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WSU Volleyball BIO
Tani Stephens
Player Profile:
Tani Stephens 1532338
Position: Defensive Specialist
Height: 5'8"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
High School: West Albany HS
Experience: 2 Letters

STEPHENS’ WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2015): Played in all 114 sets this season...had 3 aces and 7 digs in win over ETSU 8/29/15, with all the aces coming during one rotation in the third set where she served for 10 consecutive WSU points...had 13 digs in 3-1 win over Utah Valley 9/12/15...12 digs vs. No. 1 USC 11/1/15...1.99 digs per set was fourth-best on team...21 aces was fourth-best on team...has 531 career digs...53 career aces...first name pronounced Tawny...named to 2015 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention team...very active member of WSU Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Reading Buddies and Coug Pals.

SOPHOMORE (2014): Played in 111 sets in 2014...season-high 13 digs and landed an ace to close final set in 3-1 win at Notre Dame 9/5...had four digs in 3-2 come-from-behind win over Cal Poly 8/ two kills and 2.0 points vs. Portland State 9/19...another 13 digs and one ace vs. Oregon State 11/6…named to the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention team.

FRESHMAN (2013): Saw action in 105 of 123 sets in three aces in win over No. 16 Arizona State 10/ 16 digs vs. Arizona 10/13...three aces again in 3-0 win over Utah 11/2...had 12 digs in 3-2 upset win over No. 4 USC 11/17...0.20 aces per set is third-best on team...Member of WSU 2013 Recruiting Class Ranked 14th-best by

Earned four varsity letters as a setter and outside hitter at West Albany High in volleyball for coach Kelli Backer…named 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year for the state of Oregon...led Bulldogs to 2012 Oregon 5A state championships after being runners-up in 2011, and third and fourth place freshman and sophomore years…named co-MVP of the 2011 and 2012 state championship matches…named to the All-State Tournament first team twice and the second team once…Bulldogs were undefeated in Mid-Willamette Valley League play for three consecutive seasons and only lost one match in 2009…three-time MWV League MVP….in beach volleyball was Juniors 16U Champion, Juniors 18U Champion, Women's AA Quads Champion, Women’s AA Double Champion, and Advanced Coach/Player Champion at the Seaside (Oregon) Beach Volleyball Tournaments from 2009-12…played on Oregon Northwest Juniors 18 Air Elite Club team, coached by Rodney Jones, that was the 2012 Regional champions.

Born in June 1995, in Corvallis, Ore…father Daniel is a concrete contractor who played basketball at George Fox College…mother Tina is an accountant…older brother Tye…3.74 GPA…National Honor Society…AIM Leadership, FLASH - Freshman Learning and Seniors Helping, History Student of the Month…very active member of WSU Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)…majoring in Sport Science at WSU.

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