Blazers stay perfect in October
Blazers post 18 blocks as a team in 3-1 victory against Miners
Heather Thomas reaches 2,000 digs for career
Matches are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon
Four players post double-doubles as Blazers improve to 18-5, 8-3 C-USA
AS A JUNIOR (2012)
Played in all 129 sets and all 34 matches for the Blazers, starting in nine matches ... recorded 451 assists and a 3.50 assists per set average, good for second on the team ... tallied 20 or more assists in six matches ... recorded a career-high 39 assists against SMU (Oct. 25) ... surpassed 1,000 career assists with 22 dimes against Georgia State (Sep. 4) ... recorded 17 aces ... laced three aces in a match on three occasions (vs. Rice (Sep. 23), at Tulane (Sep. 30) and vs. East Carolina (Nov. 2)) ... totaled 253 digs ... recorded double-digit digs in nine matches including a season-high 15 digs against UCF (Oct. 14) ... finished the year with nine double-doubles ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011)
Saw game action in every set (118) and match (32) of the season ... split setting duties with teammate Alison Woods running the 6-2 offense ... recorded 533 assists for the season for a per set average of 4.52 ... recorded 10 or more helpers in 28 of 32 matches ... surpassed the 20-assist mark nine times ... recorded 198 total digs for a 1.68 per set average ... tallied eight double-doubles ... laced 19 service aces ... distributed a season-high 25 assists on two occasions, the last on Sept. 3 vs. Stephen F. Austin ... corralled a season-best 12 digs on Sept. 30 at Tulane ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010)
Played in 25 matches ... spent two-thirds of the season in a rotation with fellow setter Alison Woods as part of a 6-2 offensive attack ... also saw action in several matches solely as a defensive specialist ... dished out 340 assists (3.78 per set) ... topped 25 assists in a match three times, including a season-best 34 assists Oct. 1 against East Carolina ... recorded two double-doubles - 14 assists and 10 digs Aug. 28 versus Indiana and 30 assists and 13 digs Sept. 25 against SMU ... had seven other matches with at least 10 assists and at least seven digs ... finished the year with 145 digs (1.61 per set) ... led the team with a .963 serve percentage and nearly as many aces (10) as service errors (11) ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Helped Plant High School to back-to-back state championships, one in Florida's Class 5A in 2008 and one in Class 6A in 2009 ... coached by Leanna Taylor ... a three-time all-county performer and twice an honorable mention all-state selection ... chosen as an Under Armour All-American as a senior ... averaged 10.9 assists per game in 2009 ... selected as a finalist for both the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida and the PrepVolleyball.com Andi Collins Award for the best setter in the country ... also guided Berkeley Prep to a pair of state tournament appearances before transferring to Plant ... member of the National Honor Society and Social Studies Honor Society ... played in four Junior Olympics ... helped her Florida High Performance team to a third-place national finish ... her Tampa Bay Juniors team won a 15-Under Junior National Championship.
Rebecca Jane Howard ... born Jan. 1, 1992 in Tampa, Fla. ... daughter of George and Beth Howard ... has two brothers, Jason and Trey ... business with a minor in industrial distribution.