Name: Carly Wopat
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Middle
Height: 6-2
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
College: Stanford University
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Most Notable

  • Selected AVCA All-America First Team in 2012 and 2013 and three-time Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team (2011-13) while playing at Stanford
  • One of four 2014 Honda Award finalists and Senior Class Award First Team in 2014
  • Led U.S. Women's Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2011 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship in Peru
  • Team captain of the 2009 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team that competed in the 2009 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship in Thailand

Major Competitions

  • 2016: Pan American Cup (Bronze)

Did You Know

  • Three-time AVCA All-America First-Team Selection while playing for Stanford
  • Finalist for the 2014 Honda Award for best collegiate volleyball player
  • Competed with U.S. Women's Junior National Team at the 2011 FIVB Women's Junior U20 World Championship in Peru as the team finished a program-best fourth place
  • Earned gold at the 2010 NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship
  • Team Captain of 2009 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team that competed at the 2009 FIVB Girls' Youth U18 World Championship in Thailand
  • Earned gold at the 2008 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship
  • Played club volleyball with Toray Arrows in 2016-17 club season
  • Graduated from Stanford University with degree in human biology in 2014
  • Helped Santa Barbara Volleyball Club to three USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships, finishing third in 2006 and fifth in 2007 and 2008.
  • Named 2009 PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American and Volleyball Magazine First-Team All-American
  • Hobbies and interests are hiking traveling, playing guitar, eating burritos, surfing, sand volleyball, writing poetry, photography, yoga
  • Father Ron placed 12th at the 1980 Olympic Trials in the decathlon and was one of eight members of the 1981 U.S. decathlon team
  • Mother Kathy competed in gymnastics and track and field at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Brother Eli is going to be a sophomore on the Stanford University men's volleyball team in 2017-18
  • Brother Jackson competed on the volleyball team at UC San Diego and Santa Barbara City College
  • Sister Samantha competed with her on Stanford women's volleyball team
  • Graduated from Stanford University with a human biology degree and plan on doing something in the medical field once done with volleyball
  • Took painting, film photography, sculpture, poetry and other courses while at Stanford and nearly minored in art
  • Mad a shark longboard from scrap (complete with teeth and all) and rode it around the Stanford campus
  • Self-taught herself to play the guitar
  • Loves nature activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, diving, surfing and snowboarding
  • Fluent in French and speaks bits of American Sign Language, Turkish and Japanese
  • Sucker for romance movies
  • Can walk on her hands
  • Mexican food is all-time favorite and coffee is a necessity

Path to the Podium

  • Began playing youth club volleyball in 2004 with Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 12s
  • Named 2009 prepvolleyball.com High School All-American to cap her career at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California
  • Led USA Select A1 to silver at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship in the Youth International Division
  • Led U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to gold at 2008 NORCECA U18 Continental Championship, then served as captain of the squad at the 2009 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship
  • Two-year member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, leading Team USA to gold at 2010 NORCECA U20 Continental Championship and fourth place at 2011 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship
  • Three-time AVCA First-Team All-American while playing at Stanford University
  • Made U.S. Women’s National Team debut in 2016 Pan American Cup

Interesting Facts About Carly Wopat

  • Her first word was "ball"
  • She can walk on her hands
  • Middle name Anelalani is Hawaiian
  • Split her chin open doing "the worm" on cement and told people it was from diving in volleyball practice

Favorites
Food: Burritos ... Book: Roots by Alex Haley ... Music: All ... Musical Group: Jack Johnson ... Favorite Movie: The Lion King ... Professional Team: USA Volleyball ... Athletes: Karch Kiraly, Muhammad Ali

Hobbies and Interests
Traveling, hiking, playing guitar, sand volleyball, yoga, surfing, any other sports, reading, good food, Game of Thrones

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Interesting Note

  • "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. We have a chicken coop in our backyard, and I have a chicken named Nugget that lays green eggs." - Carly Wopat

Last Updated: Oct. 10, 2017