Denise Ssozi
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Denise  Ssozi

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Johnston, Iowa

High School:
Johnston

Height:
5-8

Position:
OH

Club Team:
Johnston Volleyball Club


FRESHMAN YEAR | 2016: Competed in 69 sets, after missing the first 10 matches with injury...was a member of the starting rotation for 19 contests, including one at the libero position...tallied 153 kills and 159 digs...accounted for a career-high 17 kills during first start in the front row (Nevada)...reached double-digit kills in seven additional matches...led the team in kills during four contests, while tying for the team lead in three others...recorded a career-best hitting percentage of .545 at San Jose State (6k-0e-11a)...collected a personal-best 16 digs against Southern Utah...also reached the 10-dig mark in six other matches...recorded double-doubles against Nevada (17 kills, 11 digs) and Fresno State (12 kills, 13 digs)...added 24 blocks (four solo, 20 assisted), 11 service aces and 25 assists...notched a pair of solo blocks against Nevada...also earned solo stops at Fresno State and against New Mexico...assisted on a career-high three blocks at San Jose State...tallied career-high marks in assists (six) and aces (three) during contests with Fresno State...selected to participate on the U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team.

HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Johnston High School...coached by Rick Brooks...lettered four years in volleyball...named to the All-CIML Elite Team in 2015...claimed first-team all-state honors for Class 5A as a senior...also earned all-district (Class 5A West), first-team all-conference (CIC), first-team all-division (CIC West) and first-team all-Western Division that year...awarded all-district Achievement honors for 5A West...earned 5A Honorable Mention honors in 2014...collected 979 kills, 784 digs and 210 service aces during career...also lettered one year in track and field...received the All-Academic Award four times (2014, 2015 for both track and volleyball)...competed at the club level for the Johnston Volleyball Club...coached by Sarah Schuster and Laura Roeder-Grubb...member of the team that finished third at the 2015 Nationals...selected to be on the USA All-Tournament Team that year.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Dan and Hilton Ssozi...nickname is "D"...has two younger siblings...majoring in behavioral science...future plans include becoming a physician assistant...hobbies include being with family and playing music...greatest personal moment in sports is playing in the state tournament for the first time...spent the summer training with the U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs...member of Cadet Squadron 16.

DENISE SSOZI'S CAREER STATS
YEAR G K E TA PCT A SA SE RE D BS BA TB BE BHE PTS
2016 69 153 95 482 .120 25 11 36 23 159 4 20 24 4 3 178.0
Career 69 153 95 482 .120 25 11 36 23 159 4 20 24 4 3 178.0
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