Liz Spear (3rd yr, middle, 6’2”, Math) - Instant Impact

Liz Spear, a 6’2” middle blocker/right side hitter, returned to her Langley roots this year after playing for two years at NCAA Division I Washington State University. Considered one of the top middle blockers in Canada when she graduated from high school, Spear signed with the Cougars and averaged 1.23 kills, 0.61 blocks, and 0.35 service aces in her time there. She came to TWU having played at the highest levels throughout her career: as a member of the Team BC Juveniles, captain of the Fraser Valley Volleyball Club Juveniles, and a member of the Canadian Junior National Team that placed fifth at the 2001-02 NORCECA Championships. The opportunities continued as she traveled to Edmonton in July along with TWU teammates Rhonda Schmuland, Anna Paddock, and Julie Blackburn to challenge for positions on the FISU Games team that competed in the World University Games in Turkey in August. Because of the transfer rule she was not eligible to compete for the Spartans until November 20th, 2005, but was allowed to practice with the team.

Spear made her debut in Spartan Blue and Gold on the road at Winnipeg on December 2nd and 3rd, recording a quiet 5 kills, 1 ace and 1 block in the first match before finding her groove in the second to fill the stat sheet with 16 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, and 1 block. Her league match debut at home was no less impressive, helping the Spartans to achieve one of the biggest wins in their history: a 3-2 defeat of then-#2-ranked Alberta in which Spear tallied 16 kills (at 39.3%), 1 ace, 4 digs, and 1 block. In her 42 games played, Spear is averaging 2.83 kills (a team high and 6th in Canada West), 38.5% hitting (2nd on the team and in CW), and 1.00 blocks (2nd on the team and 6th in CW); in short, having a significant impact in the Spartans’ continued success in the second half of the regular season and onward as they begin their second consecutive postseason appearance.

Spear’s career highs in a Spartan uniform include:
-50.0% hitting (12 kills & 3 errors on 18 attacks) vs. #2 UBC on Feb. 3, 2006
-16 kills (16 kills & 5 errors on 28 attacks) vs. then-#2 Alberta on Jan. 6, 2006
-8 blocks (1 solo, 7 assists) vs. then-#2 Alberta Jan. 7, 2006
-4 digs vs. #2 Alberta on Jan. 6, 2006 and vs. Thompson Rivers on Jan. 14, 2006

Why did you choose TWU?
It just seemed to fit. It’s close to home and the coaches and players are great, it’s a good school, it just felt right.
 
What are your athletic goals at TWU?
I want to set records and win gold.
  
What is your career ambition?
High school Math and PE teacher; although I’m thinking about switching to elementary ed.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life, and why?
My momma is my biggest influence. Why? I don’t know, but she’s had a huge impact on my life. MY MOMMA ROCKS!
 
What advice would you give to youngsters?
Enjoy it while it lasts.
 
What was the greatest moment in your life? 
Making the national team was pretty cool.
 
Who are the top 5 people you would like to meet?
Steven Tyler, Wayne Gretzky, Norm MacDonald, Billy Joe Armstrong, Gwen Stefani

Last Updated: 2008-01-10
Author: Scott Stewart

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