Christa Harmotto Dietzen
- Fenerbahce SK
- Birth Date
- Birth Place
- 188 cm
- 79 kg
- Art, snowboarding
- Favorite Book
- Left Behind
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown/Residence: Hopewell Township, Pa.
Birth Date: Oct. 12, 1986
College/Major/Grad Year: Penn State/Elementary Education/NA
Joined Team: April 2009
2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, starting all eight matches with a 1.73 points per set average while converting 51.6 percent of attacks
Helped U.S. Women to gold medal finishes at the 2011 and 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix
Led Penn State to consecutive NCAA Division Women's Volleyball Championship titles in 2007 and 2008
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2014 - Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)
2013 - FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold).
2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Olympic Games (Silver).
2011 - Montreux Volley Masters (Fourth)...Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold).
2010 - Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)...Pan American Cup (Bronze).
2009 - Tour of Egypt...Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament - NORCECA Pool G (Gold)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)...Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)...NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth).
Did You Know
Started 10 matches in 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, compiling averages of 3.23 points, 1.31 blocks and 1.74 kills per set in helping U.S. earn the gold medal. In the process, her performance helped solidify her spot on the 2012 Olympic Games roster
Averaged 2.26 points per set in rookie season with Team USA in 2009, which included being named Best Blocker of 2009 Final Four Intercontinental Cup
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First Team selection in 2007 and 2008, second-team pick in 2006
Graduated from Penn State University with degree in elementary education after student teaching abroad at Yapton Elementary School in southern England senior year
Selected College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American of the Year as the top student-athlete in volleyball in 2008
Member of the 2004 U.S. Women's Junior National Team that won the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship in Winnipeg, Canada and was later selected to the 2005 U.S. Women's Junior National Team that competed in FIVB Women's U-20 World Championship in Turkey.
Named Pennsylvania Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2004
The Big Blurb
"With every mental setback there is a chance to learn and an opportunity to step out and figure out what tools you need to bounce back. Mistakes and setbacks are part of the game and part of the learning process. If we didn't have them, we would never grow and continue to push our threshold as an individual and as a team." Christa Harmotto in Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Take 5 segment (March 2014)