22 - Blaine Nielsen
Blaine Nielsen
Birth Date: 09/26/1989
Height: 6-5
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Corona del Mar, Calif.
High School: Corona del Mar
Position: Outside Hitter

UC SANTA BARBARA
2009: Played 31 sets in eleven matches during his first active season ... Recorded 53 kills, eight assists, six aces, and 19 blocks ... Set career highs in blocks (8), kills (11) and points (15.0) versus UC San Diego on 2/6.

2008: Redshirt.

CLUB
Played for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club and head coach Travis Turner ... Team won Junior Olympic bronze medals in 2005, 2006, and 2007 ... Captained the team each year he played.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2007 graduate of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. ... Played outside hitter under head coach Steve Conti ... Named First Team All-CIF and First Team All-Pacific Coast League in 2006 and 2007 ... Captained the Sea Kings in 2006 and 2007 ... Corona del Mar won CIF titles in 2005 and 2007 ... Team won PCL championships all four years he played ... Also played baseball and was a member of the undefeated crew team at CDM.

PERSONAL
Born Sept. 26, 1989 in Corona del Mar, Calif. ... Parents are Carol and Dave ... Has an older sister, Britta, and a younger brother, Weston, who will be a freshman for the Gauchos in 2011 ... Has not declared a major at UCSB ... Roots for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ... Tennis great Roger Federer is his favorite athlete ... Psych is his top watch on TV, while The Giving Tree is high on his reading list ... Jams to The Who ... Enjoys visiting Costa Rica ... Film Studies 54 is one of his favorite UCSB classes ... Hobbies include playing guitar, baseball, music and surfing ... Also recruited by Long Beach State and USC ... Lists his dog as his most favorite possession.

 

Career-Highs
Kills 12 at BYU 3/26/10
Attack % .750 at Harvard 2/25/10
Assists 1 multiple times -
Aces 3 multiple times -
Digs 15 vs. Pacific 4/2/10
Blocks 8 vs. UC San Diego 2/6/09
Points 15.0 vs. UC San Diego 2/6/09
Career Statistics
Season SP MP MS K E TA Pct. Ast. SA Digs BS BA TB Points
2009 31 11 4 53 35 138 .130 8 6 24 1 18 19 69.0
2010 58 22 8 107 50 235 .243 5 11 77 0 15 15 125.5
Totals 89 33 12 160 85 373 .201 13 17 101 1 33 34 194.5