Tom Sorensen
Opposite Hitter
Height: 6-6 Weight: 190
Birthdate: April 6, 1971
Hometown: Racine, Wis.
College: Pepperdine University
Team USA Member Since: 1991 Major international competition: 1995 World Cup ... 1995 World League ... 1995 Pan American Games (silver) ... 1994 FIVB Super Four ... 1994 World Championship (bronze) ... 1994 World League ... 1993 FIVB Grand Champions Cup ... 1993 NORCECA Zone Championship (silver) ... 1993 World League ... 1991 Pan American Games ... 1991 World League. Highlights with USA National Team: One of top offensive weapons for Team USA in 1993, 1994 and 1995 ... has developed into a dependable and tenacious attacker and blocker ... his 21 kills paved the way in Team USA's bronze-medal-winning performance over Cuba (10-8-94) in the World Championship ... also leading spiker in Team USA's first two WC pool matches (vs. Germany, 9-29-94 and Argentina, 9-30-94), while providing blocking impetus with seven stuffs in upset of Brazil (10-1-94) ... was the leading hitter in each of three matches versus Denmark (Sept.-'94) that were tune-ups for the World Championship ... was one of few bright spots for USA during winless (0-12) '94 World League campaign ... rejoined program in spring-1993 and gained full-time status in Aug.-1993 ... named recipient of the Coaches' Award in 1993 ... originally joined USA national team during '91 World League campaign. Other volleyball achievements: Tallied 104 kills in five matches at '91 Pan American Games, where United States placed fourth ... registered match-high 32 kills versus Argentina ... keyed USA silver-medal performance at '91 World University Games in Sheffield, England. College/high school: Garnered All-America and all-conference acclaim during sophomore, junior and senior campaigns at Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif. ... helped Waves win 1992 NCAA title ... ranked second nationally with 7.45 kills per game in 1992 ... owns school record with 2,207 kills, and ranks among career top 10 in hitting percentage, total blocks, digs, and service aces ... 1990 Volleyball Monthly's "Freshman of the Year" ... earned gold medal at U.S. Olympic Festival-'89, and bronze medal at USOF-'90 ... coached at Pepperdine by Marv Dunphy (USA men's head coach at 1988 Olympics) ... a 1989 graduate of Racine Case High School, Racine, Wis. ... twice named state most valuable player ... selected Racine County player of the year in 1988 and 1989 ... coached at RCHS by Gary Sorensen. Personal: Born April 6, 1971 in Racine, Wis. ... majored in liberal arts at Pepperdine ... cousin, Kevin, played for national team in numerous international events, including 1979 Pan American Games and NORCECA Zone Championships, as well as in the now-defunct, professional International Volleyball Association.