CALIFORNIA: Enters her fourth season as a middle hitter for the Golden Bears...her .285 career hitting percentage ranks second, and 312 total blocks ranks eighth, on Cal's all-time list...
As a JUNIOR in 2006 was honorable mention All-Pac-10...led Cal in total blocks (168, 1.51pg, third in the Pac-10, second-best single-season mark in Cal history), hitting percentage (.305, seventh in the Pac-10, sixth-best single-season mark at Cal) and service aces (30, 0.27pg, 10th in the Pac-10)...was also fourth on the team in kills (301, 2.71pg)...had 14 kills and tied a school-record with 11 total blocks (three solo) in the NCAA second round at Cal Poly Dec. 2...hit .522 (14k, 2e, 23att) with two service aces versus LSU in the NCAA first round Dec. 1...hit .435 with 13 kills versus Washington State Nov. 24...notched 14 kills and nine total blocks versus UCLA Nov. 10...had a career-high 16 kills at Arizona Oct. 27, and a career-high three block solos at Arizona State Oct. 28...notched 14 kills and had nine total blocks at USC Oct. 13...had a career-high nine block assists versus Arizona State Sept. 29, and hit .412 with eight block assists versus Arizona Sept. 30...recorded eight total blocks with seven block assists at Pacific Sept. 14...had a season-high three service aces versus Baylor Aug. 26.
As a SOPHOMORE in 2005 had a .266 hitting percentage and led the team in total blocks (129, 1.26pg, sixth in the Pac-10, fifth on the Cal single-season list)...hit .353 (7k, 1e, 17att.) in NCAA second round match at Wisconsin...finished with two block solos and five block assists versus Valparaiso in the NCAA first round...notched eight block assists at Stanford Nov. 18...tallied a career-high three block solos and 10 total blocks at national champion Washington Nov. 4...had 14 kills versus Oregon State Oct. 27 and seven block assists versus Washington Oct. 7...hit .361 at Oregon and Oregon State with nine total blocks at Oregon Sept. 29...had 12 kills versus UCLA Sept. 23 and 13 kills at Texas State Sept. 2.
As a FRESHMAN in 2004 saw action in 25 games in 13 matches, hitting .263 on the year...was phenomenal in the NCAA first round versus Pacific Dec. 2, recording 14 kills with only one error in 29 attempts (.448) and a career-high four service aces...added 13 kills versus Saint Mary's in the NCAA second round Dec. 3...recorded eight kills with a .538 hitting percentage (8k, 1e, 13att) at Arizona State Nov. 27...had six kills with a .455 hitting percentage (6k, 1e, 11att) at Oregon Nov. 12...tallied five kills with no errors in eight attempts (.625), and had three block assists, at Washington State Oct. 23.
HIGH SCHOOL: At Cypress Springs High School in Houston was district MVP and a member of the Texas Sportswriters Association All-State team and the Lonestarvolleyball.com All-Texas Team as a senior in 2003...was also two-time All-Houston Area, three-time all-district and four-time district all-academic...helped her team to the 2003 District 16-5A championship...set school records for single-season kills (343) and single-season blocks (124)...was selected one of PrepVolleyball.com's Fab 50 for 2004...competed in several USAVB Junior Olympics with her Texas Tornados club team.
PERSONAL: Ellen Elizabeth Orchard was born March 21, 1986 in Englewood, Colo....parents are David and Marie Orchard...has a sister Emily, 27, and a brother, Phillip, 24...grandmother, Ruth Gordon Orchard, graduated from Cal in 1936...is majoring in forestry.
CAREER HIGHS Kills: 16 at Arizona, 10/27/06 Attempts: 37 at Cal Poly, 12/2/06 Service Aces: 4 vs. Pacific, 12/2/04 Digs: 6 vs. Saint Mary's, 12/3/04; at Oregon, 11/17/06 Block Solos: 3 at Washington, 11/4/05; at Arizona State, 10/28/06; at Cal Poly, 12/2/06 Block Assists: 9 vs. Arizona State, 9/29/06 Total Blocks: 11 at Cal Poly, 12/2/06