Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Houston, Texas/Houston, Texas
Club Team/Coach: Texas Tornados (Houston, Texas)/Tara Cross-Battle
Current School/Grad Year: Truitt Middle School (Houston, Texas)/2014
College Status: Uncommitted
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2010 – NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship (Gold).
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team... 2010 – Helped the U.S. to the gold medal at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship…Scored seven points in the win over Jamaica on April 28. 2009 – Attended U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in December…Selected to U.S. Girls’ Select Team that competed in Women’s Junior International Division of the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. 2008 – Named Best Attacker while competing on U.S. Girls’ Select Red Team which won the silver medal in the Youth International Division of the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships. 2005 – Attended USA Volleyball High Performance A2 Select Program in Colorado Springs.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Led 15 Mizuno team to a fifth-place finish at the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championships. 2008 – Led 14 Mizuno Team to the gold medal at the Big South Qualifier and Tour of Texas…Paced 14 Mizuno to a ninth-place finish at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships..Named AA All-American while competing in AAU Championships. 2006 – Helped 13 Mizuno Team to a 13th-place finish in the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championships. 2005 – Led 12 Nike Team to a fifth-place finish in the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championships. 2003 – Started playing club volleyball for Texas Tornados Volleyball Club.
PERSONAL: Born Mylan Kennedy Eugene on Nov. 22, 1995, in Lafayette, Louisiana… Parents are Lyndon and Irvette James… Sister is Jorden James (1999)…Hobbies include shopping, listening to music and texting friends…Favorite foods are sushi, seafood and pasta…Favorite book is The Outsiders…Favorite music types are R&B and alternative…Favorite musicians are 3 Days Grace and Rhianna… Favorite professional team is the New Orleans Saints…Favorite athlete is Reggie Bush…Most admired person is her mother because “she makes so many sacrifices for me to be where I am in volleyball and is so supportive of me. She introduced to me the game when I was very young and I fell in love with the sport. She is my biggest supporter and number-one fan.”…Happiest moment in life was “when I made the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. It was a very emotional moment…we all cried, well most of us did! We worked so hard and it just felt so good and rewarding to have made it.”
INTERESTING NOTE: “I attended my very first USA Volleyball High Performance tryout when I was 10-years old. I didn’t know anything about USA Volleyball and did not expect anything to come out of it but surprisingly I made the A2 camp in Colorado Springs. It was also my very first plane ride. I remembered my mom and I walking down the hallway through a wall of giants to get to my room. I remembered thinking WOW!!! I was 10 and only about 5-4 then and felt very, very tiny compared to the older girls. They took really good care of me and treated me like their little sister. The whole A2 camp was a great experience and I knew then that this was something that I wanted to always be a part of!”