Heather Cullen
Heather Cullen

Player Profile

Costa Mesa, CA

High School:
Newport Harbor





Overview: Had off-season knee surgery to remove a screw that was related to an ACL tear during her senior year in high school. Was unable to practice for much of the off-season, but did participate in all four days of competition at Open Nationals last May.

2003 Honors/Awards: First-team All-Pac-10 selection. Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic. MVP of the Ruby's Montana Invitational.

2003: Second on the team in kills (337) and points (402.5) and third in kills per game (2.86). Had 16 double-figure kill matches including the final three matches of the season. Posted career-highs in kills, digs, blocks and points this season. Career-high of 18 kills came on Oct. 3 in UCLA's five-game win at Washington. She hit .341 on 44 attacks and scored a career-high 22 points in that match. Had 12 matches with double-figure digs, including a career-high 15 at Hawai'i on Sept. 1 and at California on Oct. 17 and a 10-dig effort against San Diego in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Season-best of three aces came on Sept. 6 at Montana. Best blocking match was an eight-block effort on Nov. 1 against Washington. That match featured an 11-kills, 10-dig effort with four solo and four assisted blocks for 17 points.

2002: Led the Bruins with 30 service aces on the season. Played in 33 of UCLA's 34 matches, posting double-figure kills in 15 of those matches. Posted double-figure kills four times with a season high of 14 against Oregon on Oct. 11. Career-high of 14 digs came on Oct. 11 also came against Oregon. Had double-figure points 20 times with a season high of 18.5 at California on Oct. 4. Had four matches with four or more blocks, with a career-high of five at California. Had matches with three or more service aces four times, with a high of four at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 14. Entered two of UCLA's Elite Performance Club lists, hitting .619 at Oregon with 14 kills and one error on 21 attempts, and hitting .700 in the Albuturkey Tournament versus Butler, with seven kills and no errors on 10 attempts.

2001: Played as a sub both at outside hitter and middle blocker as a freshman. Saw her first game action at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic over Labor Day weekend. Earned her first career start on Oct. 19 against USC, and filled in for Kristee Porter in UCLA's last 13 regular season matches. Had two matches with double-figure kills, with 10 in the USC match on Oct. 19 and 12 against Washington on Nov. 3. Season-high of three service aces came against Oregon State on Nov. 16 at Pauley Pavilion. Had two matches with double-figure digs, posting a season-high of 13 in her first career start against USC, and posting 12 digs in UCLA's 3-1 loss at Oregon State on Nov. 19. Had three matches with a season-high four blocks, posting four assists against USC on Oct. 19 and on Nov. 15 against Oregon before recording one solo block and three assists against Oregon State on Nov. 19. Season-best .429 attack percentage came on Oct. 25 at Arizona State (7K-1E-14TA).

Prep: Missed her senior high school season due to a torn ACL. Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register Athlete of the Week Nov. 30, 1999. Newport Harbor won three straight CIV-SS Championships from 1998-2000. Named a Cal-Hi Sports All-American in 2000. Was the only junior on the Daily Pilot dream team, named in Feb. 1999. Played club volleyball with Orange County VBC, winning the Davis Volleyball Festival in 2000.