Sam Willoughby
Sam  Willoughby


Jamul, Calif.

High School:
Steele Canyon HS


Middle Hitter/Right Side Hitter



Nevada finishes best season since 2010

Foley leads team against SDSU with 11 kills


Pack falls to Wyoming on the road

Splits the season series with home upset earlier this season


38 Wolf Pack student-athletes earn Academic All-Mountain West accolades

Honorees must have 3.0 GPA and compete in roughly 50 percent of team's contests


38 Wolf Pack student-athletes earn Academic All-Mountain West accolades

Honorees must have 3.0 GPA and compete in roughly 50 percent of team's contests


MW All-Star Volleyball team to compete in European Global Challenge

Sam Willoughby to represnt Nevada


Nevada vs. UNLV

Nevada vs. UNLV

The Pack's top returning offensive performer and one of top hitters in the Mountain West ... Led the MW in service aces in 2014 ... Will see time in the middle and on the right side after the departure of Tessa Lea'ea ... A two-time Academic All-MW selection.

2014 (Jr.): Named Mountain West Player of the Week on Sept. 1 after totaling 40 kills on a .453 hitting percentage with 11 blocks and being named to the All-Tournament team at the Pepperdine Asics Classic ... Averaged 0.37 service aces per set to lead the team and the Mountain West ... Led the team and ranked 14th in the conference with a .283 hitting percentage ... Her .317 attacking percentage in conference play was the 10th best in the MW ... Ranked third on the team with 228 kills and second with 61 blocks ... Set a career-high with four aces against Oral Roberts (August 29) and matched it twice more against Fresno State (Nov. 1) and San Jose State (Nov. 25) ... Her 18 kills against Air Force (Oct. 25) set a career-high ... Matched her career-best with six blocks against Utah State on Oct. 11 ... Posted a season-high .583 hitting percentage (14-0-24) at San Diego State (Nov. 15).

2013 (So.): One of three players to start every match and play in every set in 2013 ... Was second on the team in kills (263), kills per set (2.41), hitting percentage (.228), blocks (65) and points (.313) ... Set a career high in service aces with 12 ... Posted 10 or more kills nine times ... Recorded team highs in hitting percentage in five matches ... Tallied a career best 15 kills against Colorado State (Oct. 3) ... Set season and career highs with a .700 hitting percentage (14-0-20) against Idaho (Sept. 20) ... Had 18.0 points in a 3-2 win over Montana (Sept. 14).

2012 (Fr.): Earned her first varsity letter, playing in 28 matches with 15 starts ... Had 93 kills, including eight in a match twice; vs. Portland State on Sept. 1 and vs. Air Force on Nov. 10 ... Had three solo blocks and 44 assisted stops, making her a valuable defensive member of the Pack each night ... Played in 90 sets ... Recorded 42 digs without comitting an error, showing her ability to pass as well.

High School
Lettered four seasons for coach Karolyn Kirby at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley, Calif. ... Earned All-Grossmont Hills League honors three times ... Named to CIF first-team twice and second team once ... Four times named to all-academic team ... Twice selected team MVP ... Holds school records for kills (896), attack percentage (.359) and blocks (271) ... Helped SCHS to the 2010 league championship ... Lettered in track & field twice ... Captured 2009 league high jump championship ... Team won 2009 and 2010 league track & field titles ... Played three years for Coast Volleyball Club and coaches Said Souikane and J.J. Van Niel ... Team qualified for open division at the Junior National Tournament in 2010 and 2011 ... Finished 17th in open division at Atlanta Junior Nationals ... MLK Champions in 2010.

Majoring in applied mathemathics ... Enjoys fishing, movies, golfing and spending time with friends ... Has pet pig Carnita and three-legged dog Tres ... Father played baseball at SJSU ... Chose Nevada over Idaho, Gonzaga and Houston ... Career highlight was winning first every league title at Steele Canyon High School ... Sports hero is Abby Wambach ... On honor roll every semester in high school ... Daughter of Paul and Leslie Willoughby.

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