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Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
City/State: Riverside, Calif.
High School: Poly
Experience: High School
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* Updated season / career stats are available via the link above, and to see Williams' pre-senior year match-by-match stats, click here.

 

The two-time All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention is the team's top middle blocker returnee in 2013, and the team's top active career leader in blocks (216, 0.63 p/s) and hitting (.311). As a junior, logged her best season marks for blocks (0.69 p/s) and hitting (.334) to key the team to NCAA and Pac-12 runner-up finishes. Her junior hitting mark (.334) was also fifth-best all-time for UO, and helped squad rank ninth nationally in hitting (school record .289) and first in kills (15.95 p/s). As a sophomore, posted Oregon's 10th-best hitting mark for a season (.307). As a frosh in 2010, ended season ranked second on squad in blocks (0.58 p/s), third in hitting (.286), and fourth in kills (2.04 p/s) and points (2.38 p/s) and tops among frosh in each category. Picked up the team's most improved award at the end of her freshman and sophomore seasons. As a prep, was a Prepvolleyball Top 79 Sophomore and Senior Ace pick with setter Lauren Plum.

 

JUNIOR SEASON (2012) - All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
A key part of one of the nation's most dynamic offenses, she led the team in hitting (.334), and ranked 84th nationally, seventh in the Pac-12, and fifth all-time for Oregon in a season. In other categories, she stood second on the squad in blocks (0.69 per set), and fourth in kills (2.49 per set) and points (2.90 p/s). She was honored with Omaha NCAA Regional All-Tournament honors after she led UO in hitting in both matches vs. #12 seed BYU (.435, 13 kills, 4 blocks) and #10 seed Nebraska (.500, 13 kills), and she was just shy of her career match highs in kills (15) and blocks (5). Altogether, she started all 35 matches, she eclipsed .300 24 times, .400 16 times and .500 seven times. Match-wise, she topped Oregon in hitting a team-best 16 times and 14 occasions in blocks. Her season high in hitting (.667, 14 kills) led the team and ranked ninth in the Pac-12. Her five blocks in the five-setter at then-No. 7 Stanford was her season best, and one shy of the team season best. She added four blocks in both sweeps of Oregon State and Northern Colorado and four-set wins vs. No. 1 Penn State, No. 16 BYU and at WSU. Her career hitting percentage (.311 (805K-292E-1,651A)) stood third-best all-time for UO, and her career points total ranked ninth ( 935.5).

2012 Season Highs
Hitting: .667 (14K-2E-18A) 3s vs. Oregon State (9/19/12)
Kills: 14 (14K-2E-18A) 3s vs. #26 Oregon State (9/19/12)
Points: 17.5 (14K-3BS-1BA), (3s) vs. #26 Oregon State (9/19/12)
Blocks: 5 (0BS-5BA) (5s) at #7 Stanford (10/5/12)

 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011) - All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
One of three Ducks that started all 31 matches, and one of four that played all 114 sets (and the only blocker in either category). At end of slate, led the team in hitting (.307) and ranked third in blocks (0.59 p/s) and fourth in points (2.86 p/s). Posted 11 of her 16 .300 hitting marks in league play, including five over .500 (.700, 7 kills vs. Colorado; .556, match-high 13 kills at then-No. 3 Washington; .545, 8 kills vs. Arizona; .538, 8 kills vs. Oregon State; .529, 11 kills vs. then-No. 7 Washington). She also has four more +.400 hitting marks – four of which came against returning NCAA qualifiers (.429, 13 kills at then-No. 3 California; .462, 8 kills at Arizona; .414, career high 15 kills at then-No. 3 USC; and at Delaware .571, 10 kills). Among her  13 matches with +10 kills, others come at then-No. 5 Stanford (14), ASU (12), against then-No. 12 Minnesota (11K, .400), Washington State (10), Portland State (10, .292) and Arizona State (10, .286). Her season/career highs in blocks came vs. the No. 1 Bruins (5) and No. 3 Trojans (5), and also had four vs. No. 12 Minnesota, at Arizona, vs. No. 4 USC and at No. 5 Stanford. Led the team in blocks in a team-high 13 matches, hitting nine times, and points in three contests.

2011 Season Bests
Hitting - .571 (10K-2E-14A), 3s at Delaware (8/30/11)

Kills - 15K (15K-3EA-29A), 4s at #3 USC (10/14/11)
Points - 17.5 (15K-5BA), 4s at #3 USC (10/14/11)
Blocks - 5, 4s at #3 USC (10/14), 5s vs. #1 UCLA

 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2010)
Filled key void for the Ducks with the graduation of two-time All-America middle blocker Neticia Enesi. One of only two Ducks - and the only frosh - to play 108 of the team’s 109 sets, and one of three Ducks to start all 30 matches. Among her team-high 16 +.300 marks, nine were +.400, five were +.500, three were +.600, two were +.700 and one was +.800. Her season high in kills (15) came in narrow five-set loss to #6 USC in November after she hit .370 against the Final Four advancer. Among other notable league tilts, she logged.462 hitting marks vs. No. 3 Cal and No. 11 UCLA in late October – among her four +.400 marks in league play after she also hit .500 vs. Oregon State. The final weekend of non-conference play vs. NCAA returnee Florida International, she posted a team-season high hitting mark (.722) and her second-best kill total  (14), and the former mark ranked fourth-best in the Pac-10 on the season. Altogether, she led the team in hitting in a team-best nine matches; and claimed six, +10-kill efforts with the others at Fresno State (13, .500) and PSU (11, .348). At the net, posted multiple blocks in 17 matches, including a season high (5) vs. Siena and Portland State and led the team in the category a Duck-best 13 contests. Also led the team one match each in kills, points and aces.

2010 Season Bests
Hitting - .857 (6K- 0E- 7A) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (9/01/10)

Kills - 15 (15K- 5E-27A) 5s vs #6 USC (11/20/10)
Points - 16.0 (15- 0- 1.0) 5s vs #6 USC (11/20/10)
Blocks - 5 (0BS- 5BA) 5s at Portland State (9/7/10), 5 (0BS- 5BA) 3s vs Siena (9/12/10)

 

Prep: As a senior, was an All-CIF Division II Second-Team selection, and an all-league and all-area honoree as a senior, junior and sophomore. In 2008, she led the league in kills and was a 2008 Capo Valley and 2009 Murrieta Valley all-tournament choice. Her squad won Ivy and Big 8 League titles in 2007, ’08 and ’09, and took third in ’06. On the club scene, she played for the Mavericks (Corona, Calif.) from 2006-08, and for the Club West program (LaVerne, Calif.) in 2008-09. Those squads placed sixth in the 2007 SCVA, fifth in the Club Junior Olympic national tournament, second in the SCVA event, and 15th in the Junior Olympic open tourney. Off the court, played basketball, competed in badminton and in the high jump in track and field. In the classroom, was a scholar-athlete award winner.

Personal: Intended journalism major. Mother is Deborah Newell.

 

PRESEASON CAREER HIGHS
Hitting: .857 (6K- 0E- 7A) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (9/01/10)

Kills: 15 (15K- 5E-27A) 5s vs #6 USC (11/20/10)
Points - 17.5 (15K-5BA), 4s at #3 USC (10/14/11); 17.5 (14K-3BS-1BA), (3s) vs. #26 Oregon State (9/19/12)
Blocks: 5 - 4 times - (0 BS-5 BA) 5s at Portland State (9/7/10), 3s vs Siena (9/12/10); 4s at #3 USC (10/14), 5s vs. #1 UCLA

 

WILLIAMS'S CAREER STATS
Year   SP MS-MP   K  K/S   TA  Pct  A A/S  DIG  D/S BS  BA  TB B/S  Pts  Pts/S
2010  109 30-30 222 2.04  476 .286  5 0.05  10 0.09  7  56  63 0.58 259   2.38
2011  114 31-31 282 2.47  583 .307  8 0.07  24 0.21 17  53  70 0.61 325.5 2.85
2012  121 35-35 301 2.49  592 .334  3 0.02  23 0.19 15  68  83 0.69 351.0 2.90
TOTAL 344 96-96 805 2.34 1651 .311 16 0.05  57 0.17 39 177 216 0.63 935.5 2.72
 

 

FUN FACTS (and My Favorites)
Nickname(s): Ari
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Stuffed Animal: I'm too old for stuffed animals!
Pets Growing Up: Coco
Favorite Hobbies: Reading
Greatest Accomplishment: College scholarship
Something Most People Would be Surprised to Know About Me: I'm the biggest baby you'll ever know
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be a: Model
Intended Career Profession: Journalism
If I Could Have Dinner With Anybody: Liam Neeson
I'd Die Without My: Best friends
First Car: 1995 Toyota Corolla
Favorite Place I've Visited: Seattle, Washington
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Santorini, Greece
Various Volunteer Experience: Hurricane Katrina Relief
Favorite Entrée: Steak
Favorite Ice Cream: Anything!
Favorite Snack: Any type of fruit
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Olives and pepperoni
Favorite Type of Food: American
Best Dish I Can Make: Cereal (ha ha ...)
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams
Favorite TV Drama:  One Tree Hill!
Favorite TV Reality Show: Jersey Shore!
Favorite Cartoon Character: Catdog
Favorite Singer or Band/CD: Kid Cudi
Favorite Karaoke Song: Wannabe
Favorite Book: Anything written by Carl Weber
Favorite Board Game: Life
I Chose Oregon Because: Its top of the line!
First Athletic Award When You Were a Little Kid: Basketball tournament award
Most Embarrassing Athletic Moment: Serving a ball that didnt even make it to the 10-foot line of our side
If I didn't play volleyball, I would play: Basketball

 

 

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