8 - Alyssa Opeka
Alyssa Opeka
Birth Date: 05/20/1984
Height: 6-1
Year: Senior
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
High School: Valley View High School
Position: RS
Experience: 3V

TITANS `04: One of three Titan players to play in all 107 games (Lauren Goins and Vanessa Vella are the others) • The lefty slammed the second-most kills (235) on the team, behind only Lauren Goins, good for fourth with 2.20 kills per game • Collected a .500 hitting percentage on the last day of the season (Nov. 19) collecting 13 kills to only one error in 24 attempts against Long Beach State • Picked up double-digits in kills in 11 matchs including a season-high 17 kills in a five-game loss to Idaho on Oct. 16 • Was the third-best blocker on the team, stuffing 0.88 spikes per game • Had the second most blocks on the team ( 97) behind only Tiffany Dolven (131) • Tied a career-best nine total blocks on Sept. 3 versus Iona • Stymied Texas State with 5 aces from the back line on Sept. 4 • Was named to the all-tournament team in the Hawthorne Suites Titan Classic as the Titans won the season-opening tourney for the first time since 1998.

TITANS `03: One of only two players (Melanie Meister) to play in 100 games on the year, appearing in a team-best 102 • Averaged 2.01 kills per game and ranked second with 205 kills • Served 22 aces on the year, ranking third on the squad • Averaged 1.01 digs per game • Ranked second on the the team with 89 totals blocks and averaged 0.87 bpg • Set a then career-high with 16 kills in a win at UC Riverside on Nov. 1 • Hit a season-best .611 against East Tennessee State • Had five service aces in a loss at Utah State on Oct. 16 while also adding a career-best 15 digs • Had a career-best nine total blocks also against the Aggies.

TITANS `02: Appeared in 28 matches, averaging 1.62 kills, 0.32 digs and 0.44 blocks per game • Her .122 attack percentage was fourth on the team • Had a season-high nine kills on three occasions: Aug. 31 vs. Fordham, Sept. 2 vs. Long Island and Oct. 12 at Utah State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Valley View H.S. in Moreno Valley, Calif. • Named to the Valley View all-tournament team her junior and senior seasons, while also earning first-team all-league honors as a junior • Selected as her team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore • Member of the honor roll.

PERSONAL: Born on May 20, 1984 • Parents are Dan and Jeanne Opeka • Has three older brothers, Erick, Justin, and Ryan • Majoring in health science • Played one year for the Asics Volleyball Club • Credits her brother, Ryan, with having the most influence on her volleyball career • Favorite movie is Legally Blonde and favorite TV show is Friends • Says she's better than anyone at cheering people up • Favorite athlete is Arizona Diamondbacks' third baseman Troy Glaus.