4  Ellie Talbot
Ellie Talbot

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Evanston, IL

High School:
Loyola Academy

Height:
5-10

Position:
OH


Notes: Is the lone senior on the 2005 Western Carolina Catamount volleyball team ... Enters her senior season ranked 14th on the Western Carolina all-time career digs list with 832, 214 digs shy of cracking the top 10 ... Ranks 22nd on the career service aces chart with 52 ... Her third service ace in 2005 will move her into 20th place on that same list ... Is also one of three players that hail from the state of Illinois.

2004: Played in 104 of the 110 possible games during the 2004 season, tied with teammate Meghan Boyle for the most of any returning player ... Saw action in all 28 matches for Western, serving primarily as the libero ... Led the team with her career single-season best 397 digs (3.82 digs per game), which ranked as the 13th best single-season ever by a Catamount ... Was the team leader in digs in 18 of the 28 matches ... Just missed tying her career-high in digs with 25 in the season finale versus Appalachian State (11/14/04) ... Tied her career-high in service aces with four in the five-game win over Davidson (10/24/04) ... Reached double-digit digs in 20 of the 28 matches ... Surpassed the 20-dig plateau six times, including a three-match run with 22, 21, and 22 digs in late October (vs. UNCA, 10/19/04; at GSU, 10/22/04; & at DAV, 10/24/04).

2003: Played in 102 games ... Posted a match-high 14 digs in the Cats' win over Tennessee State (9/6/03) ... Started the Samford match (9/12/03) as WCU's defensive specialist, then switched jerseys and played all around to finish the match with a season-high 10 kills on 23 attacks and 11 digs ... Tied a career high with four service aces versus South Alabama (9/13/03) at the Samford Invitational ... Had back-to-back matches with a season-high 21 digs versus East Tennessee State (11/4/03) and Elon (11/7/03), both of which went to a full five games ... Picked up a match-leading 15 digs in a shutout of UNC Greensboro (11/8/03) and recorded 15 digs once again in the SoCon tournament versus Georgia Southern (11/21/03) ... Helped the Cats to a final national ranking of 26 in digs per game (17.85/gm).

2002: Played in 56 games for the Catamounts ... Finished the season ranked 18th in the SoCon in digs with 2.93 per game (164 total) ... Posted career highs in kills and digs in the conference tournament match against Furman (11/22/02) with 15 and 26, respectively ... Went 15-4-45 in that match for a .244 hitting percentage, adding three assists and two service aces ... Hit a career-high .583 in Western's win over Savannah State (9/14/02), going 8-1-12 on the night, tacking on four aces and seven digs ... Recorded a career-high five blocks in a win over The Citadel (10/13/02), adding five kills, three aces and nine digs ... Helped anchor a defense that finished the season sixth in the NCAA in digs per game at 19.61 per contest.

High School: Was named the team MVP her senior year at Loyola Academy ... Led her team to four-straight winning seasons ... Was named to the All-Conference and All-Area Teams ... Played for two club volleyball teams ... Led the Skyhigh Club team to Nationals her senior year ... Also lettered in basketball and soccer.

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