Hometown: Glencoe, Mo.
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-9 (206cm)
Weight:
223 lbs (101kg)
College: Ball State
Joined Team: May 1997

PERSONAL:  Born Phillip Daniel Eatherton on Jan. 2 1974 in Kirkwood, Mo. ... Son of Norman Jr. and Mary Eatherton... Has two sisters, Anita and Christine, and two brothers, Karl and Charles... Phil married Katarzyna Ligwinska-Eatherton in April 2007 in Poland... Phil's mother's uncle, Henry William "Heine" Meine, was a major-league pitcher in the '20s and '30s... Phil attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Mo.... Majored in marketing at Ball State University... Once appeared on "The Price is Right" television show and advanced to the "Showcase Showdown"... Almost quit volleyball in 2002 after being the last middle blocker cut from the team before the 2000 Olympics and after then-head coach Doug Beal told him he probably wouldn't make the 2004 team... Stayed with the sport by playing in Europe, then played his way onto the team in 2004...In 2004, Phil received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, which is given for distinguished service to the state of Indiana and is the highest civilian honor that the governor bestows... Phil was inducted into the Ball State Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2008... In January of 2009, Phil joined ACH Volley in Slovenia.

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 - America's Cup... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... Four Nations' Tournament (Gold Medal). 2007 - Americas' Cup (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Bronze Medal). 2006 - FIVB World Championships... FIVB World League... Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)... Argentina Tour. 2005 - Pacific Northwest Tour vs. Netherlands... USOC International Sports Invitational (Silver Medal)... Argentina Tour... America's Cup(Gold Medal)... FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal) ...NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)...World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal). 2004 - Houston Series... USA Global Challenge (First Place)...Serbia and Montenegro Tour (Second Place)... Olympic Games (Fourth Place).  2001 - World League.  2000 - Korea Tour... World League.  1999 - Pan American Games... NORCECA Zone Championships.  1998 - Canada Cup... Canada Tour... USA Champions Cup... NORCECA Zone World Championship Qualifier... World Championships. 1997 - France Tournament... NORCECA Zone Championships.   1995 - World University Games.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Phil served as team captain for the U.S. Men that played in the America's Cup in Brazil. The group finished fifth. He played in 13 sets and scored 16 points... Phil was an alternate for the Olympic team... Played in two World League pool play matches in Bulgaria and scored nine points... Helped the U.S. team win the gold medal at the Four Nations' Tournament in Leipzig, Germany and also played in an exhibition victory over Germany in Chemnitz. 2007 - Helped the U.S. Men win a bronze medal in World League and a gold medal at the Americas' Cup tournament in Brazil. 2006 - Was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the FIVB World Championships and the FIVB World League... Was with the U.S. team that captured the inaugural Pan American Cup with a 4-0 record...Helped the squad finish 4-1 on the Argentina tour. 2005 - Phil capped the 2005 season as a member of the USA squad that captured the silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan... The Americans, who lost to defending Olympic gold medalist Brazil in the first match of the tournament, lost just one set the rest of the way as they defeated Japan (3-1), 2004 Olympic silver medalist Italy (3-0), Egypt (3-0) and China (3-0) en route to their fifth medal in five events this season The USA Men stunned the world's best team when it defeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Brazil in five sets to win the America's Cup tournament in Brazil on Aug. 7... Earned a gold medal as Team USA won its second-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a four-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 15... The USA Men qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the win... Also earned a gold medal in August at the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament as the USA Men qualified for the 2006 World Championships.  2004 - Phil made his first-ever Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece... Scored a season-high 16 points (12 kills, two blocks, two aces) in a five-set win over Argentina at the USA Global Challenge on July 4.  2000 - Recorded 17 kills and 10 blocks on the Korea Tour, including a career-high six stuffs on April 19.  1998 - Posted 16 or more matches with 10 or more kills... Played well at the Canada Cup by posting three matches of double-figure kills and an overall attack percentage of .580... Saw action in all three matches of the Canada Tour and hit at a .658 clip... Tallied a career-high .833 hitting percentage against Germany... Had 18 kills with no errors against eventual champion Italy at the World Championships.  1997 - Registered double-figure kills in three consecutive matches on the trip to France.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:  Ended his career at Ball State as the Cardinals' all-time leader in total blocks (575), block assists (477) and hitting percentage (.422)... Also finished fourth in kills (1,374), games played (401) and matches with 10 or more kills (72).  1997 - Honorable Mention Asics/Volleyball All-American...First-Team All-Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA)... Helped the Cardinals reach the NCAA Championships after claiming the MIVA title...Set a school record and ranked sixth in the country with a .443 hitting percentage...Ranked No. 12 nationally with a 1.60 blocks-per-game average... Posted 10 or more kills in 23 matches.  1996 - Honorable Mention All-MIVA...AVCA National Player of the Week... Named to the Hall of Fame Classic, Outrigger Hotels Invitational and MIVA all-tournament teams... Hit .400 or better in 20 matches... Set a University Arena record with 12 block assists and 14 total blocks against Penn State... Posted 404 kills, 173 blocks, 131 digs and 14 aces on the year.  1995 - Second-Team All-MIVA... Ranked third in the league and No. 12 nationally with a .433 hitting percentage... Helped the Cardinals finish third at the NCAA Championships with an upset of No. 2 Hawai'i... Posted 17 kills, eight digs, six blocks and a .625 hitting percentage in the third-place match.  1994 - Played in 30-of-38 matches as a freshman, posting 137 kills, 79 blocks, 69 digs and a .374 hitting percentage.