Candelas will represent her home country of Mexico in women's beach volleyball at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Bibiana Candelas finished her USC career with her third straight All-America selection, earning AVCA second team honors...earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third time in her career...she finished her career with the second-best hitting percentage (.365) in school history, second in total points (1,512.0) and second in points per game (4.19)...she set school season records for attacks (1,253), total points (575.0) and points per game (5.64)...her 5.64 ppg average is .74 ahead of second place Keao Burdine (2004)...led the team in kills (501), kills per game (4.91) and hitting percentage (.315)...her 4.91 kpg average was second-best in the Pac-10 Conference and finished tied for second for points per game...at 6-foot-5, she is one of the four tallest players to ever play for USC - the group includes 6-5 All-American Cica Baccelli (1991-92), 6-5 Amber Oliver (1996-99) and 6-6 former All-American teammate Emily Adams...tallied 19 kills on Sept. 2 against Western Michigan and earned All-Tournament honors at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic with 45 kills in three matches...on Sept. 11 in a four-game win over No. 13 Texas A&M, she tied a previous career high with 20 kills...added a new career high with 23 kills on Sept. 16 in a 3-0 sweep against Pepperdine...on Sept. 30, she set career-highs with 26 kills and 31.5 points in a 3-1 victory at UCLA and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career (later surpassing those marks on Nov. 19)...had another 26-kill performance on Nov. 4 at Oregon State in USC's 3-1 win...set new career-highs for kills (35) and points (39.0) on Nov. 19 in a 3-1 win at Arizona State...surpassed her career kill record with 36 on Nov. 26 against Stanford and tied her career-high with 39 points...during the summer, she earned most valuable player honors for her Bameso club team at the 2005 U.S. Open Nationals (Women's Open Division) and at the NORCECA qualifying tournament...also played in the summer with the Mexican National Team, which qualified for the 2006 World Championships.
Candelas completed her 2004 junior season with another tremendous effort, earning AVCA All-America third team honors...led the Pac-10 Conference with a .396 attack percentage, finishing ninth in the nation...finished tenth in conference with a 1.00 blocks per game average...started in every match...averaged 3.06 kills per game and 0.69 digs per game...named to the All-Pac-10 first team and AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention...in guiding USC to a second-straight win at the NACWAA Classic, she was named the tournament MVP after averaging 3.1 kills, 0.8 blocks and a .423 attack effort...also named to the Marriott Beach Classic all-tournament team following a .611 performance against Georgia on Sept. 4...twice tied her career-high in blocks with eight against Illinois (Sept. 12) and Washington State (Nov. 27)...set a new career-high with six assists against Stanford (Oct. 8) and Arizona (Oct. 29)...collected a season-high 18 kills at Washington on Nov. 26...named Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention...led the Women of Troy in the first two rounds of NCAA Tournament play with 16 kills and a .438 attack percentage against College of Charleston (Dec. 2) and seven kills, no errors for a .538 mark against Kansas State (Dec. 3)...named to the NCAA Louisville Regional all-tournament team by contributing 16 kills (.438), six digs and six blocks against San Diego (Dec. 10) and a career-high eight digs and two blocks against Nebraska (Dec. 11).
Candelas adopted a full-time starting role in 2003 and, as one of the two best middles in the country, led USC to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP...named to the AVCA All-America first team and College Sports Television All-America first team...started all 35 matches and averaged a .434 attack percentage (ranks second among USC single season records), 3.05 kills, 0.48 assists, 0.21 service aces, 0.66 digs, 1.24 blocks and 3.97 points per game...her 118 blocks assists rank seventh among USC season records...she and teammate Emily Adams led the team and ranked among the nation's top five in attack percentage and blocks for much of the year...led the Pac-10 in attack percentage and ranked third in blocks...named to the All-Pac-10 first team and the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...also honored to the AVCA All-Pacific Region first team...had no more than two errors in 23-of-35 matches, including seven error-free performances...collected a career-high four aces against Florida (Aug. 22) and against Centenary (Sept. 12)...accounted for a career-high 20 kills against Stanford (Nov. 14) and a season-best seven blocks against Pepperdine (Sept. 3)...hit above .400 in 21 matches, including a career-best .917 attack percentage against Arizona (Oct. 11) with 11 kills off of 12 attacks and no errors...against New Hampshire (Dec. 5) she accounted for a career-high seven digs...named to the NCAA Central Regional all-tournament team after averaging 3.14 kills and 1.43 blocks against Texas A&M (Dec. 12) and UCLA (Dec. 13)..also named to the NCAA Championship all-tournament team...contributed 12 kills, four blocks and a .346 attack percentage against Minnesota (Dec. 18), then followed with 14 kills, four blocks and a .500 attack percentage against Florida (Dec. 20)...returned to the Mexican National Team and competed at the Pan-American Games during the summer of 2003.
After missing the first half of the season, Candelas became a surprising force for the Women of Troy en route to the 2002 NCAA Championship ...missed the first two weeks of the season while competing with the Mexican National Team at the World Championships, then was not cleared to compete by the NCAA until Oct. 24...made her collegiate debut at Washington on Oct. 25...played a total of 40 games in 15 matches off the bench at middle blocker...averaged a .352 attack percentage, 2.0 kills, 0.5 digs, 0.4 blocks and 2.28 points per game...tallied a season-best nine kills in three different matches (Nov. 8 at Oregon, Dec. 6 vs. San Diego and Dec. 19 vs. Florida)...had a season-best performance against San Diego, posting nine kills off of 17 attacks with no errors (.529), in addition to four blocks for 11.0 points...contributed 17 kills, five digs and two blocks at the NCAA Final Four.
Candelas is a 2002 graduate of Colegio Ponceño in Puerto Rico, but attended Preparatoria Luzac in Torreón, Mexico as a freshman and sophomore...an eight-year (1997-2004) member of Mexico's Women's Volleyball National Team...was honored as the `Best Blocker' at the 2002 Senior Pan America Cup held in Tijuana, Mexico, as she helped lead Mexico to a fourth-place tourney finish...in 2000 she was honored as the MVP of the NORCECA Tournament held in Havana, Cuba...named `Best Blocker' at the 1999 NORCECA in Mexico...locally she competed with the state of Coahuila and led the team to four consecutive (1998-2001) national championships...in 2001 she earned MVP honors at Mexico's national tournament...also earned academic honors in her final year (2002).
Bibiana Candelas Ramírez was born on Dec. 2, 1983, in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico...daughter of Juan Antonio and Martha Ramírez, she has two brothers, Jorge (32) and Luis (25), and one sister, Martha (28)...Martha played collegiate basketball in Mexico at Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) and graduated in May, 2002...lists Mexican volleyball player Ivan Contreras as her biggest sports hero... attended the same high school as USC teammate Debora Seilhamer in 2002...majoring in communications.
Bibiana Candelas' Career Stats Year M G K KPG E TA Pct. A SA Digs DPG BS-BA-TB BPG 2002 15 40 80 2.00 18 176 .352 1 2 20 0.50 1-16-17 0.43 2003 35 111 339 3.05 65 632 .434 53 23 73 0.66 20-118-138 1.24 2004 29 108 330 3.06 62 676 .396 51 11 75 0.69 20-88-108 1.00 2005 28 102 501 4.91 106 1,253 .315 21 12 119 1.17 31-62-93 0.91 Career 107 361 1,250 3.46 251 2,737 .365 126 48 287 0.80 72-284-356 0.99