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Penn State opens the 2012 season at the Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville
The Nittany Lions will face eight teams ranked in the top 25 during the 2012 season
Nittany Lions less than one month away from season-opener
Played in 29 matches during the 2013 season, starting seven matches ... Earned Penn State Invitational All-Tournament Team honors for her performance against Syracuse and Louisville... Registered nine kills and two digs in her first collegiate appearance for the Nittany Lions against Syracuse (8/31) ... Hit double-digits against No. 19 Louisville (8/31), posting 10 kills, while also racking up three digs and three blocks, including one solo block ... Ranked second on the team with 18 kills at No. 6 Texas (9/8), adding two block assists ... Recorded nine kills on .471 hitting with one dig and a block assist against No. 8 Florida (9/8) ... Recorded seven kills, one assist and one block against Marquette (9/13) ... Totaled two kills, one dig and one block against Central Arkansas (9/14) ... Registered five kills, one assist, two digs and three blocks at FGCU (9/14) ... Tallied two kills against Albany (9/20) ... Pounded two kills and one dig against No. 15 Michigan State (9/27) ... Saw action on the court against Michigan (9/28) ... Recorded one kill, one dig and one block at Indiana (10/3) ... Notched one kill at No. 24 Purdue (10/5) ... Posted one block against No. 11 Minnesota (10/9) ... Saw action on the court against No. 19 Wisconsin (10/12). ... Notched four kills and an assist at Illinois (10/18) ... Set a career high in service aces with two at Northwestern (10/20), adding two kills and two digs ... Had three kills against No. 14 Purdue (11/8) ... Matched a career-high mark with three solo blocks against Indiana (11/8), adding four kills ... Played at No. 11 Minnesota (11/16) ... Totaled one dig against Northwestern (11/22) ... Played against No. 20 Illinois (11/23) ... Posted one ace and one dig at Ohio State (11/27) ... Notched a service ace at No. 10 Nebraska (11/30) ... Saw action on the court against LIU Brooklyn (12/6) ... Tallied one kill against Utah (12/7) ... Played against Michigan State (12/13) ... Had five kills and one ace vs. Stanford (12/14) ... Recorded one dig in the NCAA national semifinal match against No. 3 Washington (12/19) ... Pounded two kills in the national title match against No. 12 Wisconsin (12/21).
Letterwinner and three-year team captain at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Fla. ... helped her high school to Miami Dade District 16 Championship five years in a row and the Regional Championship in 2008 ... three-time All-Miami Dade County First Team selection ... two-time Miami Herald Player of the Year ... was a member of the Florida Region Junior High Performance Team, named Best Attacker of the High Performance Championships ... named Florida Coaches 2A First Team All-State selection ... Freshman of the Year finalist ... Top 79 Sophomore ... selected to the Junior Olympics 16 Open All-Tournament Team ... named a Top 50 Recruit as a junior ... AAU All-American ... member of the USA Youth National Team, which competed in the World Championships in Ankara, Turkey and placed ninth ... ranked No. 7 in her class by PrepVolleyball.com ... received "La Copa Dorada" as one of 70 most outstanding Hispanic Athletes in Florida.
Born Paulina Prieto Cerame on Jan. 25, 1994 in San Juan, Puerto Rico ... parents are Carlos Rodriguez and Maria Cerame ... has two sisters, Nashali Prieto (15) and Carola Rodriguez (6) ... undecided on a major ... plans to play professionally overseas and hopes to become a member of the U.S. Women's National Team ... names reading, going to the beach, eating and relaxing as her favorite hobbies, "A Course in Miracles" as her favorite book, "Friends" as her favorite television show, the U.S. Women's National Team as her favorite professional sports team, "Eat, Pray, Love" as her favorite movie, Michael Jordan as favorite athlete and sushi, shrimp and Puerto Rican food as her favorite foods.
Prieto Cerame's Expectations
"After being here for a year already, I have many more expectations for myself. As a team, I think we have pretty much the same team coming back and we have the same amount of talent. Last season we had some moments where we chose to be great, but this season I want to see the things we have been doing in the spring and summer come out on the court."