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Nittany Lions return a great deal of talent for 2012
Penn State is now 74-26 all-time in NCAA Tournament play
Action is set for 5 p.m. in Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum
Penn State advances to NCAA Regionals for ninth straight season
Penn State takes on Delaware on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall
2010 (Freshman): Saw action in 29 matches and 64 sets as a serving and defensive specialist ... made her collegiate debut at North Carolina (8/27) ... tied for third on the team with 20 aces ... registered an ace in 13 matches and had five matches where she tallied two or more ... recorded a personal-best three aces vs. George Washington (9/17) ... matched her career-best with three aces against California in the National Championship match (12/18) ... totaled 74 digs for the season ... had at least one dig in 18 matches with 15 multiple-dig matches ... led the team with 12 digs against Illinois (11/13) ... was second on the team with a personal-best 16 digs at Minnesota (11/27).
Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year team captain at Chatfield Senior High in Littleton, Colo. ... three-time First Team All-Conference honoree ... named Second Team All-State and Jeffco League MVP her senior season ... four-year member of the honor roll ... two-time Academic All-State selection ... played for Juggernaut Volleyball Club ... two-time Region All-Star team selection.
Born Alyssa Marie Longo on Oct. 4, 1991 in Littleton, Colo. ... parents are John and Judy Longo ... has one sister, Toni (21), and one brother, Taylor (16) ... names "To Kill a Mockingbird" as her favorite book, Will Ferrell as her favorite entertainer, "The Big Bang Theory" as her favorite TV show, the Lakers as her favorite professional sports team, Michael Jordan as her favorite athlete, Matt Damon as her favorite actor, Sandra Bullock as her favorite actress and anything as her favorite food.
Quoting Coach Rose
"Ali is a tough youngster and a great competitor. She had some developmental highs and lows last year. Ali has a terrific serve, plays hard and is confident in her skills. I'm confident in what she can do, as well."
"My expectations for this upcoming season are for the team to work hard together and push each other to get better everyday in the gym as well as in the weight room in order to reach our end of the season goal."