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Valerie  El Houssine
18   Valerie El Houssine

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Longchamps, Belgium

Last College:
South Florida

Height:
5-11

Position:
Outside Hitter

Experience:
1L


Career at Tulsa: Was two-year letterwinner at Tulsa after transferring from South Florida … played in 56 career matches and recorded 33 matches with double-digit kills and 45 matches with double-digit digs in her career … completed her career with 774 digs for 3.62 average and 597 kills for a 2.79 average … had 19 block solos and 50 block assists in her career.

Senior (2014): Named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Third Team, the second player in program history to earn the award and the first since 1989 … named to the American Athletic Conference second team … played in 28 matches and 104 sets … finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in services aces per set (0.52) and eighth in total service aces (54) … recorded 327 kills (3.14 kills per set), 54 services aces (0.52 service aces per set) 374 digs (3.60 digs per set) 35 blocks (0.34 blocks per set) and 403.5 points (3.88 points per set) … finished with 208 kills (3.25 kills per set) 31 service aces (0.48 service aces per set), 243 digs (3.80 digs per set) and 16 blocks (0.25 blocks per set) in league play … recorded a career-high 21 kills against Houston (10/12) … tallied a career-high 62 attempts against Cincinnati (11/7) … matched a career-best with 26 digs against Temple (11/21) … had a career-high five service aces against SMU (10/15) … tallied a season-high four blocks against Chattanooga (8/30) … finished with a career-high 22.5 points against Boise State (9/5) and Houston (10/12) … was the tournament MVP at the Sugar Bear Classic, hosted by Central Arkansas … named Co-MVP at the Golden Hurricane Classic.

Junior (2013): Played in 28 matches and 110 sets … recorded 270 kills (2.45 kills per set), 400 digs (3.64 digs per set), 34 blocks (0.31 blocks per set), 304.0 points and 2.76 points per set … totaled 93 kills, 2.27 kills per set, 140 digs, 3.41 digs per set, 17 blocks, 0.41 blocks per set, 107.0 points and 2.61 points per set in league matches … ranked 16th in C-USA with a 3.63 digs per set overall and 16th with a 3.41 digs per set in league matches … registered a season-high 20 kills, added 25 digs at UAB (9/29) and was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for that performance and hit .346 (20-2-52) … tallied 11 double-doubles on the season … recorded nine-plus digs in 23 of 26 matches and 20-plus digs in five of 26 matches … recorded a career-high 26 digs against Oral Roberts (9/3) … compiled four blocks against Rice (10/4) … was named to the Dayton Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Prior to Tulsa: Was a two-year letterwinner at South Florida … named to the All-Big East second team as a freshman in 2011 as she led the league and ranked 20th nationally in service aces per set with an 0.44 clip … led the team with a 3.65 kills per set, which ranked third in the Big East … had 4.15 kills per set in league play in 2011 ... totaled 621 kills, 76 blocks, 515 digs and 77 service aces in 53 career matches in two seasons at USF.

High School: Competed for the Belgian National Team at the Junior World Championship in the summer of 2011 … led the Belgian Youth National Team to a gold medal in the Young Olympic Games in August of 2010 … played for the VC Mosan Yvior Club team in Belgium’s premier league, the Honor Division.

Personal: Born Valerie Laura El Houssine on Aug. 17, 1993 in Antwerp, Belgium ... daughter of Ali El Houssine and Marleen Verret ... favorite professional volleyball player is Logan Tom ... favorite movie is “The Notebook” … favorite TV show is “Castle”... majoring in management and marketing.