FRITZ ON FAAALO: "Faaalo is a very well-rounded volleyball player. She can play many positions and she's strong. She has also some natural leadership qualities."
AS A FRESHMAN (2002): Will be able to practice, but cannot participate in any regular-season matches due to the NCAA partial qualifier rule.
At DAVID STARR JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL (1998-2002) Letterwinner in volleyball three years at David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach, Calif. ... Three-year starter... Earned all-league accolades as a junior and senior... Twice named an honorable mention all-city selection... Elected twice as team most valuable player... Coached her high school junior varsity squad... Member of the Amazon Club based out of Long Beach, where she was coached by two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Misty May... Also lettered two years in basketball... Named the team's most improved, most athletic, best defender and most spirited... Coached in volleyball by Teila Robertson.
PERSONAL: Faaalo Raquel Taumanupepe was born Nov. 15, 1984, in American Samoa ... The daughter of Toga Taumanupepe and Talalelei Taumanupepe... The second youngest of three children... Has two sisters, Liz, 19, and Tallaveave (Rochelle) Onosai, 12 and a brother, Christopher, 10... Is undecided on a major.