Venski has blossomed into a quality starter and should be a strong contributor in her 2005 senior season...practiced over the summer with the U.S. National Training Team.
After two years of waiting patiently, Venski earned a full-time starting role as a 2004 junior... started in 28 of 29 matches...averaged 2.70 kills, 0.61 digs, 0.66 blocks and 3.06 points per game...began the year with a strong performance at the NACWAA Volleyball Classic and was named to the all-tournament team...had 18 kills in the two NACWAA Tournament matches against Georgia Tech (Aug. 27) and Minnesota (Aug. 28)...set a career-high with six digs versus American (Sept. 10) and nine blocks versus Illinois (Sept. 11) at the State Farm Illini Classic...collected a career-high 18 kills at California on Nov. 4, in addition to hitting at a .484 clip...played in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and notched 15 total kills against College of Charleston (Dec. 2) and Kansas State (Dec. 3)...named to the NCAA Louisville Regional all-tournament team after contributing nine kills (.318) and one blocks versus San Diego (Dec. 10) and an critical 17 kills (.204) and three blocks against Nebraska (Dec. 11).
After serving mainly as a reserve in her freshman season, Venski took a much more active role as a sophomore and helped lead the Women of Troy to the 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP...played 34 matches, mainly coming off the bench in the Trojans' 6-2 offense...averaged a .364 attack percentage, 1.32 kills, 0.29 digs, 0.45 blocks and 1.58 points per game...hit above .400 in 17 matches during the season, including two NCAA Tournament matches...hit .455 (6-1-11) against New Hampshire in the first round of the NCAAs (Dec. 5), and .400 (5-1-10) against UCLA in the NCAA Regional Final (Dec. 13)...in the first match of the season, hit a career-high .800 (4-0-5) against Florida on Aug. 22 at the NACWAA State Farm Volleyball Classic...duplicated the effort against California on Oct. 18...against Centenary on Sept. 12, collected a career-high seven kills, in addition to hitting .538 in the match...tallied a personal-best four blocks at Oregon State on Oct. 25...underwent right shoulder surgery in May of 2003 prior to the season...trained with the USA A2 Women's National Team in Lake Placid, N.Y., during the summer of 2003
While dealing with a shoulder injury and a deep roster, Venski served as a reserve in her first season as the Women of Troy captured the 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP...played in 15 matches and made two starts...averaged a .366 attack percentage, 1.48 kills, 0.30 digs, 0.61 blocks and 1.96 points per game...made her first collegiate start at BYU (Sept. 5) and posted a season-best seven kills and 8.0 total points...recorded a season-best two blocks in four different matches (at BYU, vs. Wake Forest on Sept. 6, at Oregon on Nov. 8 and vs. Arizona State on Nov. 22)...hit above .500 on four occasions, including a .667 effort (2-0-3) at Washington on Oct. 25.
Venski is a 2002 graduate of Calabasas (Calif.) High, but did not compete athletically in her two years there...attended Mojave (Calif.) High as a freshman and sophomore where she lettered both years in volleyball and as a freshman in basketball...named volleyball's High Desert League MVP in 1999 (soph.) and selected to the all-league first team in 1998 and 1999...helped lead her team to the conference championship in 1999...also a basketball standout, she earned first team All-CIF San Diego Section, first team all-league and High Desert MVP honors as a freshman...played club volleyball for Thunder Mizuno (1998-01) and Southern California Volleyball Club, Keapa (2001-02)...helped lead Thunder Mizuno to an eighth-place finish at the Davis Festival as a sophomore (highest in club history) and led SCVC to an eighth-place finish at the SoCal Qualifier and Crossroads Qualifier as a senior...selected to compete with the USA Youth National Team in 2000 and the Junior National Team in 2001...led 2000 squad to a second-place finish at NORCECA...also excelled in the classroom, Venski was a volleyball (1998 and 1999) and basketball (1998) league all-academic selection and named to the President's Honor Roll all four years as a prep at both Mojave and Calabasas...trained with the USA Women's Junior National Team during the summer of 2002.
Staci Dailey Venski was born on March 25, 1984, in Marquette, Mich...daughter of Michael and Patricia Venski, she has one brother, Scott (24)...has two cousins who play Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University...names Mia Hamm as her biggest sports hero...hopes to one day represent the United States in the Olympics...majoring in international relations.