Eleftheria “Ria” Koukou enters her third season at LMU…second competing as a Lion after redshirting the 1999 season…brings a vast amount of international and collegiate playing experience to the team…has developed a lethal jump serve…as a left-handed player, she presents numerous problems for opponents…a very gifted athlete who can attack from either side…an athletic and explosive player who understands the game…a fierce competitor…will probably anchor the starting opposite hitter position.
Played in 63 games…recorded a career-best 19 kills against Cal Poly (Sept. 1), her first match as a Lion…also recorded her first double-double of the year that game picking up 11 digs…recorded her second double-double in an upset win over Pepperdine (Nov. 4), 16 kills, 17 digs…the 17 digs against the Waves was a career high…also put up a career-best four solo blocks against the Waves that night…hit a career-high .611 against Gonzaga (Nov. 11)…lit up the ‘Zags with 11 kills on 18 attacks while committing no hitting errors…posted her fourth double-digit kill total game against Saint Mary’s (Sept. 30)…put up 12 kills on 28 attempts againt the Gaels that match…was one of only six Lions to hit for double-digit kills during the season…averaged 1.95 kills and 1.86 digs per game…hit above .300 in seven matches throughout the year…hit above .500 twice…served up 16 aces on the year, sixth-best on the squad…finished with 123 kills, fifth-best among the Lions.
Koukou redshirted her first season in the Lions’ program.
At Oregon State-1998-Sophomore
Played in 79 games…finished fourth in the Pacific-10 with an 0.35 service aces per game average…recorded a personal-best and team-high five aces against Denver on Sept. 7…posted eight double-figure kill performances and one double-double performance…earned Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention honors.
Played in 85 games as a freshman…accumulated 109 kills and 79 digs…posted three double-figure kill performances…recorded a season-high 12 kills against Washington State (Nov. 20)…had a double-double against Kent State (10 kills, 15 digs) on Aug. 30, and Washington State (12 kills, 13 digs) on Sept. 19.
Koukou graduated from Polykladiko Lyceum in 1996.
Eleftheria Koukou was born in Kavala, Greece on March 18, 1979…the daughter of Christos and Georgia Koukou…has one brother, Akis…lists playing beach volleyball and sleeping as her hobbies…names her favorite vacation spot as the Greek Islands and the Bahamas…a business administration major with a minor in Italian.