Danielle Scott

Olympian 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012

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Athlete Bio




Baton Rouge, LA


Long Beach State

  • 1996 Olympics
  • 2000 Olympics
  • 2004 Olympics
  • 2008 Olympics - Silver
  • 2012 Olympics - Silver
  • 2002 FIVB World Championship - Silver
  • 2006 FIVB World Championship

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 - USA Volleyball Cup. 2012 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)…Olympic Games (Silver). 2011 - FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth)…FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)...NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2008 - U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball versus Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place)...Olympic Games (Silver Medal). 2007 – Pan American Games (Bronze Medal)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Eighth Place)…NORCECA Championship (Silver Medal)…FIVB World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2006 – World Grand Prix (Seventh Place)…World Championships (Ninth Place). 2005 – Front Range Tour vs. Brazil…Montreux Volley Masters…FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)…NORCECA Championships (Gold Medal)…World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal). 2004 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)…Olympic Games. 2003 – Montreux Volley Masters…Russia Tournament…Pan American Cup (Gold Medal)…World Grand Prix (Bronze Medal)… NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)…Texas Tour…World Cup (Bronze Medal). 2002 – Utah Tour vs. Italy…World Grand Prix (sixth place)…Italy Tour…World Championships (Silver Medal). 2001 – World Championships Qualifying (first place)…World Grand Prix (first place)…NORCECA (first place)…World Grand Champions Cup. 2000 – BCV Volley Masters...Brazil Trip...Grand Prix...NIKE Americas' Volleyball Challenge...Olympic Games (fourth place). 1999 – Brazil Tour…Pan American Games…NORCECA Championship...World Cup. 1996 – Grand Prix…Olympics. 1995 – Canada Cup…Grand Prix…Pan American Games…World Cup. 1994 – Goodwill Games…Grand Prix…World Championships.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Played in three sets during USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan, registering three kills and three blocks for a 2.0 points per set average to go with three digs. 2012 – Started eight of 14 FIVB World Grand Prix matches in helping the team win its third straight gold medal in the event…Averaged 2.50 points, 1.08 blocks and 1.35 kills per set at the World Grand Prix while producing a 50.7 kill percent and .362 hitting efficiency…Tallied seven five blocks as part of 13-point effort against China to clinch the World Grand Prix gold medal…At the age of 39, helped the U.S. capture the Olympic Games silver medal with a 7-1 record…Converted 10 of 14 attacks into points along with three blocks for 13 points in six sets at the Olympic Games…Charted seven points off the bench against China, including five kills on six attempts on Aug. 1…Finished 2012 season with a .388 hitting efficiency and 52.9 kill percent…Averaged 2.39 points, 0.91 blocks, 1.32 kills and 0.74 digs in 2012. 2011 – After missing all of 2010 season to give birth to her first child, played 21 sets with two matches starts at the FIVB World Cup helping the U.S. to a silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification…Scored nine points off the bench against No. 1 Brazil in the World Cup opener, including seven kills on 15 errorless attacks with two blocks…Converted 51.9 percent of attacks at World Cup with a .500 hitting efficiency (27-1-52)…Averaged 1.62 points at World Cup. 2009 – Played in 48 sets in limited action, compiling 2.23 points per set with 0.73 blocks per set and a 44.9 kill percent…Scored 59 points in seven matches (started six matches) at the Pan American Cup, including 22 blocks as part of a 1.00 average to earn the Best Blocker of the Tournament…Hit at a .342 efficiency at the Pan American Cup and converted 46.6 percent of attacks into kills…Started all three matches of the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G third-round competition in Orlando, averaging 2.29 points in seven sets played…Helped U.S. qualify for the 2010 FIVB World Championship in the NORCECA Pool G event by converting eight of 11 attacks into kills…Averaged 1.68 points per set during NORCECA Continental Championship in five starts and 19 sets played…Totaled 11 points with a .444 hitting efficiency against Dominican Republic on Sept. 26. 2008 - Played and started 12 of 15 possible sets in three-match series versus Brazil June 11-14...Averaged 2.58 points per set, including 0.83 blocks and 0.25 aces per set...Attacked at a .400 efficiency (kills minus errors divided by attacks) with 18 kills on 35 swings versus Brazil...Over 46 sets at the FIVB World Grand Prix, averaged 3.13 points, 2.30 kills, 0.76 blocks and 0.07 aces per set...Converted 60.2 percent of her attacks into kills at World Grand Prix, including a .545 hitting efficiency, but did not qualify for the Best Spiker award in the Final Round due to minimum attempts...Scored 58 points in the World Grand Prix Final round, including 22 points versus Japan on July 10...Ranked ninth in blocking during the Final Round...Compiled 85 points in eight Olympic Games matches helping Team USA to silver medal, its first medal since 1992...Averaged 2.83 points, 2.17 kills, 0.57 blocks and 0.10 aces per set while compiling a kill percent of 0.54 and kill efficiency of .438...Totaled 22 points in Olympic Games opener against Japan on Aug. 9...Added 19 points versus host China on Aug. 15, followed by a 17-point performance with 15 kills on 20 attacks against Italy in the quarterfinal round on Aug. 19.   2007 - Flag bearer for the U.S. delegation at the Pan American Games…Averaged 3.38 points and 1.00 digs per set at Pan American Games while attacking at a .342 clip…Started all 36 sets for Team USA at FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 2.89 points, 2.11 kills and 0.69 blocks…Attacked at a .381 mark during the World Grand Prix on 155 swings…Averaged 3.31 points per set at the NORCECA Championship while attacking at a .453 percentage…Turned in 2.25 kills, 0.88 blocks and 0.19 aces per set at NORCECA Championship…Moved to outside hitter for the NORCECA gold medal match and provided 14 kills on 32 swings, three blocks and an ace…Started 35 of 41 possible sets at FIVB World Cup while averaging 3.14 points, 2.11 kills, 0.89 blocks and 0.14 aces per set…At the World Cup, ranked third in Best Blocker and 25th in Best Scorer…Provided a USA team-high .464 attack percentage during the World Cup on 140 attacks…Reached double-figure scoring in eight of 11 matches at the World Cup, including 17 points in a sweep of Korea…Credited with four or more blocks in 11 of the World Cup matches, including six versus Thailand on Nov. 10. 2006 – Averaged 2.64 points per set in nine World Grand Prix matches, despite starting just four matches…Turned in five double-digit point performances in the Grand Prix, including 16 points in a three-set victory over Thailand on Sept. 1…Tallied 11 kills and four blocks for 15 points against China on Aug. 25…Compiled a .579 attack percentage for the World Grand Prix…Produced a .764 hitting percentage with 13 kills against Thailand on Sept. 1, followed by a .714 attack percentage with 10 kills on 14 swings against Russia on Sept. 3…Averaged 2.91 points, 2.31 kills, 0.51 blocks and 0.09 aces per set during 35 sets of action at the World Championships…Attacked at a .417 percentage during the World Championships. Produced 17 points against Netherlands on Nov. 1 and 16 points versus Turkey on Nov. 16 in the ninth-place match. 2005 – Danielle played a key role as the USA Women captured the silver medal at the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan in November…The United States finished the tournament with a record of 4-1 as it earned wins over Korea, 2004 Olympic gold medalist China, Poland and Japan along the way…She finished second among all players in total blocks (17) and blocks per set (1.06)…Danielle scored a match-high-tying 21 points as Team USA upset Cuba in five sets to win its third-straight NORCECA Championship gold medal on Sept. 11…Blasted 15 kills with four blocks and two aces as the Americans finished the tournament with a record of 5-1…Plays professionally for Pallavolo Chieri in Italy. 2004 – Danielle, one of the best middle blockers in the world, made her third-straight Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece, as the USA Women finished tied for fifth overall after losing to Brazil in the tournament quarterfinals…Finished tied for first on the team in total blocks in Athens with 15 and tied for seventh among all players. 2003 – Helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2003 World Cup and a berth in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece…Finished first on the team and eighth among all players with 152 total points in 11 matches (110 kills, 40 blocks, 2 aces) as the United States went 8-3…On the season Scott played in 128 of a possible 163 sets and finished first on the team in blocks (89) and hitting percentage (.486)…Ranked second on the squad in total points (433) and points per set (3.38), third in total kills (326) and tied for fifth in service aces (18)…Named to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary Women’s 1978-2003 All-Era Team in May…Plays professionally for Pallavolo Chieri in Italy. 2002 – Won a silver medal at the 2002 Women’s Volleyball World Championships…Started all 11 matches at the World Championships and averaged 10.6 points per match…Captured Best Blocker honors at the World Championships after leading all players with 38 total stuffs…Played professionally for the Pioneer Red Wings in Japan’s V-League…Earned the league’s Best Blocker honor for the past season. 2001 – Named Most Valuable Player of the World Grand Prix after earning Best Scorer and Best Blocker awards…Played professionally for A.D.C. BCN in Brazil. 2000 – Finished the season as the team leader in kills (423), blocks (140) and hitting percentage (.347)…Earned the MVP honor at the NIKE Americas' Volleyball Challenge after posting 36 kills, 17 digs, 15 blocks and a .359 hitting percentage in 12 games played...Sparked the team to an Olympic berth with nine stuff blocks in the championship match against Canada...Led the team in kills (60) and blocks (15) at the BCV Volley Masters...Posted a career-high 10 blocks versus Brazil...Led the team with 18 kills and eight blocks in a four-set upset of Brazil...Led the team in kills (133), blocks (37) and hitting percentage (.332) at the Grand Prix…Led the team and the Olympic Games in blocking with 33 stuffs…Added 101 kills, 32 digs, five aces and a .343 hitting percentage. 1999 – Led the team in total kills (92) and blocks (17) en route to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games…Posted a season high 24 kills on the Brazil Tour…Helped the team qualify for the World Cup with 46 kills and 13 blocks at the NORCECA Championship...Her 39 blocks ranked among the top five at the World Cup...Also posted 97 kills and seven aces. 1996 – Earned the starting middle blocker position in the final two Olympic Games matches, leading the team in kills versus Germany for seventh place…Made international club debut with Gierri Pallavolo in Rome, Italy. 1995 – Helped Team USA claim the World Grand Prix title with victories over Cuba, Brazil and China. Saw extensive playing time off the bench. 1994 – Joined the team on a full-time basis in the summer of 1994, earning a spot on the roster for the Goodwill Games, Grand Prix and World Championships…Paced the team with 22 kills in a victory over Germany.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: A three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First-Team All-American…The all-time NCAA career hitting percentage leader (.421)…Posted 1,778 kills, 693 digs and 604 blocks in her career at Long Beach State. Also earned All-Big West honors in basketball, becoming the first Big West student-athlete to earn all-conference accolades in two sports in one season. 1993 – Led the 49ers to the NCAA Championships…AVCA and Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year…Honda Award recipient as nation’s best female volleyball player…AVCA All-Northwest Region and Big West Conference Player of the Year…Led the country in hitting percentage. 1992 – AVCA and Volleyball Monthly First-Team All-American…AVCA All-Northwest Region…Big West Conference Player of the Year...Helped the 49ers reach the national semifinals...Led the country in hitting percentage. 1991 – AVCA First-Team All-American. Asics/Volleyball Monthly Second-Team All-American…All-Northwest Region…First-Team All-Big West Conference…Helped the 49ers reach the NCAA Championship match.

PERSONAL: Parents are Charles Young and Vera Scott…Gave birth to daughter Julianne Arruda on April 17, 2010...She has one brother (Charles) and one sister (Stefanie)…Served as USA delegation flag bearer at 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil...Lists her mother and father as the people she admires most because they are “awesome role models”…Earned All-Big West honors in basketball at Long Beach State…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in libero studies/sociology from Long Beach State University in 1994…Lists "The Color Purple" as her favorite movie and the Los Angeles Lakers as her favorite sports teams... Began playing youth volleyball for Louisiana Juniors (Baton Rouge, La.) in 1988…Speaks fluent Portuguese and knows some Italian.

What makes volleyball my favorite sport? I love the sport of volleyball. I've played basketball, softball and track and field and volleyball is by far the ultimate team sport. I personally was shy and quiet when I started playing sports. It was hard for me to be the center of attention even as I excelled… I feel I was most able to blossom in volleyball because we depend on each other so much. It is a sport that requires skills in multiple areas of the game and combines power with finesse.

On court I'm known for my positive energy, smile and giving 100 percent.

My favorite city to play volleyball is wherever there is a full arena of enthusiastic, loud, cheering fans of volleyball, either for or against us.

My teammates call me Dani, D, Dan

"20 Questions with Danielle Scott"

What are the top songs in your iPod?
A play list called Gospel Mama... a selection of songs that I got off a cd from my mom including Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin

What kind of car do you drive?
Blue PT crusier when in Baton Rouge, Any rental car while in Colorado ranging from a Jeep to a Kia

What do you like to do in your spare time?
When on the road check my emails, talk on the phone, set up a date to meet with my husband via webcam, read. When home spend time with my family, check all the movies I've missed while on the road.

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Well initially I will be that career wife :-) But I also want to develop my foundation "Believer In You" which will promote Education, Arts and Sports...

Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Wade Washburn with Cajunland out of New Orleans

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
I'd just like to have a week's vacation! The place not so important as long as I am with my husband and/or family

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
USA or Brazil

What is your favorite room in your house and why?
The living room. It is very comfortable with a big screen tv. We often gather there and watch movies.

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
If I have to choose one something I'll say a car but I think I could adjust to not having luxury as long as I have essentials...If I HAD to.

What luxury item do you wish you could invent?
A way to get my hair braided quickly and pain free

Rank the following types of television programs in order you like best:
1. Crime Dramas, 2. Sit-coms, 3. Reality TV, 4. music television, 5. sports, 6. cable news. But I don't watch much TV.

What is your favorite television program?
Well when I am in the States I watch Young and the Restless...I even read the soap city online.

Who is the funniest player on the women’s national team?
There are a few Ogonna, Jen, and Ty

Who is the most under-rated player on the women’s national team?
Cassie Busse and Jane Collymore

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
I am a whatever I need to be person. If I have to awake early no problem, stay up late I'm the energizer bunny, but I like to take naps in the afternoon at least while I am practicing and competing

What is your pre-match ritual?
I like to listen to inspirational and praise music before I play. Eat some chocolate. Take an ouce of First Step for Energy, rub what I call my miracle cream Flexgen on my knees, tape up my finger and go

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
There a time for all of it. Introduce myself to the person next to me, read a bit or listen to music until I fall asleep, watch a movie...I tend not to work on my computer because of limited space (economy)

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
One of the best things is also the worst that is TRAVELING... It's great all the neat places we go to but sometimes our travel schedule can be hectic. And, wearing red, white and blue, representing my country.

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
I really like playing defense, I like when I am challenged to dig a hard driven ball then run down a tip.

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Basketball or long jump.

What is your favorite food?
My mom's roast, my sister's gumbo

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
Mike Anderson's a seafood restaurant in Louisiana...McDonald's when out of the country

What is your hometown best known for?
Blues, gators, swamps

How many different languages can you converse in?
Well, English is my first language, a little Italian, a little Portuguse, very little spanish, some phrases in Japanese, a few words in Chinese

What was your favorite subject in school?
English, Biology

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
Pay off the current house I am buying, buy a new one, donate to Believer In You...

If you would live as one other person (celebrity or not) for one day, who would it be?
I wouldn't change my life's experience...walking in someone elses shoes may not be what I expect

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To get from one place to the other with a wiggle of my nose, nod of my head and blink of my eyes, or teleport

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Oprah...she never has anyone but herself on the cover...that would be a great accomplishment

What is your favorite holiday?

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?
Summer, when I played in Brazil for four years, I didn't have winter because our seasons are opposite. It was perfect.

What is one off-the-court talent that you have?
Is pinching with one's toes a talent? I can also draw pretty decently, got that from my dad.

What are your most prized possessions?
My morals and values...my relationships with my family

What is your motto?
Whatever you do give 100%, find something positive in each situation, and smile through the difficult moments

What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?
American Idol

What is your pet peeve?
Bad table manners

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Cell phone when in the States, Phone, e-mail and Messenger chatting when out of the country

Posted and updated: July 19, 2013

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