Cooper's Career Bests
Key contributor over the past three years returns for her second season as a starting middle blocker in 2005 ... was a top front-line reserve for the Irish before taking over as a starter a month into the '04 season ... versatile player who also has seen action at opposite ... has helped Irish to 17-2 record in matches that she has started (ND was 5-7 with her coming off the bench in '04) ... provided immediate boost to Irish block last season, as Notre Dame - which finished fourth in Division I (3.37 per game) - averaged 3.80 per game with her as a starter (2.86 with her coming off the bench) ... averaged 1.38 blocks per game as a starter and ranked eighth in the BIG EAST in blocking in league matches (1.28) ... has helped Notre Dame be ranked first in the conference and among the top four blocking teams in Division I in each of the last three seasons (2nd in '02, 1st in '03, 4th in '04) ... could be a key to the effectiveness of Notre Dame's offensive attack and blocking scheme ... improved offensively as she saw more time on the court in '04 ... has good lateral mobility ... from same area in Texas as former Irish stars Tracey Shelton (1988-90) and Malinda Goralski (1998-2001) ... wears same #9 jersey sported by such Notre Dame standouts as Mary Kay Waller (1986-88), Alicia Turner (1989-92), Jennifer Rouse (1993-96), and Jo Jameyson (1997-2000) ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Moved into starting lineup at middle blocker on Oct. 2 after being a key reserve prior to that and saw Notre Dame go 16-2 with her starting ... provided a boost to Irish blocking, as team averaged 3.80 per game and she contributed 1.40 as a starter (after ND averaged 2.86 in first 10 matches) ... in 18 matches as a starter (64 games), averaged 1.94 kills on .271 hitting for 2.80 points ... played in all but one match (at Michigan) and 94 total games, though she entered for only a single point at times early in the year ... registered seven or more kills in eight of the final 11 matches after having done that just twice previously in her career ... notched four or more blocks in 14 of 20 matches after becoming a starter ... turned in top offensive performance of career against West Virginia, leading team with career-high 14 kills on team-best .455 hitting to go with seven blocks for match-high 18.5 points ... posted career-high 10 blocks (including three solo) against Illinois State after having seven against Syracuse in first start of season and second of career ... also had 10 points and season-high three digs against the Redbirds ... notched five kills on .333 hitting at Rutgers ... registered five kills and team-high five blocks vs. Seton Hall ... key contributor in Notre Dame's 3-0 upset at #14 Utah, ending with seven kills on .353 hitting to go with six blocks ... did not start at BYU, as Irish opened with her position in the back row ... posted eight kills on .429 hitting to go with four blocks for 10.5 points at Georgetown ... registered seven kills on .316 hitting vs. Connecticut ... posted 11 kills on 21 swings for career-high .524 hitting mark against Boston College in the BIG EAST semifinals ... had season-best four digs against Pittsburgh in title match ... was a key in Notre Dame's first-ever win against Long Beach State, cranking 12 kills without an error on .462 hitting to go with a team-best eight blocks for 16.5 points ... finished Baden Thanksgiving Tournament averaging 2.12 kills on .417 hitting to go with 1.50 blocks for 2.94 points ... registered nine kills and four blocks in the opening round of the NCAA tournament against Valparaiso ... played nearly the entire match off the bench against Sacramento State, ending up with three kills, one dig, one block, and an assist ... also saw extensive action as a reserve against South Carolina in the final of the Gamecock Invitational, ending up with three kills and a block ... her blocking was often indicative of Irish fortunes, as she averaged 1.26 blocks per game in Notre Dame victories and 0.62 in defeats ... hit .409 against teams on the AVCA's official list of "nationally-ranked" teams and .327 in regular-season tournaments ... in three matches (all wins) against Big West teams, she averaged 2.00 kills per game on .395 hitting to go with 1.44 blocks ... averaged 1.70 blocks per game against the Missouri Valley.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw expanded action as a semi-regular reserve in the middle in 2003 ... played at middle blocker in 22 matches, including 19 of the final 21 ... part of Notre Dame front line that led the nation in blocking (3.72) and set school record for block average for second straight season ... made her first career start vs. Houston in the Longhorn Classic, playing in her home state for the first time as a collegiate player ... registered career-high six kills vs. Valparaiso ... had four blocks vs. Villanova ... led team with season-high six blocks at West Virginia ... also had four digs vs. Mountaineers, matching her cumulative total from the first 24 matches, and added three kills ... notched .357 attack percentage during Notre Dame's 8-0 month of October ... registered .375 hitting mark against teams that finished in the top 100 of the RPI.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw limited action during the 2002 season ... appeared in 11 matches and 17 games ... made her first career appearance against Saint Louis in the Loyola Marymount Classic ... recorded the first two kills of her career at Valparaiso ... displayed her potential with a season-best nine blocks and four kills vs. Loyola College ... ended up with 16 blocks in 17 games played.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-sport standout at Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas ... earned four letters in volleyball and three in track and field ... dominated during her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons in volleyball, serving as team captain and earning MVP, all-conference, all-city, and all-state honors ... appeared in her conference's senior all-star game in 2002 ... trained with the U.S. youth national team in the summer of 2000 and traveled with the junior national team to Monterey, Mexico, in the summer of 2001 ... competed in the 4x200, 4x400, high jump, and 300-meter hurdles on the track and field team ... both relay teams established school records, while her personal-best 5-4 clearance in the high jump also was a school mark ... earned all-conference, all-city, and all-state honors in track ... served as track team captain in 2001 ... active in extracurricular activities, including the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Peer Ministry ... also was an all-state selection in choir and art ... listed among "Who's Who in High School Students" ... younger sister Kimberley is a junior middle blocker for The Citadel ... daughter of Cecilia and Gerald Cooper ... born March 16, 1984, in Houston, Texas ... the team's representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, serving as its secretary in 2004-05 ... tabbed a BIG EAST Conference Academic All-Star in 2004-05 ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing and psychology double major.
Cooper's Career Bests