Started 10 of the 23 matches in which she appeared...Came off the bench in game two vs. Winthrop and went on to record a career-best 16 kills and hit .344 in that match...Her previous high of 15 kills was set during her freshman season (1999) against Northern Arizona...With that performance, she moved into a starting role in SDSU's next two matches at the Black and Gold Challenge at Wake Forest, finishing the tournament with an average of 4.10 kpg, 1.60 dpg and 0.90 bpg...In the Tiger Invitational at Missouri, hit .315 over four matches and averaged 4.25 kills per game...Included in that run was a .500 hitting percentage (8-1-14) vs. North Carolina State...Her season average of 2.53 kills per game was fourth-best on the team...Also averaged 1.56 digs per game over 55 contests...Had 1.44 kpg and 1.56 dpg in 18 conference games (seven matches)...Recorded her lone double-double of the season at Brigham Young with 10 kills and 11 digs.
Played in 10 matches and 15 games with two starts...Struggled with injuries for most of the season...Recorded season-high 11 kills against Air Force on Oct. 20...Hit .333 in that three-game match and also contributed three assists...Season-best five digs at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 18...Had her lone service ace of the season against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 7.
Redshirted at San Diego State
Saw action as a top reserve in 1999...Played in 10 matches and 21 games...Had best performance of the year on Oct. 25, providing a huge spark off the bench in SDSU's five-game come-from-behind win against Northern Arizona...Against the Lumberjacks, she recorded 15 kills on 35 attempts with two errors for a .371 hitting percentage, along with seven digs and one service ace...Finished the season with 21 kills and 17 digs.
A four-year letterwinner at Boulder City High School in Boulder City, Nev...All-league second-team selection as a sophomore and first-team selection following both junior and senior years...League and team Most Valuable Player as a senior...Named to the all-state tournament teams during both junior and senior seasons while leading the Eagles to back-to-back third-place finishes...Outstanding scholar athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.
Melissa Rene Cansdale was born on Feb. 18, 1981, in Omaha, Neb...Daughter of Julie and Jerry Cansdale...Hobbies include playing the piano, hiking, drawing, singing and swimming...Majoring in biology...Lists favorite athlete as Kristi Yamaguchi.