Heather Whittaker Athlete Profile

#18 Heather Whittaker

Positions: Middle Blocker, Opposite Hitter Height: 6-0 Roster Years: 1994-1997 Hometown: American Fork, UT Last School: American Fork High School

Personal

Daughter of Layne and Susan Whittaker ... sister Natalie played volleyball at BYU ... loves all kinds of Italian food ... originally from American Fork, Utah ... attended American Fork High School ... majoring in business and marketing ... favorite movies are "Hoosiers" and "Man From Snowy River" ... favorite books are "Les Miserables" and "The Work and the Glory" series ... her parents are the most influential people in her sports career because, "they rarely missed a game or a track meet. Some of my favorite memories are coming home late after a game and talking it over with my parents." ... her biggest sports thrill was winning the WAC title versus Hawai'i in 1996, making the 5,000 pre-made "Hawai'i - 1996 WAC Champs" T-Shirts obsolete.

Before BYU

High School: Two-time American Fork High School MVP and winner of the American Fork Athletic Directors Award ... two-time All-Region and Academic All-Region and two-time All-State and Academic All-State.
Club: Helped her Utah Juniors Red Team to the 1993 Regional Championship.

Stats

Game Highs
Kills: 12 vs. Minnesota, 09/07/95
Percentage: .500 (12-2-20) vs. Minnesota, 09/07/95
Blocks: 10 vs. Pepperdine, 09/07/96
Digs: 18 vs. Nebraska, 08/30/96
Year-by-Year Statistics
Year GP K E A Pct. SA SE RE BS BA TB BE Dig Ast.

1994 3 4 0 5 .800 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1995 76 114 48 299 .221 3 3 4 8 64 72 3 32 30
1996 44 62 20 180 .231 1 3 1 3 56 59 4 55 3
Total 123 180 68 484 .231 5 6 5 11 120 131 7 88 33

1994 | Freshman Year

Played in three games while recovering from knee surgery ... recorded four kills.

1995 | Sophomore Year

Earned a starting spot on the right side ... second on the team in hitting percentage (.221) ... averaged .95 blocks and 1.5 kills per game ... grabbed career-best 12 kills and .500 hitting percentage against Minnesota in the BYU-Mizuno Classic ... named to the All-Tournament team of the Utah Centennial Classic ... Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete.

1996 | Junior Year

Started at middle blocker for first half of season ... hit .233 and averaged 1.34 blocks per game and 1.41 kills per game ... recorded triple-double (10k, 18d, 10b) in the first match of the season against defending national champion Nebraska ... Academic All-WAC ... hit career-best 10 blocks twice and 18 digs once ... Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete.