Michelle Kandell
Michelle  Kandell

Manhattan Beach, Calif.

High School:
Mira Costa


Libero/Defensive Specialist

General: Georgia Tech's most experienced returnee on the back row and one of the top liberos in the Atlantic Coast Conference ... Has excellent passing skills ... Entering her second season as the starting libero for the Yellow Jackets.

Set the school record for digs in a season in 2008 when she tallied 628 to break Marisa Aston's record of 522, set in 2004 ... Stands fifth in school history with an average of 3.00 digs per game ... Passed the 1,000 mark for career digs in the last match of the 2007 season.

2007: Shattered the school record by posting 628 digs on the season ... Led the team with 4.87 digs per game and was third with 0.27 service aces per game ... Averaged 5.03 digs per Atlantic Coast Conference match ... Played some of her best volleyball on the road, averaging 5.14 digs away from O'Keefe Gym ... Second on the team with 35 service aces on the year ... Notched at least 20 digs 16 times during the season and eclipsed the 30-dig mark twice ... Recorded double figures in digs 30 times ... Posted three service aces in a match five times during the season ... Tallied a career-high 32 digs in a five-game match at Virginia (11/4) ... Posted 30 digs in the season finale at Maryland (11/23) ... Had 28 digs at Michigan (9/15) and vs. Virginia (9/28) at home ... Had at least 20 digs in each of the Jackets' last three matches and in seven of the last 10.

2006: One of three Yellow Jackets to play in every game during the season ... Finished third on the team with 2.24 digs per game while concluding the season with 285 total digs ... Also recorded 19 service aces on the year ... Surpassed her digs total from her freshman year in just the 12th match of the season ... Posted double figures in digs on 12 occasions ... Recorded 10 digs against Mississippi State in the first match of the season (9/1) and had 12 digs against Toledo (9/8) the following weekend ... Had 13 digs in Tech's four-game match at Duke (9/23) and posted 11 digs against Maryland (10/6), Virginia Tech (10/20) and Virginia Tech (10/21) ... Recorded a career-high 15 digs against Florida State (9/29) ... Had at least one service ace in four of the first five matches of the season and posted at least two service aces in three of those five matches ... Posted 14 digs on two occasions during the year, first at Clemson (10/17) and then again at home in a Georgia Tech win over No. 25 Duke (10/27) ... Had a 13-dig performance at North Carolina ... Recorded a season-high three service aces against Northern Iowa in the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic.

2005: Played in 78 games on the year ... Posted a season-high 10 digs in the Yellow Jackets' win over Long Island ... Finished the year sixth on the team with 89 digs and an average of 1.14 digs per game in her first season on the Flats ... Recorded kills out of the back row in two matches ... Tallied five or more digs in seven matches during the year ... Also posted two assists against George Washington (9/9) and Maryland (10/7) ... Notched the first service ace of her career at Miami (10/2).

High School/Club: Three-year letterwinner at Mira Costa High School as a defensive specialist ... Captain of the 2004 Mira Costa squad that earned the California Interscholastic Federation Division I title and state championship ... Helped her 2004 team to a No. 2 final ranking by Prepvolleyball.com ... Named the Bay League Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-Area by The Daily Breeze in 2004 ... Also helped Mira Coast to the C.I.F. Division II Southern Section Championship in 2003 ... Was a member of the Mira Costa soccer team her freshman year, playing middle back ... Helped her AAU beach volleyball team to a fourth-place finish in the AAU Junior National Beach Volleyball Championship in 2002 ... Also a standout in the classroom, as the was a Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2002 and 2003 and a member of the Honor Roll from 2002-04.

Was a member of the prestigious Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club during high school, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Prepvolleyball.com in April, 2005 ... Led her squad to a third-place finish in the Junior Olympic 18 Open Division in 2005 ... Also helped Mizuno to a bronze medal at the 2004 Junior Olympics in the 17 Open Division while earning All-America honors ... Member of the 2004 U.S. Women's Junior National Team after attending the USA Volleyball High Performance Camp in 2003 ... A second-team Defensive Dandy and part of a recruiting class that earned a No. 8 national ranking, according the Prepvolleyball.com.

Personal: Michelle Susan Kandell is the daughter of Michael and Linda Kandell ... Nickname is "Meesh" ... Born August 17, 1987 ... Has one older brother, Jeff ... Majoring in management at Georgia Tech ... Enjoys shopping, dancing, spending time with friends and going to the beach.

Michelle Kandell's Overall Statistics
2005	78-26	2	0.03	.400	6	0.08	1	0.01	89	1.14	0	0	0	0.00
2006	127-32	3	0.02	.056	13	0.10	19	0.15	285	2.24	0	0	0	0.00
2007	129-32	3	0.02	.000	41	0.32	35	0.27	628	4.87	0	0	0	0.00
TOTAL	334-90	8	0.02	.064	60	0.18	55	0.16	1002	3.00	0	0	0	0.00