21 - Alexandra Palmer
Alexandra Palmer
Height: 5-7
Year: Junior
Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif.
High School: Laguna Beach
Position: S
Major: Classics

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AS A JUNIOR IN 2011: Played in 71 sets and was second on the team with 429 assists to go along with 131 digs … received Honorable Mention honors on the WCC All-Academic Team … recorded a double-double the first match of the season against Washington State (Aug. 26) with 43 assists and 10 digs … assisted on 19 kills and added nine digs vs. Eastern Washington (Aug. 27) … earned 19 assists with 15 digs against Cal Poly (Sept. 2) … registered 24 assists vs. Utah Valley (Sept. 3) and collected 22 assists against UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 9) … had 43 assists vs. North Dakota (Sept. 10) good for fourth best on the season … her third double-double of the season, 26 assists and 12 digs, helped the team hit .287 against UTSA (Sept. 17) … nearly had her fourth double-double with 27 assists and nine digs vs. SMU (Sept. 17) … recorded back to back games of 22 assists and seven digs against Portland (Sept. 29) and Gonzaga (Oct. 1) … finished the season with 32 assists and eight digs vs. Saint Mary’s (Oct. 15).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2010: Played in 68 sets, averaging 2.84 apg … had 165 assists and 59 digs on the season … dished out 20 assists vs. CSU Bakersfield (Sept. 11) … registered 10 assists at Portland (Oct. 7) … racked up two kills and nine assists at Gonzaga (Oct. 9) … 19 assists vs. San Francisco (Oct. 22) … had 17 assists, eight digs and one kill vs. LMU (Oct. 30) …18 assists, three aces vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 4) … contributed 26 assists and three digs vs. Portland (Nov. 6) … had 12 assists vs. San Diego (Nov. 11) … dished out 17 assists vs. St. Mary’s (Nov. 14).

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Suffered a wrist injury at Hawaii (Aug. 30) and was unable to play at full strength for most of season ... served two aces against Western Michigan (Aug. 30) and Sacramento State (Sept. 5) ... earned one kill against UCSB (Sept. 16) ... hit .333 with one kill against Seattle University (Sept. 19).

AT LAGUNA BEACH: A 2009 graduate of Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach, Calif. ... coached by Lance Stewart ... 2008 Prep Volleyball All- American and Academic All-American ... ... was tabbed for Senior Ace team on PrepVolleyball.com website and as one of Volleyball magazine's Fab 50 ... 2008 first team all-county ... 2008 CIF first team ... team won the CIF Division II championships in 2006-07 ... runner ups in CIF state championship in 2006 ... 2008 USA Volleyball Junior A2 National Training Team ... ... played club volleyball with Laguna Beach VBC for coach Michael Soylular ... club team won the bronze medal at the JO 18 Open when she was named to the al-tournament ... club team won 16 Open JOs in 2006 when she was named the MVP.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Sylvain and Rosemary Palmer ... has a younger brother, Andrew and a younger sister, Allison ... enjoys reading and hanging out with friends ... majoring in Classics.

Why Santa Clara? From the moment I saw the campus, I knew that Santa Clara would be a great place to spend the next four years of my life. I had heard from many family friends about the opportunities that Santa Clara offered. The University's prestigious academics and exceptional volleyball program seemed like a perfect fit. The size of the school also played a big role because coming from a small town and school, I like to be close with those around me and feel like a part of the community.