Stacy Sykora
Texas A&M
Burleson, Texas
5' 10" - Libero
Joined Team: January 1999

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2003 - Montreux Volley Masters…Russia Tournament…Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)…NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)…Texas Tour…World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2002 - Montreux Volley Masters…Russia Tour…Utah Tour vs. Italy…World Grand Prix (sixth place)…Italy Tour…World Championships (Silver Medal). 2001 - Montreux Volley Masters…World Championships Qualifying (first place)…World Grand Prix (first place)…NORCECA (first place)…World Grand Champions Cup. 2000 - BCV VolleyMasters...Grand Prix...Japan Tour...NIKE Americas' Volleyball Challenge...Olympic Games (fourth place)...Russia Trip. 1999 - Australia Trip...Brazil Tour...BCV Volley Masters...Japan Tour...NORCECA Championships...Pan American Games...World Cup.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2003: - Helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2003 World Cup and a berth in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece…Finished sixth on the team with 89 total points in 11 matches (85 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace) as the United States went 8-3…On the season she led the United States in digs (533) and digs per set (3.46)…Earned "Best Digger" honors at the Montreux Volley Masters. 2002 - Won a silver medal at the 2002 Women's Volleyball World Championships…One of the world's best at her position…Played professionally for Starfin Ravenna in Italy's Serie A1. 2001 - Earned the Best Libero award at the Montreux Volley Masters after dominating both the serve-receive and digging statistical categories…Named the Best Digger at the World Grand Prix…Earned the Best Receiver award NORCECA Championships…Captured the Best Digger award at the season-ending World Grand Champions Cup…Played professionally for Mirabilandia Teodora Ravenna in Italy's Serie A1. 2000 - Finished as the team leader in digs (553) for the second consecutive year…Named best Libero at the NIKE Americas' Volleyball Challenge, helping Team USA qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics...Averaged 4.5 digs per game on the Japan Tour...Led the team with 68 digs and a 2.42 passing average on the Russia Trip…Was the leading digger at the BCV Volley Masters with 43 digs...Named Best Receiver at the Grand Prix, where she led the team with 133 digs…Placed second at the Olympic Games with 123 digs, including a career-high 26 against Korea in the five-set quarterfinal victory…Posted her 1,000th career dig in the bronze-medal match against Brazil. 1999 - Saw her first international playing time on the Australia Trip…Named best receiver at the BCV Volley Masters, and placed third in digging...Sparked the Americans' defense on the Japan Tour, recording a career-high 22 digs in the June 30 match...Team's primary passer and defensive player on the bronze-medal winning Pan American Games squad...Helped the Americans earn a three-match sweep of Brazil with 39 digs in 12 games...Tallied 53 digs en route to earning the best digger award at the NORCECA Championship...Recorded a team-high 153 digs at the World Cup...Recorded a team-high 456 digs.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1998 - American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team All-American...AVCA All-District 5...First-Team All-Big 12...Led the team in kills (4.74) and digs per game (4.37)...Finished the season ranked No. 9 in the country in digs per game...MVP of the All Sport Challenge. 1997 - AVCA Second-Team All-American...Asics/Volleyball Honorable Mention All-America...AVCA All-District 5...First-Team All-Big 12...MVP of the Georgia Invitational...Led the team and ranked second in the conference in digs per game (3.80). 1996 - AVCA All-District 5...Named team defensive player of the year...Led the Big 12 in digs per game with a 4.01 average... Set a school record with 24 digs in a three-game loss to Michigan State in the NCAA tournament...Posted a career-high 30 kills in a victory over nationally-ranked Loyola Marymount. 1995 - Saw action in 29-of-30 matches as a true freshman...Led the team in kills in four matches and in digs three times.

PERSONAL: Born Stacy Denise Sykora on June 24, 1977 in Fort Worth, Texas...Parents are Ed Sykora and Sherian Richards…Also has two older sisters: Kim Allen and Keri Henderson…Enjoys making jewelry, listening to music and writing poetry in her spare time...Lists Mexican and McDonald's as her favorite foods and "Ace Ventura" and "Dumb and Dumber" as her favorite movies...She would like to switch places with Dennis Rodman "because he is himself at all times and does what he wants."

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