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Nittany Lions return a great deal of talent for 2012
Hancock was named the Mideast Region Freshman of the Year
Lions take on Indiana and Purdue this weekend
McClendon led all players with 18 kills.
Pronounced: DAR-see Dorton
2010 (Sophomore): Redshirt season.
2009 (Freshman): AVCA Honorable Mention All-America ... AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year ... AVCA Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (8/31, 9/7, 9/28, 10/12, 11/2) ... played in all 38 matches starting 19 and 116 sets ... ranked fourth on the team with 276 kills, good enough for 2.39 kills per set ... had double-digit kills in eight matches, including putting down 13 in the National Championship match against No. 2 Texas ... made her collegiate debut against Miami (Ohio) (8/28) and tallied a career-high 15 kills on .565 hitting ... registered 14 kills at Illinois (9/26) ... had 13 kills at Ohio State (10/7) ...totaled 66 blocks ... tallied at least one block in 28 matches, with two or more in 23 matches ... posted a personal-best five total blocks at Wisconsin (10/3) and tied the amount at Indiana (11/21) ... recorded 53 digs for the season, with at least one in 27 matches ... had a career-best eight digs vs. Robert Morris (9/5).
Four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Delta High School in Muncie, Ind. ... Three-time AAU 18 Open All-American ... named a JVDA 18 Open All-American ... was a member of the Youh National Team that competed in the 2007 World Championships...captained the Junior National Team that won the 2008 NORCECA Championship ... 2008 PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year ... 2008 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year ... IHSAA Mental Attitude Award Winner ... member of the 2008 State Championship Team, the 2009 AAU 18 Open National Champions and the 2009 JVDA 18 Open National Champions ... also earned a letter in track in 2006.
Born Darcy Lin Dorton on July 6, 1990 in Muncie, Ind. ... parents are Joe and Juli Dorton ... has one brother, Tad (17), and one sister, Kylie (22) ... sister Kylie played volleyball at the University of West Florida ... is undecided on a major ... names going to the lake house as a hobby, "Twilight" as her favorite book, "The Office" as her favorite TV show, "The Dark Knight" as her favorite movie, Lebron James as her favorite athlete, Brad Pitt as her favorite actor and Katherine Heigl as her favorite actress and The Diner's Mac and Cheese as her favorite food.
Quoting Coach Rose
"Darcy is one of the big question marks as we enter this season. Although she's been cleared to do things, she's having to come to grips with the fact that this is a new experience and there are things she has to work with to succeed. I think so much of what our chances for success will be will be linked to the progress she can make once we get in the gym. Her spirit is strong and she has great energy, I'm just unsure of how her body will handle the demands of a long season."
"This year will be just as exciting as last! We graduated a lot of great players that will be missed for many reasons, but we are bringing in a group of talented and energetic freshmen. I am especially excited to be back in the Penn State uniform after sitting out last year. I am looking forward to playing for the Rec Hall crowd. The Big Ten conference will be strong this year and the addition of Nebraska brings a new challenge. We are all looking forward to rising to the occasion and fighting to defend our Big Ten title and bringing another National Championship to Happy Valley."
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