice.
1998: Member of the UCLA volleyball team but did not play in any matches during her (redshirt) sophomore season.
1997: Redshirted the season at UCLA in order to fully recover from injury the previous year.
1996: Played in eight matches and in 15 games as a true freshman at UCLA... made the most of her first start of the season, leading the Bruins with 14 kills and making four defensive digs at rival USC on Sept. 28...suffered a knee injury at practice two days later (Sept. 30) which would keep her out of action the next two years...logged seven service aces in eight games for a percentage of .47...served a career-high three aces in a win over Weber State...tallied 30 kills in 98 attempts with 15 digs and six blocks before injury.
High School/Club Volleyball: Was selected toVolleyball magazine's Fab 50 as one the nation's top prospects...two-time all-state and all-Greater Houston honoree at Cy Falls...led the Golden Eagles to the Region III semifinals as a senior in 1995...spiked 279 kills, stuffed 144 blocks and recorded 242 digs as a senior...earned first team all-District 16-5A three times...was coached in volleyball at Cypress Falls by Kathy Stephenson...also earned varsity letter in basketball... versatile player who starred at middle and outside hitter for Texas Elite Club team.
Personal: Parents are James and Doris Wittenburg...enjoys playing beach volleyball, watching old movies and spending time with friends...favorite classes are math and government.