Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Birth Year: 1989
Height: 6-6 (200cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90kg)
College: UC Irvine
Joined Team: 2010
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2011 – World University Games in Shenzhen, China. 2010 – FIVB World Championship... Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2007 – FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship (15th). 2006 – NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship (Silver Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Named to the U.S. World League roster... Played for Montpellier in France's A1 league during the winter of 2012-13. 2012 – Helped the U.S. Men win the gold medal at the Pan American Cup in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic... Finished with 42 points on 39 kills and three aces in 12 sets played. 2011 – Competed in 21 sets and started 10 for the U.S. team at the World University Games on Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. Men finished 13th at the Games. Clark had 61 points on 41 kills, eight blocks and five aces. 2010 – Carson was the backup opposite to Clay Stanley at the FIVB World Championship in Italy where the U.S. Men finished sixth... Carson saw playing time in one match and did not score... Carson was the starting opposite for the Pan American Cup team that won the gold medal in San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 24-29). He was the United States’ third-leading scorer and 10th among all scorers with 56 points on 49 kills, three blocks and four spikes in 18 sets. He was third among all spikers with a hitting percentage of 0.42. 2007 – Carson was the United States’ second leading scorer at the FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championship in Baja, Mexico, finishing with 77 points on 65 kills, nine blocks and three aces. 2006 – Was a member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Championship in Dominican Republic. The team lost to Puerto Rico in the final.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Helped UC Irvine win the NCAA Division I-II National Championship... Voted outstanding player of the NCAA tournament, finishing the final with 22 kills and a hitting efficiency of .465... AVCA First Team All-American... First Team All-MPSF... Finished as Irvine's all-time kill leaders with 1.861. 2011 – Second team All-American and first team All-MPSF honoree... Averaged 4.54 kills and 5.21 points per set...ranked third in the nation in kills per set and seventh in aces (0.42)... Ranked second in the MPSF with a 4.58 kills and 5.29 points average overall and also ranked third in service aces with a 0.44 average... Ended the year ranked second in UCI career service aces (122), third in attack attempts (3,105) and fourth in kills (1,447)... His 47 aces in 2011 was tied for second in the season record book... Totaled double-digit kills in all but two matches this year, totaling 20 or more kills 10 times... Put away 35 kills against Pepperdine (1/21/11) which was the 10th best total in a match at UCI and the most by an MPSF player last season... Named AVCA National Player of the Week as well as MPSF Co-Player of the Week on Apr. 4, 2011. 2010 – AVCA First Team All-American… First Team All-MPSF… Set UCI single-season records for service aces (50) and attack attempts (1,259) as well as ranking fourth in kills (564)… Played 108 sets for UCA… Finished the season with 625 points on 541 kills (.306 hitting percentage), 12 aces (0.11 per set), 7 solo blocks and 58 block assists… Carson also had 196 digs (1.81 per set). 2009 – Helped UC Irvine win the NCAA Men's National Championship... Named to the NCAA All-tournament Team... Second Team AVCA All-America... Named MPSF Freshman of the Year as well as first team and All-Freshman team accolades... Led the team with a 3.90 kill average, which was 17th in the country and eighth in the MPSF... Hit .336 overall which was 25th in the country... Ranked eighth among MPSF players in points per set at 4.51... Tallied 25 aces... Recorded kills in double-digits 20 times, including 20 or more kills on seven occasions... Named to the UCSB/Elephant Bar Collegiate All-Tournament Team. 2008 – Redshirted.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: Began playing volleyball in 2003 for the Southern California Volleyball Club… Won a silver medal with the SCVC Boys 18s team at the 2005 Junior National Championships and won a bronze medal in 2004... Earned all-tournament honors at the 2003 Junior Nationals… Attended Santa Barbara High School 2005-07… Four-time All-CIF selection from Santa Barbara HS... Team was CIF Division 2 finalist... Channel League Co-MVP as a senior... Team won Channel League title... Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection
PERSONAL: Born Carson Martin Clark in 1989 in Santa Barbara, Calif. … Parents are Glen and Candy Clark… Carson has two older brothers, Ian and Sutton… Graduated from UC Irvine in 2012 with a degree in sociology… Favorite food is sushi… Favorite book is Into the Wild… Favorite musician is Kid Cudi… Favorite professional team is Liverpool FC… Favorite athlete is Laird Hamilton… Hobbies include going to the beach and naps… Clark considered leaving UCI after his junior year to play overseas professionally, but stayed and ended up winning his second NCAA national championship... His most admired person is Obi Wan Kenobi because “He is what I wish I could be.”
Updated in May 2013