Tiana Newsome enters her third year at LMU…one of the best athletes ever brought into the program also one of the most athletic middle blockers in the nation…has lightning quick speed…a ferocious defender of the net…developed offensively in the spring…an explosive jumper with incredible strength…will anchor the Lions defensively as a middle blocker.
Appeared in 38 games throughout the year…season-best performance came against Clemson (Sept. 2)…hit a career mark of 17 kills and 40 attempts against the Tigers…also put up a season-high 10 blocks that match, recording her only double-double of the year…finished with 65 kills and 30 blocks…also put up double-digit kill totals against Oral Roberts (Aug. 31), 11 and Cal Poly (Sept. 5), 10.
Played in all 29 matches and started in eight…saw action in 90 games…ended the year leading the West Coast Conference and ranked 23rd in the nation with a 1.46 blocks per game average…tied the LMU record for blocks in a four-game match (12) against San Jose State (Sept. 1)…hit double-digit kill totals in three games…10 kills against Portland (Oct. 14) and Santa Clara (Nov. 17)…had a season-high 11 kills against San Francisco (Nov. 18)…managed to hit above .300 12 times and above .500 three times…season-best attack percentage of .636 came against San Francisco (Oct. 9)…led the Lions’ blocking efforts in 20 matches…ended the year with 148 kills, fourth on the squad…averaged 1.64 kills per game…set a new freshman blocking record with 131 on the year…that mark ranks second all-time in the LMU single-season record book, three shy of the all-time record (134)…her 31 block solos ties for sixth on the all-time single-season chart…her total of 100 block assists the second best ever recorded in a single-season at LMU.
Newsome is a 2000 graduate of Centennial High School in Peoria, AZ…a three-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball…served as team captain of the squad as a senior…a two-time All-Citrus League selection as a sophomore and junior, All-West Valley League pick as a senior…led team in blocks all four years…named West Valley Region Player of the Year and All-State second-team pick in 1999…led her team to the league championship in the 1998 season with a 30-1 record…competed in track as junior and earned a varsity letter…prep volleyball coach was Diane Pavia.
Tiana Marie Newsome was born in Riverside, CA on April 1, 1982…the daughter of Larry and Michelle Newsome…she has one brother, Brandon, and one sister, Taryn…was also recruited by Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Michigan…lists hanging out with friends, singing and dancing as her hobbies…names the Los Angeles of the NBA as her favorite professional team…a psychology major with plans on becoming a clinical psychologist.