The University of Tulsa is an NCAA Division I member for all sports and a member of the American Athletic Conference. TU moved into The American on July 1, 2014 after dominating Conference USA with more than double the number of league championships than any other conference school in nine years as a C-USA member.
Since the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Center in 1998, Tulsa’s athletic facilities have undergone a major facelift. New facilities include the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, the Collins Family Softball Complex, the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium, the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest, the Jack Zink Indoor Rowing Center, the Case Athletic Complex and major renovation to H.A. Chapman Stadium.
Career at Tulsa: A two-time letterwinner … played in 56 career matches and recorded 33 matches with double-digit kills and 45 matches with double-digit digs in her career.
Senior (2014): Named to the Academic All-America Division I Volleyball Team, the second player in program history to earn the award, the first since 1989 … named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team … played in 28 matches and 104 sets … 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 … finished the season fourth in the nation in services aces per set (0.52) … finished the season eighth in the nation in total service aces (54) … recorded a career-high 21 kills against Houston (10/12) … tallied a career-high 62 attempts against Cincinnati (11/7) … matched a career-high 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 career-high 20 kills and added 25 digs at UAB (9/29) and was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week on that following Monday, where she also hit .346 (20-2-52) against the Blazers ... 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: Two-year letterwinner at University of South Florida ... named to the All-Big East Second Team as a freshman in 2011 as she paced the league and ranked 20th nationally in service aces per set with a 0.44 clip ... led the team with a 3.65 kills per set, which ranked third in the Big East ... had a 4.15 kills per set in league play in 2011 ... Totaled 621 kills, 76 blocks, 515 digs, 77 serivce aces in 53 matches.
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 and favorite TV show is "Castle"... majoring in management & marketing