Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Grass Valley, Calif.
College: Long Beach State
Birth Date: July 20, 1981
Joined Team: January 2003
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2009 - NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2005 - Pan American Cup...World Grand Prix. 2003 – Montreux Volley Masters…Russia Tournament…Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Played in eight sets off the bench during the NORCECA Continental Championship…Tallied three blocks versus Costa Rica on Sept. 24. 2005 - Member of U.S. roster for Front Range Tour versus Brazil on June 4 and June 6...Selected to participate in Pan American Cup...Member of World Grand Prix team. 2003 – Saw significant action in the middle in the first four tournaments of the year before injuries ended her season…Played in 55 sets and recorded 75 kills, 20 blocks, 12 service aces, 107 total points and a hitting percentage of .336…Posted a career-high 15 points on eight kills, four service aces and three blocks in a 3-2 win over Japan at the World Grand Prix in Italy on July 21…Scored 14 points on a career-high 13 kills and one ace in a sweep of Japan at the Yeltsin Cup Tournament in Russia on June 11.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Thomas, a 6-3 middle blocker, recorded 168 total blocks as a senior at Long Beach State this past season (1.51 per game) and was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team All-American…Also named to the All-Big West Conference first-team and the AVCA All-West Region team as a senior…Posted double-figure kills in 29-of-33 matches on the year…Finished her career with more than 1,000 career kills (1,025) and No. 5 all-time with 374 career block assists…Her 145 block assists this season were the second-highest, in a single season, in the program’s history…Her career .352 hitting percentage is fifth highest all-time at The Beach…Led the team with 3.75 kills and 1.51 blocks per game this season…Earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and honorable mention as a junior…Was a member of the USA Volleyball women’s A2 team in the summer of 2001.
PERSONAL: Born Elisha Margaret Thomas on July 20, 1981, in Long Beach, Calif. …Now lives in Grass Valley, Calif. …Parents are Michael Thomas and Margaret Cummings…Also has four brothers, Anthony Thomas; William Thomas; John Cummings; and Adrian Cummings; and three sisters: Briana Thomas; Christa Cummings; and Rachel Cummings…Sister Briana played basketball for the Air Force Academy.