Berge, Tiffany Pedersen

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    Tiffany Pedersen Berge poses for a photo while a member of the Seton Catholic High School girls volleyball team, late 1990s

    A Chandler native, Tiffany Pedersen Berge began playing club volleyball with nationally ranked Arizona East Valley Juniors at the age of twelve. She attended Seton Catholic High School and was a four-year starter in Volleyball. She was a 2A All-Metro pick as a freshman and sophomore. She was a three-year team captain and Team MVP as a junior. Leading the team to the state tournament semi-finals as a senior, she averaged 3.7 kills per game while posting a .302 hitting percentage and 0.67 service aces per game. During her time at Seton she was named 3A West Region Player of the Year. She was on the All-West Region First Team four times, State All-Tournament Team three times, and 3-A All-Metro Team twice. She also played on the Seton State Champion Girls Basketball team.  In addition, Tiffany had an outstanding track and field career; she earning a State Championship in High Jump and medaled in the Long Jump and Triple Jump at State.  In Club Track and Field she earned 4th in the Junior Nationals Heptathalon and 6th in Javelin.

    Berge was the first Seton volley ball player to earn a full athletic scholarship to a Division One University. She joined the Fordham University Rams Volleyball team in 2001 as utility player due to her versatility. Playing in all 94 games in her freshman year, she ranked second on the team for service aces (37) per games. She also ranked seventh in the Atlantic 10 in service aces per game. She had her career-high 10 kills and five blocks, along with nine digs in a game versus Rhode Island. During her sophomore year she served as libero and finished the year with 75 kills, 21 assists, 22 service aces and 201 digs. Her junior year she played in 30 matches, completing the year with 50 kills, 70 digs, and nine blocks. During her senior year in 2004, Berge recorded a career-high 232 kills, a .219 hitting percentage, and 63 total blocks. During this year the Rams won the Rose Hill Classic tournament, and Berge was named Most Valuable Player of the Classic. Berge holds the school record for single match hitting with a percentage of .824. Throughout her four years, Berge played Middle, Libero, Outside and Setter positions.

    Berge graduated with a double degree in Communications & Media Studies and Visual Arts. She returned to Arizona and began teaching and coaching in Chandler. In 2005 she returned as an Assistant Coach at Seton High where she helped the volleyball team win 5 state titles. She also coached at the Arizona East Valley Juniors Club. She has taken a break from coaching as she is currently expecting her first child.

    Berge was inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame on February 8, 2014.

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    Tiffany Pedersen Bio

    Fordham University (Atlantic-10 Conference)

    Seton Catholic HS

    Personal:  Born October 22, 1981… Has a double major in Communications & Media Studies and Visual Arts.  Fordham University.  Currently teaching at Bologna Elem. Chandler, Az.  Coaching:  AZ East Valley Juniors (Club VB).

    Fordham UniversityAs a Senior in 2004: Appeared in 29 matches… Recorded a career-high 232 kills (2.32/game), .219 hitting percentage, and 63 total blocks (0.63/game) in her final season… Added 40 digs and 11 service aces… Named MVP of the Rose Hill Classic, which Fordham won for the first time in four years… Registered nine double-digit kill outings… Tied a career-high with 14 kills in matches from Stony Brook (9/16) and Canisius (9/17)… Had seven kills and seven blocks versus Manhattan (9/17)… Netted 13 kills and a .550 hitting percentage at Xavier (10/2).

    • 1st Fordham player to win the MVP of the Rose Hill Classic in 2004 (our home tournament)
    • Holds the school record for single match hitting percentage at .824

    As a Junior in 2003: Played in 27 matches for Fordham… Served as a libero for the latter half of the season… Ended the season with 50 kills, 70 digs, and nine blocks… Recorded double figure digs in two contests… Had six kills and 10 digs versus Dayton (10/18)… Registered season-highs with seven kills, 11 digs, and three blocks versus Cal. St. Fullerton (8/29)… Tallied six kills and nine digs versus Valparaiso (8/30).

    As a Sophomore in 2002:  Appeared in 30 matches, playing in 105 games… Served primarily as the libero over the last third of the season… Finished the year with 75 kills, 21 assists, 22 service aces, and 201 digs… Recorded double figures in digs 10 times… Had season-highs with nine kills and 14 digs versus Elon (9/20)… Recorded nine kills, 13 digs, and three service aces at La Salle (9/28)… Had a season-high four service aces to go with seven kills and 12 digs against Oregon (9/6)… Tallied eight kills, 11 digs, two blocks and two service aces against Creighton (9/14).

    As a Freshman in 2001: Appeared in 25 matches, playing in all 94 games for the Rams… Was second on the team in service aces (37) and service aces/game (0.39)… Ranked seventh in the Atlantic 10 in service aces/game… Recorded one double-double on the year at George Washington with 10 kills and 10 digs (10/28)… Had a career-high 10 kills and five blocks, along with nine digs versus Rhode Island (10/2)… Also had 10 kills at UMass (10/5), while notching 17 digs and seven kills at Rhode Island (11/6).

    Before Fordham: Played club volleyball with national contenders Arizona East Valley Juniors from the 12-21 through 18-21 age groups… A four-year varsity starter at Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Arizona… Named the 3A West Region Player of the Year… A four-time All-West Region First Team pick… Averaged 3.7 kills per game as a senior while also posting a .302 hitting percentage and 0.67 service aces per game… Tabbed as a 2A All-Metro pick as both a freshman and sophomore and a 3A All-Metro selection as both a junior and a senior… Garnered State All-Tournament Team honors on three occasions, finding a spot on the 2A team as a freshman and sophomore and the 3A team as a senior… Three-year team captain… Team MVP as a junior… Led team to the semifinals of the state tournament as a senior… Won the State Championship in the high jump as a freshman… Played a season of basketball as well, helping Seton Catholic to the 2A State Championships title.

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