Natalie Whittaker Layton Athlete Profile

#2 Natalie Whittaker Layton

Natalie Whittaker Layton
Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-0 Roster Years: 1997-2001 Hometown: American Fork, UT Last School: American Fork High School

Personal

High School: American Fork High ... Major: Anthropology ... Parents are Layne and Susan Whittaker ... she is the youngest of two children ... older sister Heather played on the BYU volleyball team (1994-97).

At BYU

2000 - Junior: Natalie played in 66 of 114 games as BYU?s top reserve ... averaged 2.02 digs and 0.52 kills while hitting .204 in mostly a defensive role ... tied a career high with six kills and had a career-best 3 assists to help BYU come from behind to defeat No. 2 LBSU in five games ... had a season-best 11 digs vs. Wyoming ... had three double-digit dig matches ... set or tied career highs last year in kills, hitting percentage, blocks, assists and aces. 1999 - Sophomore: Played 107 games for the Cougars, spending much of the time on the back row ... finished the season with 181 digs, averaging 1.69 digs/game ... set a career-high 12 digs on two different occasions (vs. Toledo and at Arizona St.) ... had double digit digs in five matches in 1999. 1998 - Freshman: Played in eight matches ... played in three games against UMass and had career-high 6 kills ... registered 5 kills on 7 attempts against Siena College for a .714 hitting percentage. 1997 - Redshirt.

Before BYU

Club/National: Second Team all-region in 1994, First Team all-region in 1996, region MVP in 1995 and 1997... Gatorade Circle of Champions in 1995, Student Sport magazine First Team All-America ... Volleyball magazine "Fab 50" recruit list ... member of the USA Youth National Team. High School: American Fork High School MVP in 1994 and 1995 and most inspirational player in 1996 ... First Team All-Region IV in 1994 and Region IV MVP in 1995 and 1996 ... First Team 5A All-State in 1994, 5A Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune MVP in 1995, UHSAA 5A Player of the Year in 1996 ... led team to 1995 Utah 5A state championship and the state finals in 1996.
HIGH SCHOOL -- (1993-1996): American Fork High School MVP in 1994 and 1995 and most inspirational player in 1996 ... First Team All-Region IV in 1994 and Region IV MVP in 1995 and 1996 ... First Team 5A All-State in 1994, 5A Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune MVP in 1995, UHSAA 5A Player of the Year in 1996 ... led team to 1995 Utah 5A state championship and the state finals in
1996.

Stats

CAREER MATCH HIGHS
Kills: 14 (twice)
Pct.: .520 (14-1-25) at UNLV, 11/9/01
Digs: 21 vs. Utah State, 11/29/01
Blocks: 6 at Cal Poly, 11/23/01
Assists: 5 vs. Texas, 9/1/01
Aces: 5 at Air Force, 10/26/01
CAREER AVERAGES
.201 hitting percentage
2.25 digs per game
0.89 kills per game
0.25 assists per game
0.22 blocks per game
0.18 service aces per game



1997 | Redshirt Year

REDSHIRT

1998 | Freshman Year

Played in eight matches ... played in three games against UMass and had career-high 6 kills ... registered 5 kills on 7 attempts against Siena College for a .714 hitting percentage.

1999 | Sophomore Year

Played 107 games for the Cougars, spending much of the time on the back row ... finished the season with 181 digs, averaging 1.69 digs/game ... set a career-high 12 digs on two different occasions (vs. Toledo and at Arizona St.) ... had double digit digs in five matches in 1999.

2000 | Junior Year

Natalie played in 66 of 114 games as BYU's top reserve ... averaged 2.02 digs and 0.52 kills while hitting .204 in mostly a defensive role ... tied a career high with six kills and had a career-best 3 assists to help BYU come from behind to defeat No. 2 LBSU in five games ... had a season-best 11 digs vs. Wyoming ... had three double-digit dig matches ... set or tied career highs last year in kills, hitting percentage, blocks, assists and aces.

2001 | Senior Year

Played in all 104 games ... led the MWC in digs with 3.04 digs per game ... added 1.91 kills per game while hitting .227 ... had a team-high 18 matches with 10 or more digs, including eight contests with 15 or more defensive gems
... recorded a career-high 21 digs in her final match as a Cougar against Utah State in the NCAA Tournament ... had two double-doubles with 14 kills and 19 digs vs. Texas and 14 kills and 11 digs at UNLV ... her 14 kills were career highs ... hit a personal-best .520 attack percentage at UNLV with 14 kills in 25 attempts with only one error ... had a career-best six blocks with nine kills and 11 digs in a five-game win over Cal Poly at the Long Beach Thanksgiving Tournament ... recorded a career high five service aces at Air Force and career-best five assists vs. Texas ... established new career marks in every statistical category during the season.