Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown/Residence: San Diego, California/San Diego/California
Birth Date: May 5, 1993
Club Team: Coast Volleyball Club 18-1 Ozhan (San Diego, Calif.)
High School/Grad Year: Canyon Crest High School (San Diego, Calif.)/2011
College Status: Signed with Pepperdine University
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS: 2010 – NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship (Gold)…Youth Olympic Games (Silver).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Helped the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to the gold medal at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Mexico to qualify for the 2011 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship…Served as captain of the U.S. Youth Olympic Games team that captured the silver medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Selected to U.S. Women’s Junior National Team.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Selected Prep Volleyball All-American and Canyon Crest Academy Athlete of the Year…All-Valley League First Team and Most Valuable Player…All-CIF Division 3…All-League North County Conference…All-San Diego Section First-Team. 2010 – Helped Coast Volleyball Club 18-1 Ozhan to first place at Big South National Qualifier, second place at Southern California Junior National Qualifier, first place at SCVA Mandatory 2 and fifth place at Vegas Invitational…Selected CCA most valuable player. 2009 – Helped Coast Volleyball Club 17-1 to second place at Southern California Junior National Qualifier, second place at Northern Lights National Qualifier, fifth place at Vegas Invitational and 11th place at USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships Open Division…Selected captain and most valuable player for Canyon Crest Academy while earning first-team All-Coastal League, First-Team All-CIF Division 3 and Academic Team. 2008 – Led 16-1 club team to an American Division berth at USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships…Selected First-Team All-Coastal League, First-Team CIF Division 3, Third-Team All-County, La Jolla High School Beach Cities All-Tournament Team, Canyon Crest Academy Coach’s Choice Award. 2007 – Led 14-1 club team to Open Division spot into the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships…Named to varsity team as a freshman and earned Second-Team All-CIF Section, Canyon Crest Academy Most Improved Player…Traveled with varsity team to Europe (Budapest, Maribor, Vienna and Prague) playing other countries’ national teams. 2004 – Began playing club volleyball with Solana Beach Volleyball Club.
PERSONAL: Born Samantha Cash on May 5, 1993, in Oklahoma City, Okla… Father is Alan Cash and Mother is Kathy Cash.… Sisters are Alice (1991) and Gretchen (1996)…Hobbies include reading and painting …Favorite food is anything but seafood…Favorite book is Harry Potter Series…Favorite musical category is alternative…Favorite musical group is Augustana…Favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail…Favorite actor is Hugh Grant…Favorite professional team is San Diego Chargers…Favorite athlete is Misty May-Treanor…Most admired person is older sister Alice because “she is so strong, independent and a bit crazy, but that’s what makes her fun! And everyone needs to be a little crazy to be the best!.”…Happiest moment in life was “being named team captain of the U.S. Youth National Team competing in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.”
INTERESTING NOTE: “I was captain for Team USA at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and we brought home the silver medal. It was an amazing experience, living in the Olympic Village and meeting athletes from all over the world. There were also thousands of teenage volunteers from Singapore helping with the YOG. One of the volunteers I met was traveling in the USA over Christmas and we invited her and her family to our house and served them an American meal of barbeque hamburgers, potato salad, apple pie and brownies.”