Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara, Calif.
Birth Date: Oct. 13, 1992
Club Team/Coach: Santa Barbara Volleyball Club (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
High School/Grad Year: Dos Pueblos High School (Goleta, Calif.) / 2010
College Status: Signed with Stanford University
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Competed on U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that participated in the 2009 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship.
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Selected to U.S. Women's Junior National Team. 2009 – Selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that participated at the FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship. 2008 – Led the U.S. Girls’ Youth A2 White Team to the silver medal in the Women’s International Junior Division silver bracket at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships 2007 – Led USA Select A1 Team to silver medal in the Youth International Division of the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Helped Santa Barbara VBC to the Southern California Junior National Qualifier in the 18 Open Division…Helped team to the MLK Tournament title and earning MVP…Earned CIF Academic Award. 2009 – Selected as a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and Volleyball Magazine Second-Team All-American…Chosen to the PrepVolleyball.com as its No. 40 Senior Ace…Helped Dos Pueblos High School to the CIF Southern California title in Division IA while earning CIF Southern Section Division I-A First-Team honors…Named All-Channel League First-Team…High school team won the Channel League title and made state tournament appearance…Named Athlete of the Year for women’s track and field by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. 2008 – Named All-Tournament after leading Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 15-1 to a bronze-medal finish in the Open Division at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships…Selected All-CIF Southern California Section First-Team and All-Channel League (CIF) First-Team with Dos Pueblos High School…Named all-tournament at the California Challenge Tournament and Chalifornia Challenge Tournament. 2007 – Paced Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 14-1 Team to a fifth-place finish in the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship Open Division…Earned All-CIF Channel League and All-County Second-Team. 2006 – Assisted Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 13-1 to a bronze finish at the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championship Club Division. 2005 – Helped Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 13-1 Team to a sixth-place finish at Reno Volleyball Festival. 2004 – Began club volleyball with Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 12-1 Team.
PERSONAL: Born Samantha Alohilani Wopat on Oct. 13, 1992, in Santa Barbara, Calif.… Father is Ron Wopat (1956) and Mother is Kathy Wopat (1965)… Father Ron competed in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials for the decathlon and placed 12th out of 32 competitors and was a part of the eight-member 1981 U.S. Decathlon Team…Mother Kathy competed in gymnastics and track and field at UC Santa Barbara…Brothers are Jackson (1995) and Eli (1998) and twin sister is Carly (1992)…Sister Samantha was also selected to the 2009 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team and 2010 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team…Has played beach volleyball for four years and her playing partner is her twin sister Carly…Hobbies include reading, traveling, being outdoors, playing beach volleyball…Competes on high school track and field team in the discus throw, long jump, triple jump and high jump events…Favorite food is banana bread…Favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee…Favorite music category is anything…Favorite musicians are Jack Johnson and Nickelback…Favorite movie is Avatar…Favorite Actor is Johnny Depp…Favorite professional team is Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers…Favorite athlete is Phil Dalhausser…Most admired person is Neil Armstrong because “he was the first person to set foot on the moon.”…My happiest moment in life was “days spent in Hawaii.”
INTERESTING NOTES: “My Dad has six older brothers and grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. His brother Tom Wopat is an actor (who does Broadway now) and played Luke Duke on the TV show Dukes of Hazzard. My Mom was raised in Hawaii. I am a member of the Dos Pueblos High School Engineering Academy and look forward to being on the robotics team next year. I recently (April 2009) broke the school record in discus for track and field! I have a twin and 2 little brothers.”
“I was born premature (two months early) and weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces, while Carly weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces.”