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23  Sam Podraza
Sam Podraza


San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Scripps Ranch





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2012 Volleyball Headshots

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Sam Podraza Photo Gallery

Appeared in eight matches as a sophomore ... came off the bench in 11 sets ... finished with five kills off 18 attempts for an .056 percentage ... totaled three blocks as well ... saw her most action of the year on Oct. 27 against West Virginia where she played in three sets.

Saw significant playing time in the middle during freshman season ... appeared in 25 matches while making eight starts ... totaled 35 kills while notching 30 blocks as well ... 29 of her blocks came on assists ... fairly accurate on the attack as well, finishing with a .178 hitting percentage ... also had five service aces ... began the year with a season-high eight kills against Grambling State at the TCU Invitational ... also had six kills in Tech's other match against Grambling ... also had a season-high .500 hitting percentage in that match ... saw action in 14 conference matches ... best performance came at Kansas where she had six kills ... took 17 attempts against the Jayhawks, one shy of her season high recorded the next match against Baylor ... posted a season-high four blocks a match earlier against Texas A&M.

CAREER HIGHS (entering 2013 season)
Kills: 8, vs. Grambling State, 8/27/11
Total Attacks: 18, vs. Baylor, 10/26/11
Hitting Percentage (Min. 5 Kills): .500, vs. Grambling State, 9/9/11
Assists: 1, twice, last at Baylor, 10/5/11
Service Aces: 2, twice, last vs. Grambling State, 9/9/11
Digs: 1, several times, last vs. Kansas, 11/12/11
Solo Blocks: 1, at Texas A&M, 11/2/11
Block Assists: 4, vs. Texas A&M, 10/19/11
Total Blocks: 4, vs. Texas A&M, 10/19/11

Played for one of the more successful program in California at Scripps Ranch High School ... squad won the CIF Division II title in 2008 and 2010 ... finished senior year as the Division II Player of the Year ... a first-team all-league and All-CIF selection as well ... honored by the San Diego Union Tribune as its Athlete of the Week ... also picked as the school's Athlete of the Month ... also a member of the school's track and field team ... was the league champion in the high jump and finished as the CIF runner-up ... her 4x400m relay team won both the league and CIF crowns.

Member of the Epic Volleyball Club ... team combined to go 49-3 in her three stints with the program.

Born May 2, 1993, to parents Tim and Kathy Podraza ... has three younger siblings, Danny, Zach, and Alexa ... father is a NFL referee while her mother serves as the head track coach at Scripps Ranch High School ... majoring in human development and family studies.

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