|1 Emily Steckel
Had a breakout season defensively... Surpassed her career marks in games played, services aces and digs...Saw action in 132 of the Tigers' 137 games... Played in all 37 matches, splitting time with Christen Clayton at libero and defensive specialist positions... Finished the season fourth on the team with 37 aces and fifth with 329 digs (2.49/game)...Served up four aces against Ole Miss (10/19/04)...Recorded three service aces in a first-round sweep of DePaul (11/20/04) in the Conference USA Tournament...Posted double-digits in digs 13 times, including a career-best 20-dig performance against Arkansas State (9/14/04)...Had 15 or more digs in seven matches...Recorded 12 and 16 digs in consecutive matches versus DePaul and TCU, respectively, in the C-USA Tournament.
Stepped in and played in 31 of 36 matches, stabilizing the Tiger passing game in a number of different situations...In a non-conference match at Chicago State, stepped in for a Tiger team that was struggling after back-to-back conference road victories...Backstopped Memphis with a career-high 15 digs and helped Memphis fly out of the Windy City with three victories in three days...Downed her first career kill in that Chicago State match.
At Hart High School
A two-year letterwinner and starter at Hart High...Helped her team to the state playoffs as a senior...Also played club volleyball with the Santa Monica Beach Club that ranked in the top 10 in the SCVA and finished in the top 20 at the Las Vegas Invitational...Played club ball at outside hitter and libero for the Synergy Volleyball Club (renamed from Santa Clarita Athletic Club)...Her Magic Volleyball Club also won the SCVA Championships at the 14s level...Was voted the best defensive player at the Nike High Potential Camp at Ohio State and also attended the Dave Rubio volleyball camp at the University of Arizona in the summer of 2003...Member of the California Scholastic Federation and a member of the Honor Society.
Full name is Emily Ann Steckel...Daughter of William and Donna Steckel...Born on May 12, 1984...Majoring in Management with a minor in Psychology.