Height: 6-2/188 cm
Weight: 160 lbs/73 kg
Hometown: Fallbrook, Calif.
Birth Date: June 22, 1986
College: Loyola Marymount
Joined Team: January 2008
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2010 – Tour of China. 2008 – Tour of China…Pan American Cup (Fifth Place).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Started all three matches of USA’s tour of China club teams…Averaged 4.00 points and 2.33 digs per set on China Tour…Totaled 11 points versus Hong Kong on Jan. 30 with 10 kills and a block…Added 11 points versus Evergrande on Jan. 31, all on kills. 2008 – Scored 68 points as the primary opposite hitter on a three-week, eight-match tour of China…Tallied 60 kills, four blocks and four aces in China as Team USA won five of eight matches with a young squad…Compiled 35 points in 27 sets at the Pan American Cup, including averages of 1.04 kills, 0.15 aces, 0.14 blocks and 1.30 points per set…Due to illness at the libero position, played her first-ever match at the position in the fifth-place match of the Pan American Cup and received 46 of the 95 service chances compiling an 83 positive percent…Added 1.07 digs per set at the Pan American Cup.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2007 – Earned AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention and first-team All-WCC honors as a senior…Finished first in the West Coast Conference in kills and points with 5.00 and 5.56 per game, respectively…Ended season ranked 18th in the nation in kills per game, collected a WCC-best 19 double-doubles and was the only WCC player to record a triple-double, accomplishing the feat twice… Ranked among Loyola Marymount’s record books in several categories as she has claimed the top spot in aces (157), second in kills (1,679), digs (1,261) and total attacks (4,435), fourth in games played (438) and kills-per-game (3.83), seventh in service aces-per-game (0.36) and ninth in digs-per-game (2.88). 2006 - Earned All-WCC recognition for the third straight year and made it back-to-back first-team selections... Averaged 4.09 kills, 0.50 aces and 3.27 digs per game…Led LMU with 19 statistical double-doubles...Recorded her 1,0000career kill on Oct. 14 against San Francisco. 2005 – Named first-team All-WCC and tabbed 2005-06 LMU Co-Female Athlete of the Year...Only WCC player to record a triple-double on the season and did it five times. 2004 – Received All-WCC honorable mention recognition... led team with 42 service aces and ranked second with 2.95 kills per game.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: U.S. Women’s National A2 Team alternate in 2007…USA Volleyball Junior National Team alternate in 2006…U.S. Girls’ Youth A2 alternate in 2003 and 2004.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: A 2004 graduate of Fallbrook High School in Fallbrook, Calif... Served as captain at Fallbrook during her junior and senior seasons... Three-time All-Avocado League selection... Earned All-CIF recognition in back-to-back seasons... Named all-state by CalHiSports both her junior and senior seasons... played club volleyball for Epic…Started playing club volleyball with Fitness Plus 14s.
PERSONAL: Born Heather Lee Hughes on June 22, 1986, in Oceanside, Calif…Parents are Bill and Lori Hughes…Siblings are brother Taylor (1990) and sister Kristen (1984)…Majored in communications with a business minor at Loyola Marymount University with anticipated graduation year of 2008… Hobbies include beach volleyball, listening to music, beach and anything in the sun…Favorite food is watermelon…Favorite book is Angels and Demons…Favorite music is alternative and almost everything else…Favorite athlete is Karch Kiraly…Most admired person is father Bill as “he is the most respectable person I know and is always thinking of others. He gives 100 percent in everything he does. He always has a positive attitude and can solve any problem that comes his way.”…Father played volleyball for Long Beach State and on the beach circuit, while mother played tennis at UC Santa Barbara…As the crocodile in the play Peter Pan in performing arts during middle school, fell off the stage chasing Captain Hook.
Last Updated: March 29, 2010