#4 Joel Silva, position: libero, height: 6-2, year: senior
hometown: San Fernando, Venezuela, last school: Park University, major: electrical engineering
JUNIOR – (2008–2009):
  • Played in and started all 30 matches and saw action in 116 sets on the year
  • Tied BYU rally-scoring record with 249 digs, a record he set in 2008
  • Recorded a season-high 15 digs against Penn State and Long Beach State
  • Had double-digit digs in 10 matches
SOPHOMORE - (2007–2008):
  • Played in and started 28 matches and 105 games
  • Set BYU rally-scoring record with 249 digs
  • Was among the nation's top 20 in digs and digs-per-game
  • Recorded career high 21 digs at Hawaii, Apr. 3
  • Tallied 10 or more digs in 11 matches on the year
  • Beat previous personal best of 14 digs three times on the season
  • Spent the summer competing with the Venezuelan Senior National Team
  • Competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
FRESHMAN - (2006–2007):
  • Played in 28 matches and 95 games at Libero
  • Leads the team with 208 digs and 2.19 digs per game
  • Recorded double-digits in digs eight times
  • Registered a career-high 14 digs against Hawaii on Feb. 24
  • Recorded 12 digs on April 7 against UC San Diego
BEFORE BYU:
  • Played at El Pinar secondary school for Miguel Cambero
  • Also played for he Lara club team and the Venezuela men's national team
  • Was a member of the Venezuelan National Champions with the Lara club team
  • Also played basketball and baseball
PERSONAL:
  • Born in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela
  • Parents are Joel Silva Orozco and Maria Elena Pantoja
  • Has one brother and three sisters
  • Brother, Freddys played professional indoor soccer in Venezuela
  • Enjoys reading and the Star Wars movies
  • Majoring in electrical engineering
  • Started playing volleyball after watching Gustavo Valderrama of the Venezuelan national team play in the 1998 American Cup
YEAR G K K/G E TA PCT A SA SE SA/G RE D D/G BS BA TOT B/G
2007 95 1 0.01 1 2 0 14 0 0 0 26 208 2.19 0 0 0 0
2008 105 1 0.01 0 1 0 24 0 1 0 21 249 2.37 0 0 0 0
2009 116 1 0.01 0 1 1 29 0 0 0 26 249 2.15 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 316 3 0.01 1 4 0.5 67 0 1 0 73 706 2.23 0 0 0 0
  • Kills: 1 (three times)
  • Attempts: 1 (four times times)
  • Digs: 21 at Hawaii, 4/3/08
  • Assists: 4 vs. Hawaii, 1/22/09
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