Women's Volleyball

    Kelli Tennant
    Kelli  Tennant


    Temecula, Calif.

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    Middle Blocker/Opposite Hitter


    Kelli Tennant played two seasons at USC (2005-06)...while she did not play during the 2007 season, she served as an on-camera interviewer for TrojanTV All-Access and provided color analysis for USC men's volleyball matches during live video webcasts...she has worked for FOX in its sports and entertainment divisions and in the summer of 2008, she began working for the AVP.

    Tennant was sidelined for the entire season after being diagnosed with having fibromyalgia (a rare, non-life threatening human disorder)...she retired from collegiate volleyball at the conclusion of the season...despite the injury, she served as one of the team's co-captains.

    As a 2006 sophomore, Tennant made 17 starts in 24 matches...on the season, she had 78 kills for a 1.22 kpg average with 67 blocks (1.05 bpg), 52 digs (0.81 dpg) and 26 assists (0.41 apg)...finished the season with 132.0 points for a 2.06 ppg average...recorded a career-high five service aces on Aug. 25 against North Texas...tied a personal best with six block assists on Sept. 2 against Fresno State...had four service aces in a 3-1 win over No. 7 Cal on Oct. 13...had eight kills against No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 20...registered a season-high 10 kills in back-to-back matches in the season finale against Oregon State and first-round match against Ole Miss in the NCAA Tournament...against Oregon State, she hit .444 (10-2-18) with six block assists and against Ole Miss, she hit .389 (10-3-18) to go along with three digs and seven blocks (two solo, five assists).

    In her 2005 freshman season, Tennant had a productive year and earned Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman Team honors...started in 25 of 28 matches and finished fourth on the team with 188 kills for a 1.84 kpg average...her .239 hitting percentage was the third-highest among the USC regulars...registered 84 total blocks (13 solo) for a 0.82 bpg average...finished the year with 257.5 points for a 2.52 ppg average...her 13 kills on Sept. 10 against Florida at the UTSA Dome Rally in San Antonio, Texas, was a season-high...had double figures in kills five times...hit a season-high .778 (7-0-9) against Western Michigan on Sept. 2 at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic in Honolulu...hit .529 (9-0-17) on Dec. 2 against UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the NCAA Touranment.

    High School

    Tennant is a 2005 graduate of Chaparral High in Temecula, Calif...participated in tryouts for the 2005 U.S. Junior National Team...played with the 2004 JNT as well as the 2002 and 2003 Youth National Team...earned 2004 Volleyball Magazine All-America first team honors...listed as a Fab 50 recruit by Volleyball Magazine...named 2004 Riverside Press Enterprise Player of the Year and listed on the Los Angeles Times All-Star Girls' Volleyball Team...as a senior, she was named Southwestern League most valuable player, earning all-valley, all-area and All-CIF first team honors...earned 2004 all-state first team honors...led Chaparral to the 2004 CIF Division I-A and Southern California regional finals...named to the all-tournament team at the 2004 Durango Classic and Torrey Pines California Challenge...named 2003 CIF Division I Player of the Year...also earned all-league, all-valley and all-area Player of the Year honors in her 2003 junior season...played club volleyball for TCA, which won the 2005 Junior Olympics Qualifier championship in Austin, Texas...played for Saddleback, winning the 2004 U-17 and 2004 U-16 Volleyball Festival championship...played for Temecula Valley, which won the 2001 U-14 Volleyball Festival championship...earned named Chaparral's Female Athlete of the Year...California Scholastic Federation member for three years and was a member of her school's ASB executive council for three years.


    Kelli Michelle Tennant was born on Dec. 10, 1987...daughter of Steve and Viviana...has one brother, Steven...lists former USC player Jennifer Pahl as her biggest sports hero...favorite television shows are Gilmore Girls, Friends and Full House...favorite movies are Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and Pretty Woman...majoring in public relations with hopes of working as a news or sports anchor.

    Career Statistics

    2005 28-102 188 1.84 485 .239 26 0.25 21 0.21 86 0.84 13 71 84 0.82 257.5 2.52
    2006 24-64 78 1.22 176 .250 26 0.41 16 0.25 52 0.81 9 58 67 1.05 132.0 2.06
    Totals 52-166 266 1.60 661 .242 52 0.31 37 0.22 138 0.83 22 129 151 0.91 389.5 2.34