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Melissa Wright Athlete Profile

#11 Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright
Position: Libero Height: 5-5 Roster Years: 2008-2009 Hometown: Palm Springs, CA Last School: Palm Springs High School


Parents are Robert and Madelyn Lake ... got married in the summer of 2009 to Daniel Wright ... has two brothers and three sisters ... began attending BYU in the fall of 2006 before walking on with the women's volleyball team in 2008 ... enjoys scrapbooking, photography and country music ... began playing volleyball in the sixth grade majoring in exercise science with an emphasis in fitness and wellness management.

Before BYU

Club: Played for the Desert Sports volleyball club for two years and the Mojave volleyball club for four years.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Palm Springs High School under coach Gary Wilhoite ... played outside hitter as a freshman before moving to the setter position in her final three seasons ... received All-Desert Valley League First Team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior after earning honorable mention as a freshman ... named the DVL Female Athlete of the Year by The Desert Sun following her junior and senior campaigns in 2004 and 2005, respectively ... helped her team win the league title in 2003, 2004 and 2005 ... was the team MVP as a junior and senior after earning co-MVP honors as a sophomore ... was a team captain in her final two seasons ... also lettered three years in water polo and four years in track, breaking the school triple jump record as a junior ... participated in concert choir for two years and spent six years as a member of the National Charity League, an organization dedicated to leadership and community service ... graduated third in her class with a 4.0 GPA and received the Principals' Award and Honor Roll all eight semesters of high school.


KILLS: 1 (three times)
HITTING PERCENTAGE: 1.000 vs. Ole Miss, 8/28/09
ASSISTS: 5 vs. SDSU, 9/17/09
ACES: 3 vs. Virginia, 9/12/09
DIGS: 20 (three times)
2008 21-71 2 3 11 -.091 16 8 17 26 253 0 0 0 0 0
2009 29-110 1 2 23 -.043 43 13 23 12 291 0 0 0 0 1
Total 50-181 3 5 34 -.059 59 21 40 38 544 0 0 0 0 1

2008 | Sophomore Year

Played in 21 matches and 71 sets for BYU as a walk-on sophomore ... began the year as a defensive specialist but became the starting libero midway through the year ... finished the season with a team-best 253 digs along with two kills, 16 assists and eight aces ... led the team and ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference with 3.56 digs per set ... was third in the league in that category in conference play (4.12) ... tallied 14 matches in double-figure kills, including two matches with 20 digs ... led the team in digs in 15 contests made her Cougar debut in BYU's season-opening match, playing one set against Utah State after walking on to the team ... saw time in the back row at the InnTowner Invitational, leading BYU with 18 digs at No. 14 Wisconsin ... outdug both liberos at No. 15 Colorado State, tallying 12 digs despite only playing half the time ... made her first career start against Air Force, posting 16 digs in three sets ... notched a career-high 20 digs at UNLV ... posted 19 digs at No. 23 Utah ... helped BYU stun No. 15 Colorado State in Provo with 20 digs in five sets, tying her career high ... named Academic All-MWC.

2009 | Junior Year

Played in all 29 matches and all 110 sets as a junior ... named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team ... ranked 10th in the MWC in digs, averaging 2.88/set in MWC matches ... tied her career-high 20 digs at TCU, setting her season-high record ... started as a defensive specialist ... had a career-high five assists against SDSU, also adding 18 digs ... tallied double-digit digs in 15 matches vs. Cal Poly (14), vs. then-No. 23 Kansas State (18), at then-No. 5 Nebraska (14), vs. Virginia (11), at Utah (15), vs. North Dakota St. (10), vs. TCU (11), at Wyoming (12), vs. Utah (12), vs. UVU (16), vs. UNLV (18), at TCU (20), vs. Wyoming (10) and vs. Colorado St. (17) ... led the Cougars in digs in six matches.