15 Vanessa Vella
|Hometown:||Castro Valley, Calif.|
|High School:||Bishop O'Dowd HS|
TITANS `06: Played in 100 of the 103 games the Titans played in 2006 Became the Cal State Fullerton all-time career leader in digs on Oct. 13, with a 32-dig performance against Cal State Northridge Had the 3rd-most total digs in the league with 538, but ranked first in the Big West and 39th nationally with 5.38 digs per game Now ranks 1st in the Big West conference with her 5.06 career digs-per-game mark and seventh all-time in the league's total digs column Holds the top three spots in Cal State Fullerton single-season dig totals Posted double-digits in digs in all but two matches in 2006, collecting nine in one and tied her career-low with five in the other Had four 30-plus dig games and set her career-high with 37 on Oct. 26 at UC Davis Posted 61 combined digs in back-to-back matches on Nov. 3 and 4 against Cal Poly (35) and UC Santa Barbara, respectively (29) Was named to the Comcast Lobo New Mexico All-Tournament Team where she posted 2 kills, 6 service aces and 48 combined digs over the three-match span from Sept. 8-9 Ranked 8th in the Big West with .31 aces per game and 31 total on the year and tied her career-mark of 3 on three separate occasions Set a career-high with 2 kills on Sept. 29 vs UC Davis Tied her career-high of 4 assists on Sept. 2 against Weber State Had a streak of 13 matches in which she had at least one service ace from Sept. 5 to Oct. 13 Was an All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention, joining three other Titans earning all-league honors¬ -- the first squad in the program's history with four all-league members in a season Joined teammate Brittany Moore as an invitee to USA Volleyball tryouts in Feb. 2007
TITANS `05: Led the Big West Conference defensively earning her first-team all-conference honors, just the third Titan to ever receive a first-team nod Shattered her own single-season school record (set in 2004 as a freshman) with 581 digs to lead the league, which also ranks third-best in the conference's single-season record book Was ranked No. 25 in the nation in 2005 with 5.33 digs per game, also the second-best, single-season average in conference history Had at least 11 digs in every match except for one rare occasion that she recorded just five against a strong Long Beach State team on Oct. 14 Reached the 30-dig plateau four times including setting her then career-best and then school record with 35 digs on Sept. 3 versus UTEP Was one of three Titans to play in every game in 2005 (Sarah Morrison and Brittany Moore) Tied her season-high twice with a kill on both Sept. 7 (San Diego State) and Nov. 11 (UC Irvine) Served up a season-high 2 aces on two occasions versus UC Davis (Sept. 30) and San Diego (Nov. 22) Tallied 3 assists on Sept. 3 versus UTEP Picked up her first-career and only blocks on Nov 4 when she had two solos at Cal Poly Was named to the Fullerton Classic, the Titan Classic and the Crown Royal Showcase All-Tournament Teams Was named her hometown newspaper's (Castro Valley Forum) Athlete of the Week on Oct. 4 Was recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player at the year-end banquet.
TITANS `04: Had a great freshman campaign setting a then single-season digs record with 479, surpassing Stephanie Scofield's former record of 478 set in 1990 Led the team by averaging 4.48 digs per game (6th in the Big West Conference) One of three players (Alyssa Opeka and Lauren Goins) to play in all 107 games Collected 11 or more digs in 25 of the 28 matches played and 20 or more digs in 10 matches Collected a season-high 30 digs on Nov. 13 at Utah State, seven more than any other player Set her career-high with three service aces on Oct. 15 versus Utah State Picked up one kill on five separate occasions Set her career-high with four assists on Sept. 15 at UC Irvine Was named MVP of the Hawthorn Suites Titan Classic.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years for Bishop O'Dowd H.S., earning all-league honors all three seasons, including first-team honors as a junior and senior Named league MVP her final two years Was the North Coast Section Player of the Year according to Cal Hi Sports Also lettered four years for the soccer squad, earning all-league honors twice.
PERSONAL: Born on Nov. 24, 1986, in Oakland, Calif. Parents are John and Patti Vella Has three older brothers, Tony, Matt, and Nick Would like to play overseas in the European volleyball leagues after her eligibility at Cal State Fullerton is completed Would like to see perennial powerhouse Hawaii added to the Titans' schedule Her father played offensive line in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders (1972-79) and the Minnesota Vikings (1979-80).