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Valerie Rydberg
Valerie  Rydberg

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Lemont, Ill.

High School:
Lemont

Height:
5-10

Position:
Outside Hitter

Birthdate:
02/22/1983

2003 (Redshirt Sophomore)
Earned the team's Most Valuable Player award, in addition to the Dedication Award for her work ethic in the weight room ... named to the AVCA first-team All-Region and honorable mention All-America ... earned a spot on the first-team All-ACC ... led the Deacs in most offensive categories, including kills (429) and service aces (71) ... recorded a team-best 372 digs ... was the only player in the league to rank in the top-five in both kills per game and digs per game ... named ACC Player of the Week twice during the season ... notched double-digit kills in 24 games, including over 20 in six ... had an outstanding match Nov. 14 against North Carolina, hitting .373 with 26 kills and 21 digs ... led all players with 21 kills and recorded 12 digs and three block assists at Clemson, Nov. 4 ... had 20 kills and a career-high 26 digs at Duke on Sept. 30 ... named to the Georgetown Classic, State Farm Illini Classic and Deacon Invitational All-Tournament teams ... honored as the Deacon Invitational MVP after recording 41 kills and 35 digs in the teams three matches.

2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Led the team in kills (346), kills-per-game (2.96), digs (343), digs-per-game (2.93), service aces (48) and aces-per-game (0.41) ... ranked fourth in the ACC with .41 service aces-per-game ... ranks fifth on the school's career records with 2.93 digs-per-game average ... missed the East Tennessee match with a sprained ankle, but started every other match ... led the team with 346 kills, 48 service aces and 343 digs ... fourth in the ACC with .41 service aces per game ... named team's defensive MVP ... led team with 12 kills and 10 digs to go with a block and one ace in shutout win over Alabama Nov. 30 ... led team with 13 digs in ACC Quarterfinal against #20 Georgia Tech Nov. 22 and added 11 kills ... blasted a career high 29 kills with 18 digs and two aces and three blocks at Clemson Nov. 16, hitting .339 over five games ... led the team with 11 digs and had seven kills at #23 Georgia Tech Nov. 15 ... put away 12 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and one ace against #12 North Carolina Nov. 9 ... tallied seven kills, three aces and five digs in 3-0 win over NC State Nov. 8 ... led the team with 11 kills in 3-0 win at Virginia Nov. 2 with only four attack errors for a .304 percentage plus 10 digs ... led the team with 13 kills against Duke Oct. 25 and had eight digs plus one ace ... led the team with nine digs against Florida State Oct. 20, despite playing only half the match ... led team with 14 digs to go with nine kills against #20 Georgia Tech Oct. 19 ... led the way with 15 kills, four aces and 13 digs in 3-0 win over Clemson Oct. 15 ... led the team with 11 digs at NC State Oct. 12 to go with 13 kills ... led the squad with 13 kills at #11 North Carolina Oct. 11 in addition to nine digs ... had 10 digs against Liberty Oct. 8 ... led the club with 17 kills and 13 digs against Maryland Oct. 5 ... came up with 19 digs to go with nine kills against Virginia Oct. 4 ... had nine kills, 10 digs and two blocks in four games at Florida State Sept. 27 ... tallied 10 kills and 14 digs to go with three blocks in 3-0 win at Duke Sept. 24 ... posted 24 kills, four blocks and a team-leading 30 digs over 10 games at Black & Gold Challenge ... led club with nine kills and 12 digs against Winthrop Sept. 21 ... had 40 kills, 39 digs and seven blocks in 13 games at Kentucky Challenge earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... led the team with 17 kills, 15 digs and five blocks in win over Western Michigan Sept. 14 ... tallied 35 kills, 31 digs, six blocks and two aces over 13 games at BYU Invitational ... named to the Deacon Invitational All-Tournament Team after acing 20 serves to go with 37 kills and 29 digs ... led team with 16 kills and nine aces against Virginia Tech Aug. 31.

2001 (Freshman)
Redshirted her freshman year after tearing her meniscus in practice.

High School
Received All-Conference award 1998-2000 ... named Best Defensive Player 1998 and 1999 ... received Attitude Award for Outstanding Dedication, Discipline and Perseverance in 1999 ... Best Hitter and MVP of Lemont High School in 2000 ... AAU team placed first in 2000 ... senior year was captain ... played for Sports Performance Volleyball Club for four years ... Graduated with high honors.

Personal
The daughter of Don and Pat Rydberg of Lemont, Ill. ... born on February 22, 1983 ... has an older brother, Joe (25) and sister, Laura (27), who are both engineers ... enjoys archery, tennis, figure skating and playing the violin ... is considering veterinary school after college.

CAREER MATCH HIGHS
Kills- 29 at Georgia Tech 11/15/02
Pct. (min. 10 att.)- .600 vs. NC A&T 10/6/03
Assists- 8 vs. Florida State 10/4/03
Service Aces- 9 vs. Virginia Tech, 8/31/02
Digs- 26 at Duke 9/29/03
Block Assists- 4 vs. Western Michigan, 9/14/02

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