7 - Olivia Waldowski
Olivia Waldowski
Birth Date: 03/20/1984
Height: 6-3
Year: Senior
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
High School: Irvine HS
Previous College: Univ. of Nebraska
Position: MB
Honors
2005 Honorable Mention All-Big West
2004 AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention
2004 First Team All-Big West
2003 Big West Co-Freshman of the Year 2005
Closed junior campaign with a bang to earn postseason honors for a third straight year...Hit .352 (45 kills, 13 errors, 91 attempts) over the final five matches of 2005, including a 12-kill performance at Loyola Marymount (Nov. 22)...First of her five double-digit put-away performances came in season opener, pounding home 10 balls during come-from-behind win over Missouri State (Sept. 2)...Hit a sparkling .526 with 11 kills and only one error against Arizona on Sept. 8...Best effort of the year was 16 put-aways at UC Davis (Sept. 14), connecting at a .452 clip in the process...10 block assists en route to a Oct. 28 win at UC Irvine equaled the most ever by a Gaucho during the rally scoring era and ninth-best total overall in school history...Tallied six or more stuffs on eight different occasions, tying for second on the team with a 0.82 blocks per game average on the season...One of those matches was Sept. 15 vs. Utah State, when she blocked six balls and put away 12 others...Enters senior campaign with the second-highest career hitting percentage in school history (.346), while her 311 total blocks as a Gaucho are ninth-most. 2004 Took her game to the next level as a redshirt sophomore, joining three teammates as First Team All-Big West and AVCA All-West Region honorable mention selections...Ranked among the conference's top-five players in a trio of important categories...Blocks per game average of 1.42 led the league, while 0.52 aces per game ranked second...Fourth-highest single-season blocking average ever by a Gaucho...Posted a .347 hitting percentage that was fourth-best in the Big West and brought her career mark to .362, currently tops in school history...Connected at a .765 (13-0-17) clip in Big West opener vs. Cal Poly on Sept. 14...Recorded the highest hitting percentage ever by a Gaucho in NCAA Tournament competition with her 12-kill, one-error performance on 16 swings (.688) during Dec. 3 sweep of Alabama A&M...That was one of her 17 double-digit kill efforts on the season, 10 of which came in succession highlighted by a career-high 19 put-aways at Idaho (Oct. 9)...Slammed home 18 balls during rematch with UI on Nov. 5...Produced seven blocks during each of those showdowns with the Vandals...Enjoyed a six-match late season stretch where she averaged 2.14 stuffs per game, including a 10-block showing as UCSB swept rival Pepperdine (Nov. 2)...Served up at least a pair of aces in each of the first eight contests of the season, including five total at the Golden Bear Invitational where she was named to the all-tournament team. 2003
Fifth Gaucho in an eight-year span to be named Big West Freshman of the Year...Conference-leading .383 hitting percentage, the third-highest single-season average in UCSB history...Hit .500 or better nine times, including conference opener at Cal Poly when she slammed home 12 balls and made a career-high six digs...Another 12-kill effort came in thrilling rally at Pacific (Oct. 2), when she hit .550 and registered two put-aways and a block late in the decisive fifth game...Season-best 15 put-aways in five-game home loss to Cal Poly was one of 10 contests in which she recorded double-digit kills...Pounded 13 balls - hitting .435 - in NCAA first round vs. Northern Iowa...Named to Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team following nine-kill, five-ace, seven-block effort in three-game sweep of San Diego (Sept. 6), a match in which she hit .667...Five more service aces in the following contest vs. American...Ranked fourth in the Big West with 0.39 aces per game...Second-most prolific Gaucho blocker at 0.90 stuffs per frame...Amassed seven total blocks four times, all Gaucho victories...Team-high 39 aces on the year. Nebraska
Redshirted her freshman season at the University of Nebraska in 2002...Coached by John Cook...Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. High School
A 2002 graduate of Irvine High School, where she played three years of varsity volleyball under head coach Mark Mendick...Earned CIF Division II Southern Section MVP honors in 2001 as well as Student Sports magazine All-American recognition and a No. 16 ranking on Volleyball Magazine's list of "Fab 50" high school seniors...Amassed 522 kills, 128 blocks and 307 digs while hitting .358 that season as the Vaqueros won their first CIF sectional title since 1988...Also named First Team All-CIF and MVP of the Sea View League as a junior in 2000...Second Team all-league pick in her first year of varsity competition...An outstanding student who earned a spot on the honor roll every semester of her high school career...Helped lead Laguna Beach Volleyball Club to the prestigious Davis Volleyball Festival championship in the summer of 2002, where she was a teammate of current Gaucho senior Megan Blackshire. Personal
Olivia Ann Waldowski was born on March 20, 1984 in Orange, CA to Barb and Toby Waldowski...Jesse (23) is her older brother...Majoring in mathematics...An accomplished singer and classical musician, she was an associate concert mistress in the Irvine Symphony Orchestra...Also enjoys art, while her favorite musician is her dad.

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