Tia Withers Welling
Libero Defensive Specialist 17
Last School
Sunset High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Gary and Patti Withers

  • Has three older brothers

  • Mom played volleyball for the University of Idaho 1979-1983

  • Majoring in elementary education

  • Also competed in track and field

  • 4-Year Varsity Letter Winner in track and field (High Jump and Pole Vault)

  • Team captain for track and field (2011)

  • SHS Tim Forrester Award for Track and Field Excellence and Commitment (2011)

  • Enjoys ultimate Frisbee, board games with friends, dining at Olive Garden, watching Disney movies, and playing Rock Band on the Wii.

  • Recruited by University of Portland and others

Before BYU

High School:

  • Played at Sunset High School under coach Lad Salness

  • 4-Year Varsity letter winner (2007-2010)

  • Varsity Team Captain (2009 and 2010)

  • Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar Athlete Award (2009)

  • SHS Female Athlete of the Year (2010-2011)

  • Jerry Pflug Athletic Leadership Award (2011)

  • KUIK AM1360 Westside Portland Athlete of the Week ( 2008)

  • 3rd Place at 6A State Championships 2009 and 2010, All-State Tournament 1st Team (2010)

  • 1st Team All-Metro League – All Around (2008 and 2010)

  • 1st Team All-Metro League Libero (2009)

  • All-Metro League Honorable Mention Libero (2007)


  • Played for Oregon Northwest Juniors  under coaches Michael Seaman (2010) and Rod Jones (2011)

  • 2010 George Pasero Team of the Year Award (with Oregon NW Juniors Air Max 18s)

  • 2011 Columbia Empire Volleyball Association Regional Champions
  • 2010 (with Oregon NW Juniors Air Max 18s): American Division USAV Junior National Champions
  • Selected to USAV Junior National Championships All-Tournament 1st Team
  • 2011 (with Oregon NW Juniors Air Elite 18s): JVA World Challenge Champions (Louisville)
  • GJC/SPVA National Classic Co-Champions (Chicago)
  • 2011 AAU National Championships, 5th place, (Orlando)
  • Five Consecutive Age Group Championships in Women’s Doubles at the Annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • USAV Beach Juniors Tour Pacific Open Doubles Champions in 2009 and 2010
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2011

  • Had three assists and seven digs against UC Santa Barbara
  • Recorded six digs in the first match against Saint Mary's
  • Tallied four digs, two assists and two service aces against Weber State
  • Had a career-high 10 digs against Idaho in the Varney's Invitational
  • Posted four digs and two service aces in the second match of the Varney's Invitational against Georgia Southern
  • Had five digs to help BYU to a win against Kansas State and the tournament crown
  • Recorded six digs against BYU-Hawaii
  • Posted a new career high of 11 digs against Utah State
  • Broke her career high for the second match in a row with 15 digs against Cal State Fullerton
  • Had seven digs against Cal State Northridge
  • Posted six digs against Saint Mary's in the conference opener
  • Recorded eight digs and two assists in the first matchup with Loyola Marymount
  • Had six digs against No. 18 San Diego
  • Posted six digs and two assists against No. 20 Pepperdine
  • Recorded her fourth double-figure outing of the season with 11 digs and two service aces against Portland
  • Had seven digs against Gonzaga
  • In her fifth double-figure outing of the season, posted 10 digs against No. 17 Pepperdine
  • Had nine digs against No. 16 San Diego
  • Posted another career high of 17 digs with two service aces against San Francisco
  • Had five digs in the second match against Santa Clara
  • Posted 15 digs in the rematch with San Francisco
  • Recorded five digs in the third match against Saint Mary's
  • Had six digs against Gonzaga in the second meeting between the two teams
  • Totaled 216 digs on the season, the third highest on the team
  • Also had 22 assists and 18 service aces on the season
  • Played in all 107 sets for the Cougars
  • Started 23 of the 30 matches
  • Received WCC Honor Roll Gold Honors
Sophmore Year 2012

  • Recorded 10 digs vs. Arkansas State
  • Recorded 10 digs vs. Air Force
  • Recorded eight digs vs. Rice
  • Had 13 digs vs. Wichita State
  • Had five digs vs. No. 24 Colorado State
  • Had a season-high 14 digs vs. No. 14 Tennessee
  • Had 12 digs vs. Utah
  • Recorded five digs vs. Bowling Green
  • Recorded seven digs vs. Portland State
  • Had four digs vs. New Hampshire
  • Had eight digs vs. Princeton
  • Recorded five digs and one assists vs. George Washington
  • Had nine digs vs. No. 14 Pepperdine
  • Recorded five digs and two service aces vs. Gonzaga
  • Recorded 13 digs vs. San Francisco
  • Had 10 digs vs. Saint Mary’s
  • Had a season-high 15 digs vs. LMU
  • Had eight digs and a career-high four assists vs. Portland
  • Recorded 17 digs to tie her career high and two assists vs. San Francisco
  • Had nine digs and two service aces vs. Saint Mary’s
  • Had a career-high five assists and 12 digs vs. Santa Clara
  • Had 11 digs vs. Gonzaga (10/25)
  • Had 12 digs vs. Portland (10/27)
  • Had a career-high 24 digs vs. USD (10/31)
  • Had 11 digs vs. LMU (11/3)
  • Had 14 digs vs. SCU (11/10) 
  • Recorded 12 digs and three assists vs. Pepperdine (11/15) 
  • Had a career-high 30 digs vs. USD (11/17), good for No. 9 in BYU history for digs in a match
  • Had 14 digs vs. UVU (11/20) 
  • Had eight digs vs. NMSU (11/30) 
  • Had 15 digs vs. Oklahoma (12/1) 
  • Had 10 digs vs. Oregon in the NCAA Omaha Region semifinal (12/7)
  • Totaled 360 digs this season
  • Also had 39 assists and 26 service aces
  • Played in all 112 sets
  • Named Academic All-WCC
Junior Year 2013

  • Recorded two service aces and 12 digs vs. Creighton (8/30)
  • Had 15 digs vs. Marquette (8/31)
  • Has played in every set this season
  • Recorded a season high 23 digs vs. Oklahoma (9/7)
  • Set a career high three service aces vs. Fresno State (9/7)
  • Added to the WCC Volleyball All-Academic team
  • Led the team in digs during seven matches
  • Recorded double digit digs in 17 matches
  • Started in two matches this season
Senior Year 2014

  • Had nine digs vs. Wash. (9/5)
  • Collected seven digs and a kill vs. UTEP (9/12)
  • Had 11 digs and three service aces vs. SMC (10/11)
  • Added a team-high three service aces to go along with eight digs vs. SMC (11/6)
  • Contributed 12 digs vs. Gonzaga (11/22)
  • Collected 10 digs vs. LMU (11/25)
  • Added a season-high 13 digs vs. Arizona (12/5)
  • Added to the Academic All-WCC First Team
  • Finished her career as the all-time BYU rally-scoring era leader in sets played with 453
  • Ended her career as the second all-time BYU rally-scoring era leader in career digs with 1,122
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year