Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Camarillo, Calif.
Birth Date: April 9, 1987
College/Major/Grad Year: Pepperdine University/Liberal Arts-Psychology/2009
Joined Team: April 2009
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: None
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Tallied 24 points in a two-match tour of Egypt in April…Scored team-high 16 points (11 kills, 5 aces) in starting role in an April 12 victory over Egypt…Chipped in eight points (6 kills, 1 ace, 1 block) in start versus Egypt on April 10.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Finished her four-year career as one of Pepperdine’s top players ever, leaving her mark all over the school’s career record book ... Ranks second in solo blocks (96), third in kills (1,743), third in total attempts (4,403), third in points (2,064.0), fourth in points per game (4.88), fifth in kills per game (4.12), fifth in service aces (113), eighth in service aces per game (0.27) and 10th in digs (973) ... Played in every single game possible over her four years (423 in all) ... A 2008 All-American and a four-time All-WCC honoree (three times on the first team) ... In the classroom, was a three-time WCC All-Academic selection and a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District pick. 2008 – Selected American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Third Team and All-West Coast Conference First-Team…Led the WCC in both kills (4.42 average) and points (5.14 average), ranked third in service aces (0.33 average) and ranked ninth in hitting percentage (.316)…Added 2.42 digs and 0.65 blocks per set as Pepperdine finished with a 20-8 record. 2007 - Named to the All-WCC First-Team as a junior...Led the team in kills (4.37) and digs (3.14)...Averaged 0.47 blocks and 0.35 aces...In the WCC, ranked third in points (5.01), fourth in kills and seventh in aces...Started all 29 matches and played in all 109 games...Double-figure kills in 26 of 29 matches and in digs 21 times...Recorded 18 kill-dig double-doubles ... Produced 20 or more kills seven times, including a career-high 29 at San Diego (11/10). 2006 - Named to the All-WCC First-Team as a sophomore...Led the team in kills per game (3.53) and also averaged 2.23 digs and 0.73 blocks...Ranked 10th in the WCC in kills and ninth in points (4.33 per game)...Had 23 matches where she reached double-digits in kills and 10 in digs. 2005 - Named All-WCC honorable mention and voted to the WCC All-Freshman team...Averaged a team-best 4.17 kills as well as 1.42 digs and 0.97 blocks...Ranked fifth in the WCC in kills (leading all freshmen) and fourth in points (5.02)...Recorded 27 double-digit kill matches.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: Member of U.S. Women's National A2 Team during summer 2007...Played with the USA Select team in Argentina during summer 2006.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: Led Sports Shack club team to the 2005 Reno Festival championship under current Pepperdine assistant coach Tim Jensen...Graduated from Oaks Christian High School, located in Westlake Village, Calif., in 2005...Four-year varsity letterwinner... Selected to Volleyball Magazine Fab 50...Senior year honors included Frontier League MVP, Daily News and Ventura County Star all-area first teams and All-CIF Division IV second team notice...Selected All-CIF second team and Daily News all-area first team as a junior...Three-time All-Frontier League First-Team selection.
PERSONAL: Born Julie Anna Rubenstein on April 9, 1987, in Santa Monica, Cailf...Parents are Jay and Garianne Rubenstein...Has one sister, Rachel (1985)...Grandfather, Gary Colson, was Pepperdine basketball coach from 1968-1979 and led Waves to NCAA Tournament twice...Holds a spot on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has traveled to Nashville and Minneapolis for conferences associated with the group...Vice chair of Pepperdine's Student Athlete Advisory Council...Majoring in liberal arts with a concentration in psychology at Pepperdine University and plans to become an elementary school teacher...Hobbies include drawing, cooking, hanging out with friends and family...Favorite food is sushi...Favorite pro volleyball player is Kerri Walsh...Favorite pro sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers...Favorite book is Redeeming Love...Favorite movie is Never Been Kissed...Favorite TV shows are The Bachelor and The Office...Favorite musical artist is Jack Johnson...Favorite thing about volleyball is "the opportunity to compete with a group of my closest friends."...Most admired person is her friend Richard because "his strength and courage during his service in Iraq and for sharing his story."...Happiest moments in life are "picnic under the Eiffel Tower, committing to Pepperdine, laying on a warm beach with family/friends, to name a few."
Updated: April 6, 2010