Hometown: Schuyler, Neb.
Birth Year: 1988
Position: Middle HItter
Residence: Lincoln, Neb.
College: Nebraska Wesleyan University
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal)… Shanghai Exhibition Tournament… Netherlands Exhibition Tournament. 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold Medal)...ECVD Continental Cup (Gold Medal). 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)... Parapan American Championship in Colorado (Gold Medal)… World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold Medal)… Eurocup (Gold Medal). 2008 – Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver Medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze Medal). 2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver Medal). 2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Netherlands. 2004 – Paralympic Games in Athens (bronze medal)... Allison has also played in several exhibition matches, both international and domestic, with the U.S. team.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started 16 out of 17 sets at the London Paralympics. Finished with 43 points on 23 kills, nine blocks and 11 aces. Scored 11 points on five kills, five aces and one block in semifinal against Ukraine… Helped U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and a gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Competed with the U.S. Women's Sitting Team in China in four exhibition matches against the Shanghai club team... Helped the U.S. Women go 4-0 against the Shanghai club team played in conjunction with the 2011 Colorado Crossroads on March 17-20 in Denver… Finished third on the team with 34 points on 25 kills. 2010 – Helped the U.S. Women win the silver medal and qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games at the WOVD World Championships in Edmond, Okla. ... Finished with 19 aces over the course of 25 sets. She also finished third on the team with 29 kills, 1.16 per set, and tied for fourth among the U.S. blockers with 11 stuff blocks, 0.42 per set... Helped U.S. Women to gold medal at the Parapan American Championship in Denver. Team defeated Canada and Brazil. Played in 25 sets for the U.S. Women at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships where she finished with 29 kills, 1.16 per set, good enough for third place on the team. She also added 32 digs and second on the team with her 61 total points, 2.44 per set. 2009 – Helped the U.S. Women to a gold medal at the Eurocup in Roermond, Netherlands...Named Best Setter of the tournament. U.S. team defeated Netherlands in the final. U.S. Women also defeated Canadian team in matches in Denver and Canada. 2008 – Helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing... Ranked as the third-leading scorer on the U.S. side, finishing the tournament with 38 points... Was fourth on the team with 23 kills while finishing with seven blocks and eight aces... Started all five matches and play in all 17 sets of the Games... Was the U.S. team's leading scorer in a win over Latvia, as she totaled 13 points on six kills, six aces and one block.
PERSONAL: Born Allison Elizabeth Aldrich in 1988 in David City, Neb. ... Parents are Marvin and Peggy Aldrich... Aldrich lost her right leg when she was 7 years old due to osteosarcoma (bone cancer)... AGraduated from Schuyler Central High School in Nebraska in 2006... While in high school, she competed in volleyball, basketball, soccer and golf... She was named all-conference in golf and academic all-conference... She was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Ron Gustafson Inspirational Award... Majored in health and fitness studies and K-12 physical education with a minor in coaching at Nebraska Wesleyan University... She lettered in golf for two years... Works as a teacher... She enjoys coaching, teaching and lifting weights... Her favorite movies are Grease, Cinderella and Enchanted... Her favorite book is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... Her favorite professional teams are the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Lakers... Her favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant...She admires her mom the most because "she has been there for me through everything"... Says she has "courage and a will to succeed."
Updated December 2012
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