Elaina Oden
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190
Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
College: University of the Pacific
Team USA member since: 1986 Major international competition: 1995 World Cup ... 1995 World Grand Prix (gold) ... 1995 Canada Cup (gold) ... 1994 World Championship ... 1994 World Grand Prix ... 1993 NORCECA Zone Championship (silver) ... 1992 FIVB Super Four (bronze) ... 1992 Olympics (bronze) ... 1991 World Cup ... 1991 NORCECA (silver) ... 1990 World Championship (bronze) ... 1990 Goodwill Games ... 1986 World Championship ... 1986 Goodwill Games (bronze). Highlights with USA national team: Named "best spiker" of 1995 World Grand Prix, earning a $10,000 bonus ... named to 1995 All-Canada Cup team ... earned a starting position following return to USA national team in June-1994 ... keyed U.S. victories with statistical leadership in 1994 World Championship vs. Kenya (8 kills, 4 stuffs, 10-21), Czech Republic (16 kills, 2 stuffs, 2 aces, 10-22) and Japan (6 stuffs), helping Team USA win Group D and advance to the quarterfinals ... saw limited playing time in 1993, due to participation in Italian pro volleyball league ... named most valuable player at the World Championship Qualification Tournament in Ankara, Turkey (1993) ... recorded 26 kills and .778 hitting percentage in bronze medal victory over Brazil at '92 Olympics ... compiled a grand total of 84 kills, 11 blocks and five service aces in Barcelona ... all-tournament pick at '91 Hong Kong Cup ... co-winner of 1991 Coaches Award (with Tara Cross-Battle) ... rejoined program in mid-1990 and resumed international career after three-year hiatus due to injury and college ... suffered major injury to left knee in mid-1987 against Soviet Union, and subsequent lengthy rehabilitation temporarily slowed career ... saw significant playing time in 1986-87, including 1986 Goodwill Games and World Championship tournaments ... originally came to USA team in 1986. Other volleyball achievements: Signed to play with Parma for 1992-93 in Italian Club League, and returned for 1993-94 campaign ... in 1985, traveled to the Orient with USA junior national team. College/high school: Led University of the Pacific to consecutive NCAA championships (1985-86) in her first two seasons ... garnered first-team All-America honors both years ... named 1986 Volleyball Monthly Player of the Year as sophomore ... rebounded from injury to be named 1989 All-Big West Conference and second-team All-America ... holds three UOP records: kills (1,485), hitting percentage (.341) and kills per match (12.1) ... also ranks third in blocks (534) and digs (1,229) ... in Nov-1989, UOP retired Elaina's jersey, as she became one of only three Tiger players to be so honored ... 1985 Pacific Coast Athletic Association player of the year ... selected to 1980s NCAA All-Decade team, along with sisters Bev and Kim ... coached at UOP by John Dunning ... a 1985 graduate of Irvine (Calif.) High School ... led Vaqueros to CIF-South Section 4-A title in 1981 and 1984 ... named 1984 CIF 4-A Player of the Year as senior ... lettered in basketball, softball and soccer ... state shot-put champion as senior ... chosen 1985 Orange County Athlete of the Year ... considered top prep prospect in country and rated number one on Volleyball Monthly's 1985 Fab 50 list, and further honored as member of 1990 All-Time Fab 50 elite ... coached at IHS by Mark McKenzie ... member of 1986 U.S. Open Volleyball Championship runner-up Chrysler Californians ... sisters Kim (1984-85) and Bev (1990) also won NCAA Player of the Year honors. Personal: Born March 21, 1967 in Orange, Calif. ... earned bachelor's degree in sociology at UOP (1990).