Hometown/Residence: Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Manhattan Beach, Calif.
High School/Grad Year: Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) / 2008
College Status: Playing for University of Southern California
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2007 – FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. 2006 – NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship (Gold).
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. 2007 – Member of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team which competed at FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. 2006 – Served as captain of U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team which won the gold medal at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship…Member on U.S. Girls’ Youth Team European Tour roster which won the gold medal with competition at Izola, Slovania. 2005 – Attended USA Volleyball High Performance Holiday Camp…Named to USA Volleyball Select A2 Team. 2004 – Chosen to USA Volleyball Select A1 Team.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Appeared in 24 matches in her freshman season at University of Southern California, serving as the backup setter...Recorded 117 assists on the season (2.72 set average) with 32 digs (0.74) and seven blocks (0.16)…USC reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round in the playoffs.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Led SCVC to the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship 18 Open Division bronze medal and was named all-tournament. 2007 – Led TCA to the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship 18 Open Division bronze medal Helped lead Mira Costa High School to the National High School Volleyball Championship with a 37-0 record and California State Volleyball title…Named High School All-American First Team by Volleyball Magazine and California All-State First-Team. 2006 – Paced TCA 18s to the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship 18 Open Division title…Helped lead Mira Costa High School to the National High School Volleyball Championship and California State Volleyball title…Named High School All-American First-Team by Volleyball Magazine and California All-State First-Team. 2005 – Named to the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship All-Tournament Team in the 16 Open Division…AAU Tour Beach Championship gold medal. 2004 – AAU Tour Beach Championship gold medal. 2003 – USA Volleyball Junior Olympics Beach Championship gold medal. 2000 – Began playing club volleyball with Beach Cities Volleyball Club.
PERSONAL: Born Kendall Mikala Bateman on June 15, 1990, in Torrance, Calif… Parents are Steve and Jane Bateman… Both parents attended and played varsity sports at Loyola Marymount (father played baseball, mother played basketball)…Twin brother is Stephen Jr. (1990), who attends University of Southern California, and sister is Kelsey (1988), who attends Stanford University…Hobbies are going to the beach and listening to music…Has played beach volleyball for eight years as well as indoor volleyball…Has taken taekwondo for three years…Favorite food is Mexican…Favorite Book is The Kite Runner…Favorite music category is acoustic rock…Favorite musical group is Slackstring…Favorite professional team is Los Angeles Dodgers…Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan…Most admired person is her dad because “he is my biggest supporter.”…Happiest moment in life was winning the High School Volleyball National Championship in 2006 and 2007 while at Mira Costa High School.
INTERESTING NOTE: “I have a twin brother, Stephen Jr., who is one minute older than me. He played three sports in high school – football, soccer and baseball. He is 6-4 and also attends University of Southern California. We are the two tallest people in my family. My sister Kelsey is seven inches shorter than me at 5-5. It was great being a twin in high school because we are able to go to each other’s games and hang out with all of his friends and all of my friends. We are in several classes together and study with each other a lot. He is my best friend and always supports me in volleyball and school.”