16 - Barbie Thierjung
Barbie Thierjung
Height: 5-9
Year: Senior
Hometown: Westchester, Calif.
High School: Bishop Mongomery HS
Position: OH/DS
Experience: 2V

TITANS `06: Played in 80 games as a defensive specialist • Set and tied her career-high in kills with 2 against Cal State Northridge (Oct. 13) and San Diego (Nov. 21) • Had seven consecutive matches with at least one service ace from Sept. 23 to Oct 20 and set her career high with 3 at Cal Poly on Oct. 7 • Posted seven matches with doubledigits in digs, including her career-high 20 on Nov. 4 in the Titans' first-ever win over UC Santa Barbara.

TITANS `05: Played in 58 of the Titans' 109 games primarily as a defensive specialist • Picked up her first career and only kill of the season on Nov. 12 against Long Beach State • Had seven matches where she tallied 10 or more digs including her season-high 19 on Nov. 11 against UC Irvine • Scored with a season-high two service aces against San Jose State on Sept. 16 in the Titans' victory in the Fullerton Classic • Helped out with a career-high four assists versus UCI on Nov. 11.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterwinner under Head Coach Kim Willeman at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif. • Helped the Knights capture a state championship in 2002 and back-to-back CIF championships in 2002 and 2003 • Was named the team's Rookie of the Year in her freshman campaign • Earned second-team All-Del Rey League and All-CIF honors both as a junior and a senior • Was named to the all-tournament team at the Gahr Tournament in 2004 • Was a Scholar Athlete for three consecutive years (2002-04).

PERSONAL: Born on December 3, 1986, in Los Angeles, Calif. • Parents are Pete and Mary Thierjung • Nickname is "Barbie" • Has two brothers Nik (23) and Doug (15) • Majoring in psychology • Earned President's Award for Academic Excellence at Bishop Montgomery High School • Related to Richard H. Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, two signers of the Declaration of Independence • Her favorite professional athlete is Misty May (volleyball) • Says her high school coach, Kim Willeman, has had the most influence on her volleyball career • Enjoys dirt bike and ATV riding • The Used is her favorite musical artist • Her advice to kids is "Go hard all the time and never give up."