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Beach Volleyball Professional Tyra Turner is our

Smack Sportswear Athlete of the Month!

Beach Volleyball Career:

Tyra had a breakout beach volleyball year in what was her fifth season on the beach, more than doubling her career earnings in 2007 and playing in 11 AVP semifinals, including four title matches. In addition, she and partner Rachel Wacholder won an FIVB bronze medal in the 2007 Grand Slam in Paris despite having to play in the qualifier.

Tyra had a pair of fifths in just her second season on the beach (2004), earning her a full-time spot in the main draw. In 2005 she was part of the fourth-ranked team (with Makare Wilson) on the AVP Tour with two semifinal appearances and eight fifth-place finishes. In 2006 she also played on the FIVB Tour, resulting in competitions in 18 out of 19 consecutive weeks.

On the AVP Tour in 2006 Turner ranked ninth in blocks (.79 per game). In 2007, she was fifth in blocks (1.11 per game), sixth in kill percentage (.547) and 10th in aces (.65 per game).

College Volleyball:

Turner was all-conference all four years at the University of Central Florida (first-team in 1995-97). Was AVCA all-District in 1996 and 1997 and in 1997 she was the conference Player of the Year as well as being named to the all-Academic team. Named the 1998 UCF Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as the Female Athlete of the Year. She holds the school record for blocks and is second in career kills. Her 151 consecutive matches played ranks fifth in NCAA history. In 2004, she was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame. She played on the U.S. National Volleyball Team before brief stints with the USPV and playing in Greece in 2003.

Volleyball Stats:

Height: 6’1″
Birthdate: 7/21/76
Hometown: Fort Myers Beach, FL
College: University of Central Florida, Class of 1998
Major: Speech Language Pathology Communicative Disorders

AVP Volleyball Tour Event Wins – 1
2nd Place  Finishes – 5
3rd Place Volleyball Finishes – 16
4th Place Volleyball Finishes – 0
5th Place Volleyball Finishes – 17

Volleyball Seasons in the AVP – 7
2009 Volleyball Partner – Angie Akers
Previous Volleyball Partners: Rachel Wacholder, Makare Wilson
AVP Volleyball Career Winnings – $307,810
FIVB Volleyball Career Winnings – $155,200
Total Volleyball Career Winnings – $463,010

Notable Volleyball Accomplishments

College Volleyball:
Led her volleyball team to four consecutive Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) titles and four NCAA volleyball tournament appearances!
TAAC All-Conference four straight years, 1994-1997

AVCA All-District 1996, 1997
First Team All-Conference 1995, 1996, 1997
Conference Player of the Year 1997
TAAC All-Academic Team 1997
1998 UCF Scholar Athlete of the Year
Holds UCF Record for blocks and is second in career kills
Named to UCF Hall of Fame in 2004

USA Volleyball:
Trained with indoor national volleyball team from 1998-2000
USAV Executive Board Member, Female Beach Volleyball Player Representative

Professional Indoor Volleyball:
Played professional indoor volleyball in Turkey in 1999
Played two seasons for short-lived U.S. Professional Volleyball, 2002-2003 (USPV)
Played professional indoor volleyball in Greece in 2003

AVP/FIVB Volleyball:
Joined AVP in 2003
Partnered with Makare Wilson in 2004
Partnered with Rachel Wacholder in 2007
Won bronze in 2007 FIVB Grand Slam Event in Paris
2008 was her break outseason, she appeared in 11 semi-finals and four title matches
Won one AVP Volleyball Event with Wacholder in 2008 (San Diego, defeated Boss/Ross)
Placed 2nd three times and third three times in 2009 with partner Angie Akers while Wacholder was on maternity leave.

Personal:
Born Tyra Harper, she is an only child. She married former AVP Tour player Chad Turner in 2005 and the couple is due to have their first child very soon!

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