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Player Bio: LaToya Harris :: Women's Volleyball  

  LaToya Harris
LaToya Harris

Player Profile
Position:
Undergraduate Assistant Coach

LaToya Harris may have completed her collegiate playing career but can still be seen on the Bohler Gym courts this fall as she joins the Cougar coaching staff as an undergraduate assistant coach.

"We're really excited to have LaToya come back as an assistant coach because she brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm and a lot of physical talent as well," Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "It is a great opportunity for her to be a part of our program as a coach and see the other side of things. She will be working a lot with the defensive specialists because she is such a great defensive player as well as being a great hitter. The players will have a great role model to look up to with LaToya."

Harris accumulated 12 varsity letters at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore. As an outside hitter/middle blocker on the volleyball team, she had such an outstanding career the school retired her jersey at the end of her prep career. She also lettered four times as a wing and post player on the basketball team, leading the conference with a 19.3 points per game average and scoring 39 points in one game. Her favorite sport in high school was fastpitch softball where she earned all-league honors all four years and all-state accolades twice.

As a member of the Washington State volleyball team, Harris earned three All-Pac-10 First Team honors, one of only 19 Pac-10 players to be honored three-times, and the first Cougar since All-American Sarah Silvernail.

A three-year team captain, Harris played in the NCAA Championship Tournament three consecutive seasons with the team advancing to the Elite Eight her senior year. She was one of three Cougars selected to the 2002 NCAA East Region All-Tournament Team.

Harris is the third Cougar in school history to reach both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Her 1,459 kills and 1,178 digs both rank third on the all-time school lists, and her 143 service aces is the best in WSU history. She is also 10th in school career blocking records with 254 total blocks.

The petite player known for her 31-inch vertical leaping ability as well as her strong left-handed hitting, Harris earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice in her career.

During her senior season, Harris was named MVP of the Cougar Challenge, the Nanook Classic, and the USF Molten Golden Gate Classic tournaments. Her teammates selected her the WSU team MVP.

Last but not least is Harris' notable singing talents. She sang the national anthem a cappella prior to several home matches during her WSU career. Harris will complete her undergraduate degree in December of 2003.

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