THIS SEASON: Antoinette Polk enters her senior season with the Women of Troy at outside hitter, her fifth at USC... Brings a tremendous amount of experience to the team... A premier ball control player whose offensive power makes her an All-American candidate... One of last season's captains.
IN 1999: Aa junior starting outside hitter, Polk played in 106 games and all 30 matches last season... She led the team in kills (405) and kills per game (3.82), finishing sixth in the conference... She finished second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 with 338 digs and 3.19 digs per game... She currently ranks ninth among USC's career leaders with 851 digs... Following the season she was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team... Twice she was honored as the USC Athlete of the Week (Sept. 7 and Sept. 13)... Against Nevada (Sept. 9), she recorded a season-best 22 digs... At the UNLV Invitational, she posted a career-high six blocks and season-high .500 (14-2-24) attack percentage against Tennessee (Sept. 11) ... Earned all-tournament honors at the Wahine Volleyball Challenge after notching 57 kills (4.75 kpg) and 3.9 digs per game in three matches... Set a career record with 30 kills and 69 attacks against Washington State (Sept. 31)... Recorded 13 double-doubles on the season, including an 18 kill and 13 dig effort against Minnesota (Dec. 4) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
IN 1998: As a sophomore, Polk played in 28 matches (91 games) for the Women of Troy... She had a career-high 24 kills with 13 digs against Washington State (Oct. 16)... She collected 21 kills and 11 digs against Pacific (Nov. 28) and had 21 kills with nine digs against California (Sept. 20)... On the season, she posted eight double-doubles... Her 253 kills (2.78 kills per game) throughout the season was third on the team, and her 272 digs (2.99 digs per game) finished second... She earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors for her performance.
IN 1997: Starting as a redshirt freshman, Polk was named 1997 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (USC's second such honor - the first was Jasmina Marinkovic in 1995)... She finished the season third on the team in kills (244) and digs (241)... She had 17 kills in USC's NCAA Tournament win over San Diego (Dec. 6) and posted a career-high 23 digs in the NCAA Regionals against Nebraska (Dec. 12)... She had five double-doubles on the season... Accounted for 11 kills and 14 digs against Michigan State in the finals of the GOFF/MSU Classic (Aug. 30)... At Washington State (Sept. 26), she had 13 kills and 18 digs... Against Pepperdine (Oct. 15), she had 12 kills and 12 digs... She had 14 kills versus Washington State (Oct. 23)... She had 12 kills and hit .321 against Colorado (Sept. 7), had 10 kills and eight digs against Cal State Northridge (Sept. 9), nine kills and 10 digs at Oregon (Oct. 9) and 10 kills and nine digs versus UCLA (Nov. 14).
IN 1996: Polk redshirted as a freshman after suffering a hand injury in the preseason... A two-sport athlete for a year, she played with the USC women's basketball team as a guard after the conclusion of the volleyball season... With basketball, she played in nine games and averaged 2.1 points in limited action.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Polk is a 1996 graduate of El Camino High in Sacramento, Calif... A three-sport athlete... In 1995-96, she earned basketball all-state honors and was named the Sacramento Player of the Year... As a junior and senior, she also earned all-city and All-Capital Athletic League accolades in both basketball and volleyball... Competed in the California Division I track and field finals in the 400m as a junior... Playing shooting guard and small forward, she averaged 12.5 points per game on a talented basketball team in her final season... She helped lead El Camino to the California Division II finals as a junior and senior... Among her many all-tournament honors, she was also named the Del Oro Tournament MVP as a junior, and the Trojan Toss-Up as a senior... She spent her freshman and sophomore years at St. Francis High in Sacramento, Calif., where she played basketball and volleyball... Earned All-Metro Conference honors in basketball as a sophomore... Polk also played club volleyball with High Voltage under head coach Rueben Volta.
PERSONAL: Antoinette Valencia Polk was born on June 26, 1978, in Bellville, Ill... The daughter of Jimmy and Evelyn Polk, she has a twin sister, Elisha, who played volleyball at Baylor (1996-1999), and a brother, J.J., who played basketball at Rice (1994-98)... She is majoring in communications and hopes to pursue a career in the field of advertising... She would also like to continue playing volleyball after graduation.