Ellen Yamasaki
Ellen Yamasaki
Year: So.
Hometown: Salinas, Calif.
High School: North Salinas
Previous College: Pitzer College
Position: Jumps/Throws
Major: International Studies

At Pomona-Pitzer: Completed her second season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Track and Field team, where she competes in the throws and jumps...Also a member of the volleyball team, as an outside hitter and setter...2013 (track and field)...All-SCIAC (discus)...Came in fifth place at SCIACs in the discus with a throw of 101-0...Also competed in the javelin at SCIACs...2012 (track and field): Finished in 11th place at the SCIAC Championships in the triple jump with a distance of 31-3...2011 (volleyball): SCIAC Freshman of the Year in Volleyball...Second-team All-SCIAC selection...Honorable mention all-region selection by AVCA...Started every match for Sagehens...High School: Attended North Salinas High School in Salinas, California...Played volleyball, track and field, basketball and soccer for the Vikings...Was on the varsity volleyball team for all four years and was named co-MVP and captain as a senior...Helped the Vikings defeat rival Salinas High for the first time in 12 years as a senior...Helped her team to a T-Cal championship...Was a co-MVP of the track and field team as a senior...Earned school's Most Improved Award in basketball and Pursuing Victory with Honor Award in soccer...Graduated fourth in her class...Language Department Key recipient...Also played for the Salinas Valley Club 12's,13's, 14's, 15's and 18's (when she was 16)...Also played for the Main Beach Volleyball Club 18's for two years in a row...Personal: Attending Pitzer College, where she majors in international/intercultural studies...Mother is a teacher and father is a KRAFT Foods researcher...Has two older brothers...Hobbies include beach volleyball, tie-dyeing, making friendship bracelets, and playing Dance Central on the Xbox...Lists Misty May-Treanor, Kerry Walsh, Maurice Greene and Jason Lezak as her favorite athletes...Favorite movies are The Italian Job and the Transformers series, while the Harry Potter series and Gin Tama comic books are her favorite reading material...Lists Queen Latifah, Ryan Higa and Taylor Swift as public figures she admires...Planned and set up a Hope Services Dance and Relay for Life...Born January 31, 1993...Chose Pitzer because "At first, in my college search, all I cared about was coming down to Southern California and playing volleyball, but then when I found out about Pitzer's International/Intercultural Studies (IIS) program it got me super excited about the school. Then I came on a visit and the campus just won me over. I've met so many fun and interesting people here it's great! (I just wish I had a good enough memory to remember everyone's names.)"