Tara Cross Battle A Most Prolific Elite Volleyball Hitter of the 90s

Winner of the Flo Hyman All-Time Great  Player award, Tara Cross made her international debut in the 1990 Goodwill Games and played for team USA for many years.

Tara Cross Battle was one of the most prolific elite volleyball players of the 90s.

        Volleyball Player Profile                         Tara Cross Battle

Cross-Battle had a stellar high school career having bagged two California state championships in her junior and senior year.

Tara was named to the Volleyball Monthly Magazine Fab 50. 

Tara Cross Battle
College Volleyball Accomplishments

Her high school record played a major role in her accepting a scholarship to play at Long Beach State University where she was mentored by two former Olympic champions Rita Crockett and Debbie Green. 

One of the most decorated collegiate players of all time Tara is one of twelve players named to the NCAA All-Decade Volleyball team.

  • Two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)  NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year
  • Four-time AVCA All-American selection
  • NCAA Division I Championship Title - led Long Beach State to its first championship title ever
  • Holds the record for the second highest service aces
  • Holds the record for the second highest kills by a single player in a season
  • Set the record for the third highest block assists.
  • Member of the NCAA 1980’s All-Decade team
  • 1989 Honda Award for Outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete
  • Holds the record for the second highest service aces
  • Holds the record for the second highest kills by a single player in a season
  • Set the record for the third highest block assists.

Tara Cross Battle
Olympic Volleyball Player

Tara Cross-Battle’s first Olympic appearance was in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and went on to play in three other Olympics.

  • 1992 Summer Olympics (Bronze)
  • 1996 Summer Olympics (7th place)
  • 2000 Summer Olympics (4th place)
  • 2004 Summer Olympics (5th place)

Tara Cross Battle
USA Volleyball Player

1990 Goodwill Games

1990 World Championship (Bronze)

1991 NORCECA Continental Championship (Silver)

1991 World Cup

1992 FIVB Super Four (Bronze)

1993 NORCECA Continental Championship (Silver)

1993 World Grand Prix

1993 FIVB Grand Champions Cup

1994 World Grand Prix

1994 World Championship

1995 Pan-America Games (Silver)

1995 Canada Cup (Gold)

1995 World Cup

2001 NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold)

2001 World Grand Prix (Gold)

2002 World Championship (Silver)

2002 World Grand Prix (6th Place)

2003 World Grand Prix (Bronze)

2003 World Cup (Bronze)

2004 World Grand Prix (Bronze)

Tara Cross Battle
Professional Volleyball Player

Cross-Battle played professionally in the Italian Club League for Ancona from 1992 to 1995 before leaving for Brazil from 1996 to 2001 where she played for three clubs and later back in Italy from 2001 to 2003. 

1996-1997 Brazilian Superliga title

1998 South American Club Championship

1999-2000 Brazilian Superliga title

2001-2002 Italian National Volleyball League 

Five Fun Facts about Tara

Tara Cross-Battle was the first American, male or female, volleyball player to ever participate in four Olympic tournaments.

She was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2014.

At Long Beach State, Tara set a kills record of 779 kills with a .353 hitting average which was recorded as the second highest ever by an NCAA player in a single season

Voted MVP and Best Scorer during the 1995 World Grand Prix

Named to the 1990 All-Time Fab 50 Elite team by Volleyball Monthly Magazine


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