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Tony Ciarelli

Volleyball

Tony Ciarelli

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Birth Year: 1990
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-6 (198cm)
Weight: 215 lbs (95kg)
High School/Grad Year: Huntington Beach (Calif.) High School/2008
College: USC

INTERNATIONAL INDOOR COMPETITIONS: 2013 – FIVB World League. 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold medal). 2011 – Pan American Games... Pan American Cup (Silver medal). 2009 – FIVB Men’s Junior (U-21) World Championship. 

INTERNATIONAL INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named Best Spiker of the Pan American Cup as the U.S. won the tournament (July 9-14 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)... Finished with 39 kills on 71 attempts (54.9 kill percent) with 10 errors (.408 hitting efficiency)... Was the United States' second leading scorer for the tournament, finishing with 49 points on 39 kills, four blocks and six aces. 2011 – Was the second best U.S. scorer and sixth overall at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico... Finished with 90 points on 75 kills, 12 blocks and three aces. Helped the U.S. Men win the silver medal at the Pan American Cup in Gatineau, Canada. 2009 – Tony was the starting outside hitter on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth at the FIVB World Championship in Pune, India… Tony was the United States’ leading scorer and ninth among all players with 105 points on 86 kills, 12 blocks and seven aces… He was seventh among all spikers with a kill percentage of 48.59… He was the team’s best server and 10th overall with an average of 0.23 aces per set… He was the team’s third-leading blocker, averaging 0.40 blocks per set… Tony was also on the training team for the FIVB Beach Junior World Championships. 

INTERNATIONAL BEACH COMPETITIONS: 2012 – NORCECA - Trinidad & Tobago (Gold medal)... NORCECA - St. Lucia (Silver medal)... NORCECA - Chula Vista. 2010 – FIVB Beach Junior (U-21) World Championships. 2008 – FIVB Beach Youth (U-19) World Championships (Silver Medal).

INTERNATIONAL BEACH HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Won the gold medal with partner Will Montgomery at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Trinidad & Tobago... Won the silver medal with partner Jeff Carlson at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in St. Lucia... Finished tied for fifth with partner Jeff Carlson at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Chula Vista, Calif. 2010 – Tied for fifth at the FIVB Beach Junior (U-21) World Championship with teammate Evan Barry. Tony was a last-minute replacement on the team for Will Montgomery, who was injured. 2008 – Tony and partner Jeff Carlson won the silver medal at the FIVB Beach Youth World Championships in The Hague, Netherlands. He was also on the training team for the Beach Junior World Championships.

CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Won the Under-18 Open Championship and was named MVP with Balboa 18 Quiksilver at the Boys’ National Championship in Sandy, Utah… Volleyball Magazine All-American second team, Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list, All-CIF Division I first team and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team as a senior at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High... Had 433 kills, 210 digs, 45 aces, 40 blocks and a hitting percentage of .350 in 2008. 2007 – MVP of the 2007 International Youth Boys division at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships as his team won a bronze medal… Earned All-CIF Division I second team, Los Angeles Times All-Star second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County third team and All-Seaview League Co-MVP honors as a junior. 2006 – Made the 16-and-Under All-Tournament team at the 2006 Junior Nationals as his club won the 16s gold medal.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year... AVCA All-American First Team... MPSF Player of the Year... First Team All-MPSF... Led the Trojans to the final of the NCAA Men's Volleyball Division I Championship where they lost to UC Irvine... Led the nation in aces per set (.61)... set the school record (in the rally-scoring era) for aces in a four-year career with 164... Averaged 4.13 kills per set. 2011 – Started for his third season at outside hitter as a junior... Made the 2011 AVCA All-American second team, Volleyball Magazine All-American third team and All-MPSF first team ... He also made the 2011 MPSF All-Tournament team... Overall in 2011 while appearing in (and starting) 26 matches, he was second on USC in kills (350) and aces (36), tied for third in blocks (64) and was fourth in digs (142) while hitting .317... He was in double kill figures 21 times (including 4 times with 20-plus kills), hit .500-plus 4 times, had 5-plus digs 17 times (including 3 times with 10-plus digs) and had 5-plus blocks 4 times. 2010 – Started all season at outside hitter as a sophomore in 2010 ... Overall while starting all 26 matches in which he appeared, he led the team in aces (38), was second in kills (406) while hitting .231 and digs (194) and fourth in blocks (73) ... He was in double kill figures 24 times (including five times with 20-plus kills), had 5-plus digs 22 times (including 5 times with 10-plus digs) and had 5-plus blocks four times ... His eight aces against Ohio State tied the USC rally scoring era match record ... He was tied for fifth in the MPSF (15th in the NCAA) in ace average (0.37) ... He was 10th in the MPSF in points average (4.66) ... He made 2010 All-MPSF honorable mention. 2009 – Became just the third Trojan (and first since 1999) to be named National Freshman of the  Year by Volleyball Magazine... Named Second Team All-American by Volleyball Magazine and the AVCA... Helped USC to the NCAA final where it lost to UC Irvine, 3-2… Started all 32 matches at outside hitter... Overall while hitting .277, he was second on the team in kills (468) and aces (31) and third on the team in digs (195) and blocks (75)... He was in double kill figures 27 times (including 6 times with 20-plus kills), had five-plus digs 23 times (including twice with 10-plus digs) and had five-plus blocks three times... His five aces versus Ohio State and five solo blocks versus Long Beach State were USC season highs... He was 22nd nationally in kills (3.77) and ninth in the MPSF in points (4.39)... All-MPSF third team, All-MPSF Freshman team (USC's first such frosh honoree since 1999) and MPSF All-Tournament team.

PERSONAL: Born Antonio Chalmers Ciarelli in 1990 in Laguna Beach, Calif. ... Parents are Rocky and Cammy Ciarelli... Has one sister, Felicia (1988)... Rocky played volleyball at Long Beach State (1977-79) before becoming an assistant coach there (he also played some pro beach volleyball in the 1980s and competed in numerous indoor USVBA Opens) and now is a volunteer assistant coach at USC, while his mother, Cammy (Chalmers), played at UCLA (1979-82) and then won 14 pro beach tournaments in the early 1990s (mainly with Holly McPeak)... Tony began playing volleyball in 2000 with Surf City Volleyball Club... Graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 2008... Favorite food is Italian... Favorite book is Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson... Favorite music category is hip-hop/rap... Favorite musician is Ben Harper... Favorite sports team is the New York Yankees... Favorite athlete is Joe DiMaggio... Most admired person is his father.

Updated May 2013

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