ALL-BIG WEST CANDIDATE (2000)
USU THIS SEASON: One of three returning starters for Utah State and the returning starter to the right-side hitting position... a tremendous athlete who plays taller than she is... a dangerous hitter for the Aggies on the outside... possibly the best all-around athlete on the team... improved a lot over the off season and got a lot more consistent... an explosive jumper which makes her dangerous as both an offensive hitter and defensive blocker.
1999 (JR.): Finsihed the year with 229 digs which was tops on the team... was third on the team with 64 blocks and 248 kills, and tied for the team lead with 31 service aces... was one of only three players to play in every game for USU... her best match of the season came on Sept. 30 at Boise State when she recorded a career-high 21 digs, while hitting .412 (21-7-34) in the match... also had three blocks in the contest... best defensive game of the year was at Idaho on Oct. 2 when she had 18 digs and five blocks... averaged 2.85 kills, 0.55 assists, 0.36 service aces, 2.63 digs, and 0.74 blocks per game... had a career-high seven block assists versus CS Fullerton on Oct. 16.
1998 (SO.): Was one of only four Aggies to play in ever match during the season... appeared in 104 games on the year, which was the third most on the squad... set new career bests in every category except block assists during the '98 season... her best match of the year came at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 17, when she recorded a career-high 19 kills on 52 attacks with 10 hitting errors for a .173 hitting percentage... during that match, she also set new career standards in digs with 17... had a new career-high in assists versus Wyoming on Oct. 5 with 10, and set a new career-high in service aces versus Jacksonville University on Sept. 4 with four... had her most efficient hitting match versus the Dolphins as well, as she posted a .538 hitting percentage with seven kills on 13 attacks and no errors... recorded double-digit kills in 11 matches on the season and notched four double-doubles with digs and kills... finished fourth on the team with kills (247), second in assists (60), first in service aces (28), first in digs (229), and fourth in total blocks with 63... averaged 2.38 kills and 2.20 digs per game, while hitting .125 on the season, including a .099 clip in league matches.
1997 (FR.): Saw action in all but two matches for the Aggies... named the Most Improved Player for the Aggies... came on strong in the second half of the season, becoming one of the team's best blockers... recorded at least one block in 15 of her last 18 matches... also recorded at least two kills in that stretch... finished fourth on the team with 43 block assists... had her best outing of the season at Idaho (11/14), helping the Aggies to a win by hitting .533 (10-2-15) and recording six blocks... hit .545 at Cal Poly SLO (6-0-11), her best mark of the season... had a season-high of 10 digs against Portland (9/20).
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Earned league and Most Valuable Player honors in 1995 and '96 for Golden Sierra High School... named all-metro and all-area in '96... helped lead team to a record of 19-2 in 1996, including a Golden Empire League Championship... played for the Gold Country Club team in 1995 and '96 and played for High Voltage 18's Adidas in 1997.
PERSONAL: Full name: Melissa Ann Schoepf... Born 7/23/79 in Montclair, Calif. ... Hometown: Georgetown, Calif. ... daughter of Lyn Stanley and Roger and Kathi Schoepf... major is family and consumer science.
SCHOEPF'S CAREER BESTS
Kills 21 at Boise State 9/30/99 Assists 10 vs. Wyoming 10/5/98 Aces 4(2) CS Fullerton 10/16/99 Digs 18 at Idaho 10/2/99 Block Solos 1(7) at Boise State 9/30/99 Block Assists 7 CS Fullerton 10/16/99