High School: Ridgefield Major: Political Science Parents: Dean and Marianne Barrus Family: Oldest of five children (one brother and three sisters), all involved in sports Hobbies: Outdoor activities, being with friends and family, playing the piano and other music and vacationing Favorite Movies: The Man From Snowy River, Runaway Bride Favorite Song: You're the Inspiration Non Sports Hero: "My handicapped sister, Jessica." Biggest Sport Thrill: Winning the state shot put championship as a sophomore, setting a new state record and being ranked nationally. Came to BYU because: "I was raised with the dream of coming to BYU."
CLUB: Led Nike Northwest Junior team to 1996 and 1997 regional championships and top-10 finishes at four prestigious tournaments, including a first place finish at the Berkeley tournament in 1997. Honors: Named to Volleyball magazine's "Fab 50" list.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time MVP of prep team ... 1994 Most Improved Player and 1995 and 1996 team captain ... 1994 Second Team all-league, 1995 and 1996 league Player of the Year ... senior all-state team ... led her team to the state runner-up spot in 1995 and fifth in state in 1996 ... lettered in track for three years (freshman through junior) ... set state record and all-time best throw for a sophomore in shot put and won state shot put title again as a junior.
CAREER MATCH HIGHS * Kills: 4 vs. Utah St., 09/17/99 * Blocks: 5 vs. New Mexico, 10/24/98 * Digs: 2 vs. Central Michigan, 09/19/98
Played in 10 matches ... finished the season with seven kills and nine blocks ... ended the season averaging 0.75 blocks per game ... recorded career-best five blocks in match vs. New Mexico in which she filled in for Nina Puikkonen, who missed the match because of injury.
Played in 14 matches for the Cougars ... recorded a career-high 4 kills against Utah St. ... recorded 4 blocks in two matches ... finished the season averaging 0.89 blocks/game ... hit .255 on the season.
Played in just six sets with five kills on the year
Had shoulder surgery in spring 1997