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Deja McClendon
Deja  McClendon


Louisville, Ky.

High School:
Dupont Manual Magnet




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Pronounced: Day-jah Mc-Clen-done

Deja McClendon

2013 (Senior): Has recorded double-digit kills in 12 matches, leading the team in the category in eight contests ... Has posted six double-doubles on the year, while also leading the team in digs nine times ... Preseason All-Big Ten honoree ... Posted three kills, four digs and a solo block against Syracuse (8/31) ... Notched two kills and a team-high 17 digs against No. 19 Louisville (8/31) ... Led the team with 20 kills and a squad-best 17 digs at No. 6 Texas (9/7) ... Tallied five kills, five digs and a solo block against No. 8 Florida (9/8) ... Tied for team-best with nine kills against Marquette (9/13), adding five digs and two blocks ... Registered six kills, three digs two solo blocks against Central Arkansas (9/14) ... Pounded five kills and recorded six digs and three blocks at FGCU (9/15) ... Recorded six digs, five kills and four blocks against Albany (9/20) ... Had 10 kills, three digs and three blocks against Eastern Kentucky (9/21) ... Logged nine kills and seven digs against Yale (9/21) ... Tied for team leader with 14 digs against No. 15 Michigan State (9/27), adding seven kills ... Recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs against No. 10 Michigan (9/28), adding three blocks ... Tallied 13 kills on .500 hitting, adding five digs and four blocks at Indiana (10/3) ... Notched her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs at No. 24 Purdue (10/5) adding two blocks ... Recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs against No. 11 Minnesota (10/9), adding four blocks ... Matched a season-high mark with 17 digs against No. 19 Wisconsin (10/12), posting one ace, six kills and four blocks ... Led the squad with her fifth double-double of the season, registering 14 kills and 10 digs at Illinois (10/18) ... Led the team with nine digs at Northwestern (10/20), adding seven kills and a block ... Recorded two aces against No. 24 Ohio State (10/23), while leading the team with 10 kills on .500 hitting, adding nine digs and two blocks ... Eclipsed 1,000 career digs against Iowa (10/26), while also matching a season-high mark with four blocks, adding eight kills and one ace ... Notched a double-double with 14 kils and 12 digs at No. 17 Michigan (11/1) ... Led the team with 14 kills at No. 14 MSU (11/2), registering eight digs ... Totaled a team-high 13 kills against No. 14 Purdue (11/8), adding four digs ... Led the squad with nine kills against Indiana (11/9), tallying two blocks and two digs ... Logged eight kills, 15 digs and five blocks at No. 14 Wisconsin (11/15) ... Tallied 11 kills, one ace and seven digs at No. 11 Minnesota (11/16), while also registering her 1,500th career kill.

2012 (Junior):AVCA Third Team All-America ... Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-America ... West Lafayette Regional All-Tournament Team ... AVCA Mideast Region ... Unanimous All-Big Ten ... Preseason All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team ... Big Four Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team ... Chicago Classic All-Tournament Team ... started all 36 matches at outside hitter ... was second on the team with 403 kills, averaging 3.25 kills per set ... had double-digit kills in 22 matches ... led the Nittany Lions in kills on 11 occasions ... had 12 double-doubles ... eclipsed 1,000 career kills on Sept. 28 at Wisconsin ... was second on the team in digs with 339, averaging 2.73 digs per set ... had double-digit digs in 16 matches and recorded at least three digs in 34 of 36 matches ... was team leader in digs eight times ... totaled 70 blocks for the season ... had 20 multiple-block matches and tallied at least one block in 30 of 36 matches ... posted 16 kills and four blocks vs. Stanford (8/31) ... had 11 kills vs. Texas (9/1) ... had 14 kills in 24 errorless swings with 10 digs vs. DePaul (9/8) ... had 13 kills and 12 digs vs. Oregon State (9/8) ... registered 16 kills and 13 digs vs. Nebraska (9/19) ... pounded 18 kills with 18 digs vs. Iowa (9/22) ... had a team-high 14 kills with 16 digs at Wisconsin (9/28) ... posted nine kills at Minnesota (9/29) ... recorded 15 kills and 15 digs at Illinois (10/6) ... led the team with 12 kills vs. Purdue (10/12) ... had 12 kills vs. Indiana (10/13) ... had 16 kills and a career-high 29 digs at Michigan (10/20) ... posted 11 kills, 12 digs and four blocks, including three solo, at Iowa (10/24) ... led the team with 20 kills and posted 19 digs at Nebraska (10/28) ... had nine kills and nine digs vs. Wisconsin (11/4) ... led the Lions with 11 kills against Illinois (11/8) ... pounded eight kills and had seven digs vs. Northwestern (11/10) ... put down 11 kills with seven digs and three blocks at Indiana (11/16) ... had 13 kills and a team-high nine digs at Purdue (11/17) ... was second on the team with 11 kills against Ohio State (11/21) ... led the Lions with 12 kills on .800 hitting with five digs and two blocks vs. Binghamton (11/30) ... tallied 10 digs vs. Kentucky (12/7) ... had 14 kills, 12 digs and a career-high seven blocks, including four solo, vs. Minnesota (12/8).

2011 (Sophomore): AVCA First Team All-American ... NCAA Lexington Regional All-Tournament Team ... AVCA All-Mideast Region ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Player of the Week (11/14) ... Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team ... Pittsburgh Invitational All-Tournament Team ... AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team ... Unanimous Preseason All-Big Ten ... started all 33 matches at outside hitter ... led the team with 432 kills and 3.54 kills per set ... her 3.54 kills per set ranked 10th in the Big Ten ... had double-digit kills in 24 matches ... had six double-doubles ... was third on the team with 245 digs, averaging 2.01 digs per set ... led the team with 15 kills and was second on the team with four blocks vs. Oregon (8/26) ... tallied a career-high 25 kills vs. USC (8/27) ... led the team with 30 kills in the Pitt Invitational (9/2-3) ... had a team-high 42 kills at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic (9/9-10) ... totaled 25 kills and was third on the team with 26 digs in the Hampton Inn Classic (9/16-17) ... had 16 kills and 13 digs at Nebraska (9/21) ... second on the team with 10 kills at Iowa (9/24) ... tied for second on the team with eight kills and had three aces vs. Wisconsin (9/30) ... had a team-high 14 kills at Purdue (10/14) ... led the team with 13 kills at Indiana (10/15) ... second on the team with 10 kills vs. Michigan (10/22) ... led the team with 18 kills vs. Nebraska (10/29) ... tallied 23 kills and 10 digs at Minnesota (11/4) ... posted 17 kills and five blocks at Wisconsin (11/6) ... totaled 17 kills on .350 hitting at Illinois (11/11) ... led the team with 20 kills on .439 hitting and 10 digs at Northwestern (11/12) ... had 13 kills on .464 hitting vs. Indiana (11/18) ... led the team with 18 kills and had nine digs and four blocks vs. Purdue (11/19) ... posted 11 kills on .524 hitting with four blocks vs. Delaware (12/3).

2010 (Freshman): AVCA Division I National Freshman of the Year ... AVCA Second Team All-American ... NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year ... AVCA All-Mideast Region ... Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team ...Hampton Inn Classic All-Tournament Team ... Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (9/6, 11/22) ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (9/20, 11/15) ... the only freshman to earn a spot on the 2010 AVCA All-America teams ... started all 37 matches and played in 122 sets at outside hitter ... joined Stanford's Kerri Walsh as the only freshmen to win NCAA Championship MVP honors ... ranked second on the team with 418 kills and 3.43 kills per set ... her .331 attack percentage ranked fourth on the team and seventh in the Big Ten ... hit a career-high .733 (11-0-15) against Texas in the NCAA National Semifinals vs. Texas (12/16) ... hit .382 in the NCAA Finals, the third-best mark in the 25-point rally scoring era ... led the team in kills 13 times, posting double-digits 24 times and 15 or more kills nine times ... recorded a career-best 20 kills on two occasions, including at Purdue (10/8) and in the University Park Regional Final vs. Duke (12/11) ... tallied 230 digs (1.89 digs per set) for the season... had five or more digs 23 times ... had five double-doubles, including 12 kills with no errors and a personal-best 16 digs at Wisconsin (9/26) ... registered 84 total blocks for the season with at least one block in 31 matches ... debuted with a career-best six blocks at North Carolina (8/27) ... recorded 23 aces for the season, with at least one ace in 18 matches.

High School
Four-year letterwinner at Dupont Manual Magnet ... named Miss Kentucky Volleyball, Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and an Under Armour All-American ... earned a third place finish at the 2006 USA Junior Olympic Championships ... named MVP and won a gold medal at USAV High Performance Championships ...placed fifth and was selected to the All-Tournament Team at 2007 USA Junior Olympic Championships ... selected "Freshman 59," "Top 50 Junior Recruits" and ranked seventh on "Senior Aces" ... First Team Kentucky All-State ... named to the 2008 USAV Youth National Training Team and was a 2009 USAV Youth National Team Invitee ... was a four-time AAU All-American ... Volleyball Magazine "30 Underclassmen to Watch" ... 2009 JVDA National Champions and selected to JVDA All-Tournament team.

Born Deja Monique McClendon on June 27, 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... parents are Roger and Suzanne McClendon ... has two brothers, Marquis (15) and Jordan (12), and one sister, Maya (17) ... father, Roger, played basketball for Cincinnati ... majoring in communications with plans to become a magazine editor ... names painting as her hobby, "The Catcher in the Rye" as her favorite book, Beyonce as her favorite entertainer, "Greys Anatomy" as her favorite TV show, the Celtics as her favorite professional sports team, "The Departed" as her favorite movie, Dwayne Wade as her favorite athlete, Jude Law as her favorite actor, Megan Good as her favorite actress and chicken fingers as her favorite food.

McClendon's Expectations
"My expectation for the 2013 is for our team to work hard like we always do, but I want us to put in more time in film, outside of practice and more time as teammates. I'm also expecting our team to be smarter as players because we've been on the court for a while."


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