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The Road to the Hall: Sarah Noriega

Jan. 20, 2009


When she is inducted into the LMU Hall of Fame on February 6, 2009, Sarah Noriega will continue a stellar string of Hall of Fame inductees for women’s volleyball, including five since the 2005 ceremony.

Noriega became just the fifth volleyball player in LMU history to have her number retired on October 13, 2007.  While playing at LMU, she was an AVCA First Team All-American, a Volleyball Magazine All-American, a three-time All-West Coast Conference First Team selection and the 1997 WCC Player of the Year.  She was also a three-time All-District VIII honoree and was LMU's Female Athlete of the Year for the 1997-98 school year.

After appearing in 10 matches and posting 10 kills as a freshman in 1994, Noriega had a breakout sophomore season, posting 326 kills and a hitting percentage of .328 with 25 service aces, 111 digs, 14 block solos and 78 block assists en route to her first All-WCC selection.

Noriega was a member of three WCC Championship teams with the Lions, including their most successful season in program history in 1996, when the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  Playing opposite the setter, she led the Lions to a 26-3 overall record, a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play, and a WCC crown as a junior.  She collected 496 kills and a hitting percentage of .330 that year, while also posting 49 service aces, 170 digs and 106 total blocks (23 block solos and 83 block assists).

In her senior season, she was named the February National Player of the Month by Volleyball Magazine. That year she posted 614 kills and led the nation with a kill average of 6.90, both of which still rank her third in LMU history.  She teamed that mark with 39 service aces, 183 digs and 94 total blocks to earn All-American recognition.

Before returning to LMU to complete her degree in 2007, Noriega played with USA Volleyball and the U.S. National Team.  Some of her highlights include being a participant at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995, a World Games participant and a 2000 Olympian.  She still pervades the LMU career record books, ranking fourth all-time in kills (1,446), second in kill average (4.71) and third in attack percentage (.319).  Noriega also still holds the NCAA record for kills in a four-set match, when she recorded 47 kills on November 7, 1997, against San Diego.

Noriega will join Bryn Britton (Women’s Basketball, 2002), Bill Crone (Football, 1970), Ryan Eisberg (Men’s Water Polo, 1998), Reid Priddy (Men’s Volleyball, 2000) and Bernie Sandalow (LMU Public Address Announcer, 1978) as one of six new members of the LMU Hall of Fame when they are inducted on February 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, contact the Office of Special Events at (310) 338-5278 or  The invitation and RSVP card can also be downloaded using the following links:

2009 Hall of Fame Invitation

2009 Hall of Fame RSVP Card


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