Photos from the Lady Lions' game against the Wisconsin Badgers
Pronounced: Ah-lissa Duh-REE-ko
2009 (Junior): Academic All-Big Ten ... Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team (8/29) ... Duke Invitational Most Outstanding Libero (9/12) ... played in all 38 matches and 122 sets at libero ... led the team with 62 aces and 433 digs, averaging 3.55 digs per set ... led the team in digs 24 times ... totaled 39 digs in three matches at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by No. 20 Saint Louis (8/28-29) ... posted a career-high five aces against Buffalo (9/4) ... led the team with 14 digs against Robert Morris (9/5) ... combined for 38 digs in three matches at the Duke Invitational (9/11-12) ... tied her career high with five aces vs. Saint Francis (9/19) ... had a team-best 15 digs vs. Temple (9/19) ... recorded 25 digs and two aces at Northwestern and Illinois (9/25-26) ... had 10 digs and two aces vs. Iowa (10/2) ... combined for 27 digs in matches at Michigan and Michigan State (10/16-17) ... recorded 11 digs and three aces vs. Indiana (10/23) ... had a match-high 13 digs vs. Ohio State (10/28) ... totaled 27 digs and four aces in matches at Wisconsin and Iowa (11/6-7)... combined for 31 digs in matches at Purdue and Indiana (11/20-21) ... led the team with 14 digs vs. Florida (12/11) ... tied her career high with five aces vs. California (12/12) ... had 19 digs vs. Hawaii (12/17) in the NCAA National Semifinals ... registered a career-high 22 digs vs. Texas (12/19) in the NCAA Championship match.
2008 (Sophomore): Academic All-Big Ten ... saw action in 36 of 38 matchs as a serving and defensive specialist ... made 13 starts ... rotated in for teammate Blair Brown in the back row ... had at least one dig in 35 of her 36 matches ... totaled 197 digs for the season to rank fifth on the team ... started at libero for an injured Roberta Holehouse at Indiana (10/1), posting nine digs, and versus Michigan State (10/4) where she tallied a career-high 13 digs ... posted eight digs at libero against Wisconsin (11/22) ... had two aces and five digs against California (12/13) in the NCAA Regional Final ... recorded 11 digs against Nebraska in the NCAA Semifinal ... posted eight digs against Stanford in the NCAA Championship match.
2007 (Freshman): Played in all 36 matches and 112 of 122 games as a defensive specialist ... saw first career action in both matches against Texas (8/24-25), recording two aces and seven digs ... totaled 108 digs for the year, good for the sixth-highest total on the team ... set a new career high with 12 digs in the national championship match against Stanford (12/15) ... averaged 2.33 digs per game at the Penn State Classic, with a total of 21 digs ... posted eight digs against Virginia Commonwealth (9/8) while playing libero ... tallied seven digs versus Cal Poly (8/31) and Colgate (9/8) ... had 13 service aces for the season ... posted three aces against Delaware State (9/15) ... had two aces versus Texas (8/25), Colgate (9/8) and at Yale (9/14) ... also had two kills, including one against VCU (9/8) and another versus Northwestern (9/22).
Five-time volleyball and basketball letterwinner at Byron-Bergen High School in Bergen, N.Y. ... three-year volleyball captain and two-year basketball captain for the Bees ... three-time first team all-state selection ... five-time Section V Class C Most Valuable Player (2002-2006), beginning in her eighth grade year ... led the Bees to three New York state titles (2004-2006) and five sectional titles ... captured four Genesee Regional League championships ... finished with a five-year scholastic varsity record of 98-12 ... ranked 33rd on PrepVolleyball's "Senior Aces" list ... 2006-2007 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year ... achieved the career milestones of 1,000 kills and digs during junior season ... ended tenure with 1,879 kills and 1,521 digs ... two-time basketball Most Valuable Player ... was an alternate for the USA A2 Team in 2006 ... member of the VolleyFX Magic Club program ... helped the squad to a 17th-place Open finish at the 2006 Nationals ... also claimed the titles at the 2001, 2002 and 2004 East Coast Championship and the 2003 Northeast Qualifier ... excels off the court, ranking sixth in her class ... member of the National Honor Society ... Student Council Parliamentarian in 2006 ... was selected as an alternate for American Legion Girls State ... nominated as a Kodak Young Leader ... acted as president of the Varsity Club, the yearbook editor and the leader of the Byron-Bergen Emergency Response Team.
Born Alyssa Lynne D'Errico on March 28, 1989 in Brockport, N.Y. ... parents are Cindy and Dave D'Errico ... has one sister, Brianna (23) ... mother Cindy was a member of the 1977 volleyball national A2 team and sister Brianna was an all-conference volleyball player at Ithaca ... majoring in business marketing and minoring in economics ... names hobbies as shopping, talking on the phone and drawing, favorite musical entertainer as Carrie Underwood, Secondhand Serenade and Rascal Flatts, favorite pro sports teams as the New York Yankees, favorite athletes as Christa Harmotto, Derek Jeter and Tara Cross-Battle, favorite food as Ralph and Rosie's pizza from her hometown and Jimmy John's #1 Pepe, favorite book as "My Sister's Keeper" or "Nineteen Minutes," favorite television shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "Losing it with Jillian" and "Desperate Housewives," and favorite movies as "Avatar," "Sex in the City," "The Notebook," and "Batman: The Dark Knight" ... nickname is Nummy or Nummy Lynne.
Quoting Russ Rose
"Alyssa is one of the most committed leaders we've had in the program. She has her hand on the pulse of the team and mentors and monitors as well. As a player, she possesses a tough serve and is a good passer. I especially like the fact she's not afraid to mix it up in the back row. Alyssa is going to have a lot of challenges with the young people around her in terms of choreographing serve/reception patterns and moving people around in the back row to help us make plays."
"I am super excited for my last year with this program, university, teammates and fans. We are pleased to have a large and talented recruiting class that will bring a refreshing, young energy to an already intense training atmosphere. I will be proud to put on a Penn State jersey for one more season. We have high hopes and are looking forward to upholding the tradition of our program as a team with one goal in mind."