8 Melissa Larson
Melissa  Larson


Pleasonton, Calif.

High School:
Amador Valley


Middle Blocker



• Academic All-WAC (2006)

A very athletic middle blocker who gained invaluable experience as a freshman... Should once again start in the middle for USU during her sophomore season.

2006 (R-Fr.):
Was named to the Western Athletic Conference's all-freshman team as she finished the year fifth in the league with 1.29 blocks per game... Hit .247 on the year to lead the team as did her 147 total blocks, which ranks fifth all-time at Utah State for a single-season... Also had 140 block assists, which ranks second all-time at USU for a single-season... Played in all 32 matches and 114 games during the year... Finished the season with 230 kills, 27 assists and 11 service aces... Had her best match of the year against Arkansas-Little Rock on Sept. 15 as she recorded a season-high 14 kills to go along with nine blocks, while hitting .550 (14-3-20)... Also had 14 kills against Nevada on Nov. 7... Recorded a season-high 12 blocks at Boise State on Nov. 16... Posted double-digits in kills eight times during the season and double-digits in blocks three times, including twice in the final three matches of the year... Recorded her first career double-double in the first round of the 2006 WAC Tournament against Idaho as she had 12 kills and 10 blocks... Averaged 2.02 kills, 0.24 assists and 0.10 service aces per game... An academic all-WAC selection.

2005 (Fr.):
Redshirted her first year at Utah State.

High School/Club:
Earned first-team all-league honors as both a junior and senior for head coach Rich Cortez at Amador Valley High School... Recorded career-bests of 27 kills and eight blocks... Helped her high school win the league championship in 2005 as she recorded 304 kills, 53 blocks, 130 digs and 26 aces during the year... Also played for the City Beach Volleyball club and helped her team win the silver medal in the open division of the Junior Olympics in 2004.

Born November 6, 1987 in Walnut Creek, Calif... One of five children of Paul and Vicki Larson... Majoring in exercise science at Utah State.

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