Melissa Layton Athlete Profile

#12 Melissa Layton

Melissa Layton
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-1 Roster Years: 1997-2000 Hometown: Tempe, AZ Last School: Marcos de Niza High School

Personal

High School: Marcos de Niza Major: Psychology Parents: Kent and Kay Layton Family: Three older brothers ... father played college basketball at Adams State and Air Force High School Academic Honors: Member of the National Honor Society ... winner of the 1997 President's Education Award Favorite Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You Favorite Book: The Partner, by John Grisham Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock Favorite Musical Groups: Sarah McLachlan, Pearl Jam and Chicago Favorite Food: Pasta Sports Hero: Her dad Biggest Sports Thrill to Date: Beating the Czech Republic National Team during the 1999 summer tour of Europe. Favorite Move: Slamming an overpass

Before BYU

1994 Marcos de Niza team Most Improved Player ... 1995 and 1996 Team MVP ... two-time 1st Team All-City ... two-time 1st Team Central Region and 1996 Central Region MVP ... 1995 2nd Team All-East Valley and 1996 East Valley Co-Player of the Year ... 1995 Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State and 1996 1st Team Class 5A All-State ... earned Athlete of the Month honors on both freshman and JV basketball teams. Club: Led her East Valley Juniors team to a third-place finish at 1996 Junior Nationals. Honors: 1994 prep team ranked 17th nationally in Volleyball magazine.

Stats

Year   GP    K    E     A   Pct.   SA   SE   RE  BS   BA   TB  BE  Dig  Ast.
1997 41 96 50 229 .201 9 33 3 2 16 18 3 37 1
1998 111 301 97 579 .353 12 35 0 17 129 146 9 42 5
1999 104 185 95 431 .209 46 118 20 5 93 98 9 204 46
Total 256 582 242 1239 .274 67 186 23 24 238 262 21 283 52



1997 | Freshman Year

Stepped in as one of two outside hitters to replace Caroline Steuer Bower after her injury ... recorded 10 kills and seven digs in East Regional semi-final match against Texas A&M ... hit .462 against TCU ... averaged 2.34 kills per game and a .201 hitting percentage.

1998 | Sophomore Year

Was named 2nd Team All-WAC Pacific Division ... led the Cougars in hitting percentage with a .353 average ... hit .386 in WAC matches ... was second on the team in blocking with a 1.32 average ... had season high 13 kills vs. Utah State ... recorded a double-double against Hawai`i in the WAC Championship with 12 kills and 15 blocks.

1999 | Junior Year

Played in 104 of the Cougars 110 games on the season ... was second in the Mountain West Conference in service aces with 0.44/game ... finished the season sixth on the team in kills, averaging 1.78 kills/game ... played middle blocker, outside hitter and rightside hitter ... finished the season fifth on the team in digs with 204 ... had three matches where she finished with a double-double in kills and digs.