Tara Cross-Battle
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-0 Weight: 156
Birthdate: Sept. 16, 1968
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
College: Long Beach State University
Team USA member since: 1990 Major international competition: 1995 World Cup ... 1995 World Grand Prix (gold) ... 1995 Canada Cup (gold) ... 1995 Pan American Games (silver) ... 1994 World Championship ... 1994 World Grand Prix ... 1993 FIVB Grand Champions Cup ... 1993 World Grand Prix ... 1993 NORCECA Championships (silver) ... 1992 FIVB Super Four (bronze) ... 1992 Olympics (bronze) ... 1991 World Cup ... 1991 NORCECA (silver) ... 1990 World Championship ... 1990 Goodwill Games. Highlights with USA national team: Named Team USA's MVP of 1995 ... "Most Valuable Player" and "Best Scorer" of 1995 World Grand Prix, winning $30,000 in bonus money ... selected to 1995 All-Canada Cup team and was MVP of championship match (4-3-95) ... rejoined USA national team in July-94 after seeing limited action in 1993, due to participation in Italian pro league ... her team-high 16 kills versus Canada at '95 Pan American Games clinched silver medal for Team USA ... had 18 kills and two service aces in World Championship match versus Japan that clinched Group D title for USA ... selected as best hitter at the World Championship Qualification Tournament in Ankara, Turkey (1993) ... served as valuable offensive reserve with 32 kills in six matches at '92 Olympics ... granted an automatic spot on the USA national team roster ... shared post-season Players Award with Elaina Oden in 1991 ... started throughout '91 campaign ... originally joined USA program in Jan., 1990. Other volleyball achievements: Competed for Ancona in Italian Club League during 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons ... accumulated international experience in summer of 1988 as member of USA B team against West Germany, and in summer of 1989 as member of B team against Canada and mixed A/B team which traveled to Japan. College/high school: Two-time NCAA Division I Player of the Year at Long Beach State (1988-89) ... four-time All-America and member of NCAA 1980s All-Decade team ... led LBSU 49ers to 32-5 record and school's first-ever NCAA Division I national title in 1989 ... named NCAA Player of the Year as junior (1988), and shared '89 award with current USA teammate Teee Williams of Hawaii ... winner of 1989 Honda Award (outstanding collegiate woman athlete) for volleyball ... established NCAA career kill record (2,767) ... her 779 kills (.353) in 89 set LBSU and Big West Conference record and is second-highest number of kills ever recorded by an NCAA player in a single season ... holds several other school records: single-match kills (47 vs. Florida State in 1987), total attempts (5,694) and digs (1,578) ... ranks second in service aces (144) and third in block assists (220) ... coached at LBSU by Brian Gimmillaro ... member of 1989 U.S. Open Volleyball Champion Plymouth Californians, and second-team USVBA All-America pick ... a 1986 graduate of Southern California Christian High School in Anaheim, Calif. ... also attended Gahr High School her junior year ... led Gahr to CIF 5-A championship, while garnering all-league, league MVP and all-CIF honors ... as a senior, powered SC Christian to CIF 1-A title and was again named all-league, CIF MVP and MVP of state tournament ... listed on 1986 Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 roster, and further honored as member of 1990 All-Time Fab 50 elite ... received 1989 Athlete of the Year Award from Long Beach Century Club, an honor won the previous year by USA men's team member Bob Ctvrtlik ... coached at SCCHS by Ed Gover. Personal: Born Sept. 16, 1968 in Houston ... majored in speech communication at LBSU ... married to Spencer Battle.