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2012 (As A Freshman):
Came on strong in the second half of the season, appearing in 15 matches and starting 12 of those in the middle ... missed the preseason due to a sprained ankle, but worked her way into the lineup in Pac-12 play, and ranked third on the team with a 1.15 blocks per set average ... her .322 attack percentage ranked third on the team, and she hit over .400 in eight matches ... served up 10 aces, an average of 0.19 per set ... 10 matches of at least 4 blocks ... put away 4 kills (.333 Att%) plus 4 blocks in the NCAA round of 16 loss at Nebraska (12/7) ... had 7 block assists including the match point block in the five set win over Hawaii in the NCAA 2nd round (12/1) ... hit a season-high .625 with 5 kills on 8 swings in the NCAA opening win over Central Arkansas (11/30), adding 4 blocks ... served up a season-high 4 aces and hit .500 with 5 kills on 10 swings at Washington State (11/23) ... hit a team-high .500 (4-0-8) against Arizona State with 6 block assists ... started and saw all five sets of UW's crazy 3-2 win over No. 4 Oregon (11/16), but had just 2 blocks overall ... a fantastic first return to her hometown of Palo Alto to face No. 1 Stanford (11/8), as she had a season-high 9 kills for the second match in a row, hitting .571 (9-1-14) with 4 blocks despite a 3-1 loss ... upped her season-high in kills to 9 in the 3-2 thriller at Cal (11/7), hitting .316 with 4 blocks and an ace ... the most efficient Husky in 3-2 win over Utah (11/4), hitting .455 with a 5-0-11 line and 6 block assists plus 2 aces for 10.0 points ... started and had 4 kills, 1 error on 6 attacks (.500 Att%) plus 3 blocks in win over Colorado (11/2) ... subbed in to start the second set at No. 6 UCLA and hit .556 with 6 kills on 9 swings with 2 blocks ... named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on 10/22 following a big week vs. Stanford and Cal in just her third and fourth matches of the season ... averaged 1.62 blocks per set during POTW week, posting 6 blocks vs. the Cardinal and a season-best 7 vs. the Bears ... against Cal, also had 6 kills (.545 Att%), the first 3 aces of her career, plus 2 digs and 1 assist, leading the team with 12.5 points ... checked in for two sets in win at Colorado but did not record a counting stat ... made her collegiate debut vs. Washington State on 9/18, making the start and earning one kill and three block assists in two sets.
High School and Personal:
Born in Santa Clara, California ... parents are Wendy Crowder and George Wade ... has one twin brother, Thomas ... one of the most highly-rated middle blockers in the class of 2012 ... listed No. 17 among all recruits in PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... one of just four middles named a 2011 First Team All-American by ESPNHS ... also chosen as an Under Armour First Team All-American by the AVCA, one of 24 players on the first team ... earned First Team All-America honors in 2011 from MaxPreps.com, and was MVP of the MaxPreps Division-I All-State First Team for California ... named to the 2012 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 ... led her team to the California Division-I state title in 2010 and again in 2011, becoming the first ever Northern Division school to win back-to-back CIF D-I state titles ... in her final high school match, in the state finals, she led Palo Alto with 27 kills in a five-set win ... her senior year squad was 36-3, after her junior year team was 41-1 ... played in the USA Volleyball junior system, earning a spot on the USA Select A1 Team in both 2008 and 2009, with the 2008 team winning the silver medal at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships ... named to the U.S. Girls' Youth National Training Team in 2010 ... played club four years for City Beach and coach Leah Hall ... City Beach won the 16-1 Open Division title at Far Westerns National Qualifier to advance to the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior Nationals ... played on City Beach 17 Black team that made nationals in 2011, and earning All-Tournament honors as the team finished sixth ... also played three years for Palo Alto Volleyball Club.