Jen Fopma was born in Leiden, Holland. She moved to Bellflower, CA when she was one year old after her father finished playing professional basketball. Fopma began her college career at Pepperdine playing middle blocker before transferring to Cal State-Northridge for her final season. She left Pepperdine as the school’s all-time leader in hitting percentage and ranked fifth in blocks per game. At Northridge, Fopma was selected to the first-team all-Big West team and a third-team All-American, the first All-American in Cal State Northridge history.
Fopma made her AVP debut in 2005 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. In 2013, Fopma and partner Brooke Sweat won the Huntington Beach Open and was named the Best Blocker in the AVP. She trains “25/7” in her own words and will be partnering with Whitney Pavlik for the 2014 season.
2014: Fopma began a new partnership with Whitney Pavlik. On the AVP the duo played twice, with a best of third place, before Fopma was sidelined with an injury. On the FIVB Tour they played seven times, with a best of ninth twice.
If you weren’t playing professional volleyball, what would your job be?
I’m an athlete through & through, so another sport for sure, I’m getting pretty good at Pickleball!
What is the most rewarding piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Make new mistakes.”
If you could only keep 5 possessions, what would they be?
1. My puppy, “Meatloaf”
2. My Phone
3. My coffee maker
4. My Bed
5. My Manhattan Beach Open Championship plaque