2009 -- Earned a roster spot with the basketball team and returned to volleyball in late March, 2009 ... Started one of four matches and played in nine games ... In his only start against USC (4/10), he recorded six kills and four blocks for eight points in three sets ... Came off the bench vs. BYU (3/28) and recorded three kills (.600) and a block assist for 3.5 points ... In a relief role against Hawaii (4/3) he recorded six kills (.444), a dig and one block assist for 6.5 points ... Recorded 10 nominations to the Director's Honor Roll ... Graduated in the summer of 2009 with a degree in Sociology.
2008 -- Earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors ... Ranked 13th nationally in hitting at .415 ... In MPSF matches he ranked fifth at .427 ... Ranked 10th in MPSF blocking at 1.17 bpg ... Started 28 of 30 matches ... Scored a career-high of 26 points vs. Pep (1/25) on 21 kills (.690), two aces and five total blocks ... His 21 kills was a season-high ... Tied a career-high with 10 total blocks vs. Stanford (4/12) and also added 10 kills, an ace for 16.5 points ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter and Spring ... Also boasted a 4.0 gpa for Winter, 2008.
2007 -- Earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors ... Final blocking average of 1.22 bpg ranked third on the single season rally-scoring chart ... That mark ranked in a tie for 13th nationally ... Ranked seventh in MPSF blocking at 1.29 bpg ... Pounded a career-high of 22 kills (.486) vs. Pep (1/24) ... Led the team with 17 kills (.542) vs. UH (2/2) ... Recorded a career-high of 10 block assists vs. Stanford (2/17) ... Tied that mark with two solo blocks and eight block assists vs. LBS (2/28) ... Earned a spot on the Spring Quarter Director's Honor Roll.
2006 -- Played in four matches before injuring his knee vs. UCI (1/13) ... Set season bests with eight kills vs. Stanford (1/6) and UCSB (1/6) ... Also recorded a season-high of six total blocks vs. LBS (1/7) ... Also recorded eight kills and two blocks vs. UCI at the time of his injury ... Returned to action vs. Stanford (2/16) and recorded four kills in eight swings with three total blocks ... Recorded his first career ace vs. USC (3/17) in a 3-2 victory ... Played in the NCAA Finals vs. Penn State and recorded three kills and three total blocks ... Earned a roster spot on the men's basketball team in a Fall tryout for walk-ons ... Stayed with the basketball team through the Fall Quarter before returning to volleyball on Dec. 27 ... Director's Honor Roll member twice.
2005 -- Redshirted the season ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll for Fall (2004) and Winter (2005).
High School -- Played for coaches Dan Glenn (volleyball) and Larry Hirst (basketball) at Newport Harbor HS where he earned seven varsity letters ... Served as captain of both teams ... In volleyball, he did not play his senior year because of a knee injury ... In 2003 he led the Sailors to an overall record of 20-12 and a 9-1 first place record in the Sea View League ... The team advanced to the second round of the CIF Division I playoffs ... In 2002, the Sailors advanced to the CIF quarterfinals ... NHHS won the 2002 and '01 Orange County Volleyball Tournament of Champions ... Earned First-Team All-Seaview League honors as a junior in 2003 and second-team honors in 2002 ... First-Team Daily Pilot All-District Team in 2003 and '02.
Club -- Played for the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club, which won the Open 16 Gold Division at the 2002 Junior Olympics ... In 2003 Balboa Bay VB Club won the bronze medal in the Open 17 division.
Personal -- Chose UCLA for its academics and athletics ... Lists his greatest athletic thrill as winning the 2006 NCAA Championship ... Admires former Chicago Bulls All-Star forward Dennis Rodman for his "loud, energetic and outspoken play" ... Enjoys basketball, bodysurfing and playing video games in his spare time ... Has one younger sister ... Full name is James Cummins Diefenbach III.
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