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Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions in Fall honorees
Slay was named the Penn State Classic MVP
Penn State faces Oregon State tonight at 8 p.m. ET
Penn State will face Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Louisville
Penn State opens the 2012 season at the Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville
2012 (Redshirt Sophomore): Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in six matches and nine sets ... made her season debut vs. Stanford (8/31) ... made her first career start against DePaul (9/8) and had a team-best five blocks ... had a block vs. Northwestern (11/10).
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 year, I think that because we have more people returning, we have an older group. With this group, I think we have a lot of experience and the ultimate goal is to win a national championship. The biggest thing that I'm expecting this year is for us to work together better as a team. If we can figure that out,who knows what we can accomplish together."