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  Puneet Pataria

Puneet Pataria

Player Profile


San Jose, Calif.

High School:
Mt. Pleasant






Puneet Pataria appeared in 26 matches, earning 20 starts as a junior ... posted a career-best 104 kills while averaging 1.28 kills per set ... took a career-high 273 swings primarily from the middle blocker spot ... finished second to Lynda Morales in blocks with a career-high total of 70 (0.86 bps) which included eight solo stuffs ... also posted season career-highs of six aces (0.07) and 35 digs (0.43 dps) ... posted a Northridge season-best nine blocks in the Matadors' five-set win over Elon (Sept. 3) ... also had a career-high 13 kills while hitting .524 in the win ... followed up with 10 kills the next match while hitting .368 in CSUN's 3-1 win over UTSA (Sept. 4) ... had at least one block in 23 of the 26 matches in which she played ... served a career-high two aces against both Elon (Sept. 3) and Xavier (Sept. 18).

Pataria appeared 10 matches for the Matadors during her sophomore season ... earned five starts at the outside hitter spot ... had 37 kills (1.48 kps) in 145 attacks ... also added 16 digs (0.64 dps) and two aces (0.08 saps) on the season ... matched her career-high with 13 kills in 33 swings in the Matadors' five-set win over Long Beach State (Nov. 13) ... also three digs and three blocks in the win ... also reached double figures in kills with 10 to go with a career-high eight digs against CSU Bakersfield (Oct. 30) ... served one ace against both UC Davis (Oct. 24) and UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 3).

Appeared in 14 matches and 24 sets as a true freshman ... finished the season with 34 kills (1.42 kps), five digs (0.21 dps) and six blocks (0.25 bps) ... had her best match of the season when she pounded 13 kills in 43 swings (.209) to go with one dig and one block in the Matadors' five-set win over San Jose State (Sept. 6) ... had six kills and one error in nine attacks (.556) against Seattle (Aug. 30) and had five kills, two digs and one block at UC Davis (Nov. 15) ... tallied a season-high two blocks to go with four kills against CSU Bakersfield (Sept. 30).

Was a four-year letterwinner at middle blocker at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose, Calif. ... earned first team All-Blossom Valley Athletic League honors all four years as well as league MVP in 2008 ... also picked up honorable mention All-CCS honors in 2007-08 ... was named Senior of the Year in 2008, Junior of the Year in 2007 and Sophomore of the Year in 2006 ... was a San Jose Mercury News Athlete of the Week in 2007 ... graduated in 2008 with a 3.0 grade point average.

Born January 4, 1990 ... parents are Karen and Parvinder Pataria ... has one younger brother, Sinran ... favorites include the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, actor Will Smith, the TV shows "Family Guy" and Will & Grace" and the movie "Love & Basketball" ... says the best athlete she has ever played against was Hawai'i's Amber Kaufman ... listens to her iPod prior to a match ... says the best thing about being an athlete is "the adrenaline rush" ... major is Marketing.