2 Mari Bell
2 Mari Bell
Birth Date: 10/06/1982
Height: 5-9
Year: Senior
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
High School: Notre Dame Academy
Position: Setter
In her first season as the Gauchos' starting setter, posted the school's four best single-match assists totals during the rally scoring era...66 helpers in Dec. 5 NCAA Tournament loss were a rally-scoring school record...A pair of 63-assist efforts, including one during a four-game victory over American on Sept. 12 that helped her earn a spot on the Arizona Invitational All-Tournament Team...Double-doubles on 12 different occasions, 10 via assists and digs and two via assists and kills...Named UCSB's only Big West Player of the Week in 2003 on Nov. 3 after averaging 13.86 assists per game in back-to-back home victories over Cal State Northridge and Pacific...Matched career high of 15 digs in NCAA tourney first round...In come-from-behind victory at UOP (10-2), amassed personal-best kill total of 12 while dishing off 57 helpers...Hit a combined .591 with 13 put-aways and zero errors on 22 swings during consecutive victories in the Thunderdome over rival Long Beach State and UC Irvine...Ranked seventh among all Big West setters with 12.38 assists per game.

Back-up setter with 94 assists on the season, double her freshman year total...After Brooke Niles suffered an ankle injury against then-No. 22 Pacific on Sept. 21, stepped in and dished off season-high 19 assists to go along with career-best three kills as UCSB swept the Tigers...16 helpers in game-three relief effort at UC Riverside (Oct. 19)...Part of a three-match stretch in which she recorded double-digit assists, playing in only one game each contest.

Appeared in 17 matches as a rookie as a reserve setter and serving specialist...One start came against Creighton in the Santa Clara Invitational, where she recorded a season-high 29 assists...Also had a personal best six digs and two aces against the Bluejays...Eight-assist, two-kill, three-dig performance vs. defending national champion Nebraska...Dug five balls during five-game thriller at No. 2 Long Beach State...Only committed one error on 11 total swings for the season.

High School
Mari Bell came to UCSB from Notre Dame Academy where she played for head coach Tom Brenner...Earned CIF Division III MVP acclaim as a senior while leading the Regals to a state title in 2000...Two-time Sunshine League Most Valuable Player and first team all-league choice...Recognized as a First Team All-CIF and First Team All-State selection...Also competed in Irish Dance competitions for Notre Dame as a prepster.

Marisa Lauren Bell was born on October 6, 1982 in Santa Monica, CA...Majoring in sociology...Enjoys reading Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Dreams"...Fan of the Los Angeles Lakers...Played for Asics Volleyball Club and coach Nestor Rodriquez...Academically Bell was an honor roll member all four years in high school...Her brother (Justin, 26) is a graduate of Cal...Daughter of Tom and Barbara Bell.

Career Highs
Kills:12 at Pacific (10-2-03)
Digs:15 on three occasions, most recently
Vs. Northern Iowa (12-5-03)
Aces:3 vs. Long Beach State (11-14-03)
Asst:66 vs. Northern Iowa (12-5-03)
BS:1 on nine occasions, most recently
Vs. Arizona (11-29-03)
BA:4 at Utah State (11-8-03)
4 vs. Utah State (10-10-03)