3 - Melissa Markowski Position: Setter
Class: Junior
Height: 5' 9"
High School: St. Francis
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Ill.
photo         2003: Played in all but one game as a sophomore ... Led the team in assists (1,195) and assists per game (11.72) ... Moved into fourth place in Tech’s record book for career assists with 2,618 ... Also finished the year fourth all-time at Virginia Tech with a single season hitting percentage of .305 ... Ranked third in the BIG EAST in total assists ... Reached her 200th kill, 2,000th assist, 50th ace, 500th dig and 100th block assist in only her second season as a Hokie ... Tallied 50 or more assists in nine matches ... Finished the year with 14 double-doubles ... Recorded an ace in 16 matches ... Registered eight blocks and 156 assists in three matches at the 2003 N.C. State Invitational ... Was one kill shy of recording a triple-double against Virginia, finishing the match with nine kills, 41 assists and 12 digs ... Hit seven out of eight kills against Radford for a .875 hitting percentage ... Recorded 94 assists at the Virginia Tech Invite enroute to an all-tournament selection ... Had best defensive game in her career with six total blocks (one solo, five assists) against Cleveland State ... Named co-BIG EAST Player of the Week (11/3/03) after dishing out 37 assists and hitting a .750 in the Hokies’ upset of Pittsburgh ... All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention ... Selected as a member of the VaSID second team ... Was named to the COSIDA Academic All-District III third team.

2002: Had an immediate impact as a true freshman ... One of only two players to play in all 118 games ... Tallied 1,423 assists for the season, placing her third on the school’s all-time list for most assists in a single season ... Dished out a career-high 70 assists against Rutgers ... Recorded a career-high 22 digs in the same match ... Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week three times ... Notched 60 assists in the win over Radford ... Recorded double-digit assist and dig totals in the same match 11 times ... Posted 50 or more assists 10 times ... Had nine kills against Boston College ... Notched a career-high six service aces against Providence ... Recorded 272 digs on the season ... Had 46 total blocks, including 43 block assists ... Averaged 12.06 assists per game ... Ranked first in the BIG EAST in total assists and fourth in assists per game ... Had 63 assists against Boston College ... Dished out 42 assists at the BIG EAST Championship against Miami ... Named to the VaSID all-state second team.

High School: Attended St. Francis High School where she lettered two times for Coach Peg Kopec ... Garnered first-team all-state and Chicago Tribune second-team all-state honors her senior season ... Named 2001 conference player of the year ... St. Francis team MVP ... A National Merit Semi-Finalist ... Played for Sports Performance VBC.

Personal: Melissa Marie Markowski was born on November 22, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Is the daughter of Paul and Kerry Markowski ... Has an older sister, Megan, who plays volleyball for Northern Illinois, as well as a younger sister and brother, Lauren and Brendan ... Enrolled in human nutrition, foods and exercise.