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Eight post perfect 4.0 GPAs during 2014-15 academic year
The Nittany Lions face No. 16 seed Kentucky in the Regional Semifinals
Penn State hosts Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.
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
2015 (Senior): Had two digs in her first collegiate start at libero against Buffalo (8/28) ... Had one ace and five digs against Villanova (8/29) ... Recorded two digs against No. 21 Colorado (9/4) ... Highlighted the Golden Dome Invitational with two digs at Notre Dame (9/12) ... Recorded two aces and two digs against St. John's (9/19) ... Matched a season-high mark with five digs against No. 16 Wisconsin (9/23) ... Logged a career-high 10 digs at No. 13 Illinois (10/9)... Registered one ace and eight digs against Indiana (10/16) ... Tallied eight digs at No. 23 Michigan (10/21) ... Tied for third on the team with nine digs at Michigan State (10/24)... Recorded eight digs against No. 11 Ohio State (10/30).
2015 Honors: Co-president of Athletes Take Action, an anti-bullying program for middle school students ... Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
2014 (Junior): Saw action in 37 of the team's 39 matches, totaling 47 digs and four aces ... Played in all three matches in a 3-0 opening weekend, highlighting the weekend with two digs against William & Mary (8/30) ... Had two digs against UCLA (9/6) ... Set a new season-high mark with three digs against Yale (9/13) ... Notched one kill and one ace at No. 16 Minnesota (9/27) ... Had two digs at No. 14 Purdue (10/17), at Indiana (10/18) and at Northwestern (11/26) ... Posted two aces and three digs in the NCAA second round match against Dayton (12/6) ... Logged three digs in the NCAA regional final match against Wisconsin (12/13) ... Had a career-high five digs in the NCAA national semifinal match against Stanford (12/18) ... Recorded two digs in the NCAA national title match against BYU (12/20).
2014 Honors: 2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2013 (Sophomore): Played in 35 matches during the 2013 season, recording seven aces and 21 digs ... Recorded an ace against Syracuse (8/31) ... Saw action on the court against No. 19 Louisville (8/31) ... Had one dig against No. 6 Texas (9/7) ... Notched one service ace against No. 8 Florida (9/8) ... Saw the court in matches against Marquette (9/13) and Central Arkansas (9/14) ... Tallied one ace and two digs at FGCU (9/14) ... Picked up her fourth ace of the season against Albany (9/20) ... Registered a dig against Eastern Kentucky (9/21) ... Recorded three digs against Yale (9/21) ... Notched two digs against No. 15 Michigan State (9/27) and one service ace against No. 10 Michigan (9/28) ... Saw action on the court at Indiana (10/3) and at No. 24 Purdue (10/5) ... Recorded a service ace and one dig against No. 11 Minnesota (10/9) ...Saw action on the court against No. 19 Wisconsin (10/12) ... Posted one dig and one assist at Illinois (10/18) ... Saw action on the court against No. 24 Ohio State (10/23) ... Played against Iowa (10/26) ... Saw action on the court at No. 17 Michigan (11/1) and at No. 14 Michigan State (11/2) ... Saw action on the court against No. 14 Purdue (11/8) ... Tallied one dig against Indiana (11/9) ... Recorded one ace and two digs at No. 14 Wisconsin (11/15) ... Saw action on the court at No. 11 Minnesota (11/16) ... Played against Northwestern (11/22) and against No. 20 Illinois (11/23) ... Totaled three digs at Ohio State (11/27) ... Saw action on the court at No. 10 Nebraska (11/30) ... Totaled three digs against LIU Brooklyn (12/6) and one against Utah (12/7) ... Played against Michigan State (12/13) and No. 7 Stanford (12/14) ... Saw time on the court in the NCAA title match against No. 12 Wisconsin (12/19).
2012 (Freshman):Saw action in 18 matches and 29 sets as a serving and defensive specialist ... had nine aces for the season and seven digs ... made her collegiate debut against Morehead State (8/24) ... posted two aces vs. Illinois (11/8) ... tallied two aces against Bowling Green (12/1).
Three-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Eden Junior-Senior High School in Eden, N.Y. ... led her team to ECIC and Sectional Championships four times and the State Championship three times ... was a two-time All-WNY First Team honoree ... named MVP at State Championship and Eden MVP during her senior year ... also lettered in track & field ... two-time second place finisher in pentathlon at sectionals ... six-time Student of the Month ... President of the National Honor Society and the Student Council.
Born Kendall Adair Pierce on March 21, 1994 in Glarus, Switzerland ... parents are Robert and Kiernan Pierce ... has one sister, Lainy (18), and one brother, Declan (16) ... father, Robert, played volleyball at Penn State from 1985-89 ... mother, Kiernan, was a member of the PSU track & field team from 1984-89 ... sister, Lainy is a freshman on the women's volleyball team ... majoring in health policy and administration with a minor in communication and Sciences ... names reading a great book, doing Pinterest crafts with Megan and playing with her kitten, Zilli as her favorite hobbies... "The Kite Runner," "Water for Elephants" and "A Fault in our Stars" as favorite books, "Criminal Minds," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Grey's Anatomy" as her favorite television shows, "The Sandlot," "The Lion King" and "A League of Their Own" as her favorite movies, Alyssa D'Errico as her favorite athlete, Ben Affleck and Zooey Deschanel as favorite actors and Chinese as favorite food.
"I think we have the best advantage right now out of all the teams. We have a senior class that knows what it takes to win a national championship and we have our next two classes that know what it feels like to get close, so we know what it takes to get back there. We also know how hard we are going to have to work to get to the national championship this year."
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