Tara Cains
    Tara Cains


    LaPorte, Ind.

    High School:
    LaPorte High


    Outside Hitter


    A talented, all-around player and right-side hitter with solid experience.

    2001: Started all 30 matches (one of two Salukis) and played in career-best 107 of 109 games ... finished second with a .235 hitting percentage and a career-high 239 kills (2.23 per game) ... hit season-high .500 vs Western Illinois (10/9), third-best on the team ... tied career-high with seven block block assists against Tenn.-Martin (9/25) ... led SIU in kills twice ... had a season-high 15 kills and 38 attempts vs Illinois State (9/29) ... had double figures in kills ten times, including a streak of five straight matches ... led SIU in digs twice and had double figure digs five times ... totaled four double-double kill-dig performances, including a season-best 13 kills and 14 digs vs Samford at the Evansville Invitational ... has ten career double-doubles ? finished with a career-high 72 block assists and 80 total blocks ... had five or more blocks four times ... added a career-high 183 digs (1.71 per game) and 23 aces ... finished second at SIU with a career-high 38 assists and third with a personal best 604 attempts ... hit .478 vs Samford (11/10), fifth-best performance at SIU ... hit .300 or better 11 times ... finished second in block assists (72) and third in blocks per game (.75) and total blocks (80) ... had season-high four assists twice ... added five aces vs Evansville (11/09) ... finished top five in every key statistic ... career active leader in assists and is second kills, digs, solo blocks, block assists, aces and hitting percentage.

    2000: Led the Salukis with a .250 hitting percentage ... played in all 30 matches and 94 of 102 games ... had a career-high 17 kills and .615 hitting percentage (17 kills, one error, 26 attmpts) with a season-high 13 digs against Austin Peay at the Conference Challenge (9/16) ... named to the Conference Challenge All-Tournament Team ... the .615 hitting display was the third best of the year ... added a .500 hitting performance (12 kills, no errors, 24 attempts) against Drake (10/6) ... is second among career active hitters at .213 and block assists with 112 ... had four kill-dig double-double outings and has six in her career ... had double figures in kills and digs seven times ... hit .400 or better four times with ten or more attempts ... led SIU in kills twice and digs five times ... had a career-high seven block assists against Wichita State (9/30) ... added five or more blocks six times ... had a career-high three aces against Maryland Baltimore-County (9/8) and two solo blocks against Syracuse (9/9) at the Orange Classic ... improved or tied season-best totals in every category ... was third in blocks (65), solo blocks (9), block assists (56), assist (37), kills (213) and kills per game (2.27) ... fourth in digs (169) and attempts (524) ... fifth in digs per game (1.80).

    1999: One of four freshmen to earn a spot in starting lineup ... appeared in 26 matches and 89 games ... opened up collegiate career with her first double-double performance including 10 kills and 11 digs against Iowa State (9/3) ... had five or more kills in 18 matches including a career-high 12 against Evansville (10/22) ... was the team's second best blocker with 59 blocks including 56 block assists ... ranked third in hitting percentage (.171) ... also finished second in assists (23) ... notched a career-high six blocks against Bradley (10/2) ... had six matches with four or more blocks.

    High School: Was a four-year letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and softball at LaPorte High School ... led team to a pair of sectional titles her final two years, losing in the regionals her senior year to Class 4A runner-up Mishawaka in volleyball ... named all-Duneland Conference selection as a senior ... helped LaPorte to a 67-9 record her final two years and a 110-12 record for four years ... played club ball for Dunes ... earned most improved player honors her senior year in volleyball and her last three in softball.

    Personal: Majoring in journalism ... aspires to work in advertising ... born October 20, 1980 in LaPorte, Ind. ... 2001 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention Team selection ... one of nine players honored at the Saluki Scholars Academic Banquet for a 3.50 GPA or better in the 2001 Fall or Spring semester ... has a 3.80 overall GPA ... has one brother, Ryan ... daughter of Lynn and Cindy Cains.

    Tara Cains Career Stats