Penn State opens the 2012 season at the Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville
Lion Career 2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Academic All-Big Ten ... made collegiate debut vs. Rutgers (9/17) and tallied one kill ... played in one set at Iowa (9/24).
2010 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Four-year varsity letterwinner at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo. ... guided her team to an undefeated record (31-0) and the Colorado State Championship in 2007 ... team finished second in the state in 2006 and 2008 and third in 2009 ... two-time State Championship All-Tournament Team selection ... four-time All-Conference (Centennial League) selection ... three-time All-State honoree ... selected to the All-Colorado team her senior season ... named first team AVCA/Under Armour High School All-American ... PrepVolleyball Senior Ace ... attended the A1-Select camp with USA Volleyball in 2007 and was a member of the gold medal winning Blue Team ... won a gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Championships and participated in the 2009 World Championships in Thailand as a member of the Youth National Team ... was named to the All-Conference Academic team ... was a Wolf Award recipient.
Born Erica Lynn Denney on Aug. 7, 1992 in Aurora Colo. ... parents are Mike and Nancy Denney ... has one sister, Catherine (17) ... names hunting, hiking and hanging with friends as favorite hobbies, "Maximum Ride" as favorite book, Nickelback, Jason Aldean and Chris Brown as favorite entertainers, "House" and "Family Guy" as favorite TV shows, the Denver Nuggets as favorite professional sports team, "Aladdin" as favorite movie, Lebron James as favorite athlete, Sandra Bullock as favorite actress and prime rib, pizza and anything chocolate as favorite foods.
"This past spring we have really grown together as a grop. We have worked extremely hard to come back this season and fight for the ultimate goal. We just have to take it day-by-day and continue to work hard and we will be a major challenge for any competitor to defeat."