Olaya Pazo

Olaya  Pazo


Caracas, Venezuela

High School:
Colegio San Aguston

Last College:





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As a junior at Rice (2004) - All-WAC First Team; Academic all-WAC... Started 29 of 30 matches, playing in 98 games on the right side... Recorded a season high of 18 kills at Nevada in the WAC tournament semifinals... Was third for Rice in kills per game (2.61), digs per game (3.06) and blocks per game (0.81)... Had seven double doubles on the year... Recorded double-digit digs 15 times, including a season best of 22 at LSU... Began Rice career hitting .667 (11-1-15) against Texas Southern in the opener... Earned WAC player of the week honors by leading Rice to a pair of wins to close out the regular season... Received all-tournament honors at the LSU Hurricane Frances Invitational.

At Rice (2003) - Redshirted the season per NCAA transfer rules after transferring from Texas-Arlington.

As a sophomore at UTA (2002) - Played in all 33 matches, making a start in 32... Saw action in 113 of 114 games... Led the Mavs in kills with 376... Was third on the team in hitting percentage at .308... Served up 33 aces... Hit the court for 321 digs, third on the team... Recorded a 0.80 blocks per game average behind 90 total blocks... First team all-Southland Conference... Southland Conference co-Player of the Year.

As a freshman at UTA (2001) - Named honorable mention all-Southland Conference... Led the squad in services aces with 53, averaging 0.43 per game... Second on the team in assists... Was third on the squad in hitting percentage (.254), total kills (356), total attempts (847), digs (325), digs per game (2.62), total blocks (80) and blocks per game (0.65)... Posted 18 double-figure kill matches... Had seven matches with at least three service aces... Was named to all-tournament teams at the UTA Invitational and Wyoming Cowgirl Classic... Was one of two Mavs to play in all 121 games... Named the team's offensive player of the year.

At Colegio San Agustin - A 2001 graduate... Played on the volleyball, basketball and soccer teams... Member of the Venezuelan National Team from 1997-99... Named the team's most valuable player in 1998... Named the team's best defensive player in 1999.

Personal - Full name: Olaya Pazo... Born: June 7, 1983 at Caracas, Venezuela... Parents: Francisco and Emma Pazo of Galicia, Spain (two brothers, one sister)... Twin sister, Rebeca, is also on the Rice volleyball team... Father was a professional soccer player in Spain... Rice Major: kinesiology... College: Hanszen.

Career Highs - Kills: 23 vs. Stephen F. Austin 09/29/01... Attempts: 41 vs. Stephen F. Austin 09/29/01... Hitting percentage: .722 vs. Northwestern State, 11/12/02... Assists: 9 at Baylor, 09/04/01... Digs: 22, twice, last at Louisiana State, 09/03/04... Total blocks: 6, twice, last at Texas-El Paso, 10/02/04.



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