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Dean Bittner


Dean Bittner

Position: Opposite
Height: 6-8 (201cm)
Weight: 209 (99kg)
College: Long Beach State
Joined A2 Team: 2009

PERSONAL: Born Dean Randolph Bittner II in Long Beach, Calif. ... Parents are Dean and Ernestine Bittner... Dean has one older brother, David Vasquez... Dean started playing volleyball in 2002... Played with the Amazon VBC... Dean played volleyball for Lakewood (Calif.) High School… He was twice selected first-team All-Moore League… In 2005, Dean was named a second-team All-American by Mizuno / Volleyball Magazine… He was also named a Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” recruit… Competed on the Riptides club team for two years as it won back-to-back Junior National championships in 2004 and 2005… Majored in recreation at Long Beach State... Favorite food is country fried steak... Favorite music is alternative rock... Hobbies include disc golf and body surfing... His happiest moment was his first gold medal at the Junior National Championships in 2004 with the Riptides.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2010 - FIVB Club World Championship... Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 - Dean was a member of Team PMI/Anaheim, which competed at the Club World Championship on Dec. 15-19 in Doha, Qatar. The team went 0-3 and did not advance from pool play... Dean was a member of the U.S. Men's A2 Team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico... Dean scored 24 points on 21 kills and three blocks in a 3-2 victory over Mexico... Finished the tournament with 31 points on 27 kills, three blocks and one ace in 11 sets played. 2009 – Was named MVP of the 2009 Pan American Cup tournament in Chiapas, Mexico. Dean started every match and played in all 15 sets for the United States. He scored 66 points on 42 kills, 10 blocks and six aces.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Named second-team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and third-team all Mountain Pacific Sports Federation… Dean led the 49ers in kills and kills per game in 2010, finishing the season with 502 kills (4.61 per game), 85 blocks (0.78 per game) and 41 service aces (0.38 per game)… He earned national player of the week accolades on Jan. 25, his Long Beach State record-tying fourth national player of the week honor… The opposite finished his career second all-time in kills at Long Beach State with 1,872, as well as second in total kill attempts (3,931) and most matches with 20+ kills (40), third in most matches with 10+ kills (91), fourth in service aces (130) and sixth in service ace average (.310). 2009 – Named first-team All-America by the AVCA after finishing third in the nation in kills (5.51/game), 13th in aces (0.38/game), 32nd in hitting percentage (.307) and 43rd in blocks per game (1.01/game)... A first-team All-MPSF pick after finishing second in the league in points (6.44) and third in kills and service aces ... Named AVCA National Player of the Week, MPSF co-Player of the Week, and MVP of the Active Ankle Tournament after leading The Beach to wins over IPFW and Penn State... Led the 49ers in kills (605), hitting percentage (.306), attempts (1,264) and service aces (42), while adding 130 digs (1.18/game) and 112 blocks (1.02/game)... Forty-two aces tied for the fourth most in school history... Ranked in the top five in junior season records at LBSU in kills (3rd), total attempts (3rd), aces (1st) and service ace average (3rd). 2008 – Named a second-team AVCA All-American and second-team All-MPSF... Appeared in 104 games, averaging 4.84 kills and 1.09 blocks per game... 503 total kills were second most on the team... Second on the team in average digs per game (1.11)...  Second on the team with 34 service aces... Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week twice... Hit double-figure in kills in 27 of 29 matches. 2007 – Appeared in 99 games on the year, averaging 2.65 kills and 0.99 blocks per game... 262 total kills were second-most of the squad... Hit .260 on the year... Fourth on the team with 13 service aces... Second on the team with 98 total blocks, and his 90 block assists led the squad... Switched from middle blocker to opposite mid-way through the season ... Hit double-figures in kills 12 times. 2006 – Redshirted for the 49ers.

Updated Nov. 18, 2010

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