Name: Jennifer Tamas
Position: Middle
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-4
Birthplace: Milipitas
Hometown: Milpitas, Calif.
College: Pacific
Olympic Experience
  • 2008 Olympic Games (Silver)
World Championship Experience
  • 2010 FIVB World Championship
  • 2006 FIVB World Championship

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold). 2011 – Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold Medal)...Tour of Brazil...FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)...Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 2007 – Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)…World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)...FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2006 - Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)... World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Pan American Cup…World Grand Prix…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (gold medal)…NORCECA Continental Championships (gold medal)…World Grand Champions Cup. 2003 – Pan American Games (Bronze Medal). 2002 – Pan American Cup (training team).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started five of seven matches and played in 23 sets at the Pan American Cup, helping the U.S. win the gold medal for the first time since 2003…Averaged 2.39 points per set with a .392 hitting efficiency via 1.52 kills per set…Contributed a 0.78 block average, including six blocks in the title match against Brazil. 2011 – Started all five matches of the Montreux Volley Masters, compiling 2.14 points and 0.64 digs per set with a .446 hitting efficiency…Scored 10 or more points in last four matches of the Montreux Volley Masters…Converted 11 of 15 attacks versus Germany on June 9…Started all eight matches of the Pan American Cup, averaging 2.19 points, 0.48 blocks and 0.41 digs per set…Held a .467 hitting efficiency during Pan Am Cup with 54.7 kill percent…Converted 70 percent (7-10) attacks for kills versus Cuba in bronze-medal match as part of .500 hitting efficiency and 10-point performance with three blocks…Played in seven sets with one start while serving as captain of squad that won the FIVB World Grand Prix…Scored seven points versus Peru in only start of the tournament, while adding five kills against Italy in the Final Round pool match on Aug. 25…Registered 3.00 points, 2.00 kills, 1.00 blocks and 1.50 digs per set in helping U.S. Women to the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship...Scored two kills on five attempts during FIVB World Cup victory over Kenya. 2010 – Served as captain of the U.S. team that won the silver medal at the Montreux Volley Masters…Averaged 2.59 points at the Montreux Volley Masters while starting four of the five matches and 17 of the 18 sets…Converted 56.4 percent of attacks with a .455 hitting efficiency during the Montreux Volley Masters, including a .688 hitting efficiency (12-1-16) versus Russia on June 11 leading to 16 points…Averaged 0.71 blocks during the Montreux event…Served as captain of the U.S. squad that won the FIVB World Grand Prix…Played in three sets during the World Grand Prix compiling two points versus Germany on Aug. 7 and three points versus Thailand on Aug. 14…Averaged 2.21 points per set and converted 51.2 percent of attacks while starting three of four matches on Tour of Brazil…Played in seven sets during the FIVB World Championship…Scored nine points with 7-of-11 errorless hitting in addition to two blocks in bronze medal match against Japan on Nov. 14…Scored five points in final set versus Brazil on Nov. 10, including 4-of-4 hitting. 2008 - Started versus Brazil on June and compiled six kills and match-high seven blocks in five-set victory...Started final two sets versus Brazil on June 14 and tallied three kills and three blocks...Averaged 2.71 points against Brazil, including 1.43 blocks and a .350 attack efficiency...Started eight of nine sets played in the opening preliminary weekend of the World Grand Prix...Averaged 3.11 points with 2.78 kills and 0.33 blocks per set...Compiled a .511 hitting efficiency on 45 swings and just two errors...Played a reserve role at the Olympic Games to assist the USA to a silver medal, its first medal-stand appearance since 1992...Contributed key points coming off the bench versus Venezuela on Aug. 13, which included four blocks and three kills in three sets...Added three kills and a block off the bench versus Poland on Aug. 17. Tallied six kills on 18 attacks during the Olympics to go with five blocks in six sets played (four started). 2007 – Averaged 2.40 points per set during Pan American Cup and only non-libero to play in all 25 sets…Produced 15 points, including international career-high five blocks, versus Dominican Republic on June 29…Started seven of nine matches at World Grand Prix, averaging 1.70 points per set…Attacked at a .411 clip during the World Grand Prix on 56 swings…Averaged 2.86 points per set mainly as a reserve at the NORCECA Championship…Charted 16 points with nine kills, four aces and three blocks versus Cuba in the NORCECA gold medal match on Sept. 22…Started 18 sets and three matches at the FIVB World Cup…Averaged 2.11 points, 1.47 kills and 0.58 blocks per set during the World Cup…Recorded a .386 attack percentage on 57 swings at the World Cup…Tallied a tournament-best 13 points versus Thailand on Nov. 10. 2006 – Averaged 3.33 points in 24 sets over seven matches of a tour of Italy March 22 to April 2 … Played one set versus Poland on May 26, recording one kill...Scored in every match of the Pan American Cup with 10 points against Venezuela and 13 points against Argentina...Scored 61 total points at Pan American Cup…Averaged 2.29 points per set during World Grand Prix, including 11-point matches against Dominican Republic on Aug. 16 and Brazil on Aug. 26. Produced four blocks in matches against Dominican Republic and Brazil…Played in 14 sets of the World Championships with eight individual set starts…Compiled 24 points on 18 kills and six blocks, including a personal tournament high 10 points coming off the bench against Kazakhstan on Oct. 31. 2005 – Selected as a member of the USA Women’s National Team that captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…Earned a gold medal as Team USA won its third-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a five-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 11…The USA Women 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 Women qualified for the 2006 World Championships. 2003 – Earned a bronze medal as a member of the USA Women’s Pan American Games Team in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

RECENT PRO: Played for Toyota Auto Body Company in Japan’s V-League in 2008…Played for Bigmat San Paolo Chieri of the Italian Serie A League in 2007. Produced a 2.10 points per set average and 52.6 kill efficiency for Chieri, which advanced to the league quarterfinals.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2003 – Capped her brilliant career by being selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First-Team All-American…Became the first four-time All-American in school history…Also captured Big West Conference Player of the Year honors…Named first-team All-Big West Conference for the fourth-straight season…Recorded a .340 hitting percentage with 5.63 kills, 2.09 digs and 1.20 blocks per game as a senior. 2002 – Earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Second-Team All-America honors for the second-straight year…Also earned first-team All-Big West Conference honors for the third-straight season…Averaged 4.99 kills and 1.32 blocks per game…Finishes her junior season third in the Pacific career record book in kills (1,501) and seventh in total blocks (486). 2001 – AVCA Second Team All-American…Third Team ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-American…Led the Tigers and Big West with 601 kills, 4.73 kills per game and a .313 hitting percentage…Big West All-Conference Team…AVCA All-West Team for second year. 2000 – AVCA Second Team All-American…Volleyball Magazine Honorable Mention All-American…AVCA All-West Team and District Freshman of the Year…Broke 15-year old record for single-season hitting percentage at .402…Named Big West Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big West…Named Big West Player of the Week twice (Oct. 9 and Nov. 20)…Had career-high 21 kills and nine digs against UCLA on Dec. 8.

PERSONAL: Parents are David and Jody Joines…Married Chris Tamas on Aug. 22, 2009…Has a younger brother, John…Majored in communications and business at Pacific…Enjoys music, singing and dance.

Posted and updated: Dec. 5, 2012