She started in 31 of 34 matches as a freshman for the Women of Troy and was second on the team in kills and points...recorded 398 kills (3.34 kps) for a .239 hitting percentage with 10 assists (0.08 aps), 24 aces (0.20 saps), 195 digs (1.64 dps), 61 blocks (0.51 bps) and 468.0 points (3.93 pps)...earned AVCA/Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors...also named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team...became the fifth player in USC history to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors...recorded 20 kills in a match seven times during the season (six of them during Pac-10 Conference play)...earned NCAA Dayton Regional most valuable player honors after recording 33 kills and 20 digs with her big match coming in the regional final against No. 3 seed Stanford with season highs in kills (25) and digs (14)...opened her first NCAA postseason with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks (two solo) against New Mexico on Dec. 3, followed by a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs against No. 18 San Diego on Dec. 4...tied her previous season high with 23 kills in her final regular season match at No. 9 UCLA with nine digs and four blocks...in the third set against UCLA, she registered seven kills and two solo blocks...had a team-high 22 kills in a five-set win on Nov. 20 at No. 23 Oregon, hitting .392 (22-2-51) with seven digs and two blocks...on Nov. 13, she registered a season-high 23 kills in a four-set win over Arizona State while hitting .442 (23-4-43) with two aces, five digs and three blocks...in the match, she was a perfect 7-for-7 in the first set alone...had 20 kills with a then-season-high 13 kills on Nov. 5 in a four-set win at No. 2 California, hitting .359 and adding two solo blocks...on a televised match against No. 7 Washington on Oct. 30, she registered 21 kills and hit .311 (21-7-45) with two aces, eight digs and two blocks including a key four kills in the fifth set of the victory...posted 20 kills and 21.0 points in a four-set loss on Oct. 15 at Arizona State, following up with a double-double in a five-set win on Oct. 16 at No. 25 Arizona (13 kills, 11 digs)...had 15 kills, eight digs and two solo blocks in a five-set win against No. 7 California on Oct. 9 at the Galen Center...on Oct. 1 at No. 10 Washington, she had 16 kills, nine digs and two solo blocks in a five-set loss...had 17 kills, hitting .371 (17-4-35) on Sept. 24 in a four-set win against No. 11 UCLA...posted her first collegiate double-double on Sept. 18 against Sacramento State with 10 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 sweep, hitting .381 (10-2-21) with two aces and one block...hit .800 (8-0-10) on Sept. 17 at Fresno State and for the weekend at the Fresno State Invitational (Sept. 17-18), she led the Trojans with 32 kills and 17 digs....had 14 kills , four digs and three blocks on Aug. 28 against Cal State Fullerton...had five kills, one ace and two digs in her collegiate debut on Aug. 27 against Loyola Marymount.
She was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach, Calif., under coaches DaeLea Aldrich and Lisa Arce...ranked as the No. 1 high school senior in the nation by Prep Volleyball and has been regarded by some as one of the best players ever at the high school level...was a finalist for the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year honor and a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection...in her senior season, she led Mira Costa to the CIF-Southern Section I-AA semifinals and recorded 19 kills, 15 digs and three blocks in a five-set loss to Los Alamitos...earned 2009 All-CIF Southern Section first team honors and was named Daily Breeze Player of the Year after recording 664 kills and 311 digs on the season with 63 blocks and 34 aces...posted a .422 hitting percentage in her senior season...earlier in the season, she recorded 35 kills, 11 digs and four aces at the Torrey Pines California Challenge against Dos Pueblos and later posted 30 kills, 17 digs and four aces against Redondo Union in a five-set win (including seven kills and an ace in the deciding fifth set)...named 2007 National Sophomore of the Year by Prep Volleyball after teaming with current USC setter Kendall Bateman to lead Mira Costa to the CIF-Southern Section I-AA title with 17 kills in the final over Redondo Union...recorded 15 kills in the 2007 state final in Mira Costa's win over Archbishop Mitty and was named state finals most valuable player...on top of her sophomore accolades, she was named Division I Co-Player of the Year (along with Bateman) and earned Daily Breeze all-area first team honors...at the age of 13, she led her Roxy Beach club team to the 14-1 national championship and was named 14 Open most valuable player.
Falyn Talei Fonoimoana was born on March 13, 1992...mother is Debbie...mother played beach volleyball and trained with her sister, Lelei, who swam in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, placing seventh in the 100m Butterfly at 17 years old...her uncle, Eric, won a gold medal in 2000 in Sydney for beach volleyball and was a longtime standout on the AVP Tour...lists Venus and Serana Williams as her biggest sports heroes...favorite movies are Love and Basketball, The Notebook, Wanted, The Wood, Enough, all Madea and Friday movies, Miss Congeniality, Pretty Woman, Miracle and Darkness Falls...favorite television shows are Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Hills, Family Guy, CSI, Criminal Minds, Law and Order, Numbers, 30 Minute Meals and House...enjoys listening to Lil' Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Beyonce, Drake, Waka Flaka, Aaliyah, Melanie Fiona and Alicia Keys...majoring in communications with plans on going into broadcasting.
|Kills||25 vs. Stanford (12/11/10)|
|Attacks||59 vs. Stanford (12/11/10); at UCLA (11/126/10)|
|Assists||1 10 times (last: vs. Stanford, 12/11/10)|
|Aces||2 seven times (last: vs. California, 12/16/10)|
|Digs||14 vs. Stanford (12/11/10)|
|Solo Blocks||3 vs. Arizona (11/12/10)|
|Block Assists||4 vs. San Diego (12/4/10)|
|Total Blocks||4 five times (last: vs. Stanford, 12/11/10)|
|Points||27.5 vs. Stanford (12/11/10)|