Nittany Lions less than one month away from season-opener
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, and one brother, Declan ... sister Lainy is a freshman on the PSU squad ... father, Robert, played volleyball at Penn State from 1985-89 ... mother, Kiernan, was a member of the Penn State track & field team from 1984-89 ... undecided on a major ... names playing indoor and beach volleyball and practicing with her dad's men's teams as her hobbies, "The Kite Runner", "Water for Elephants" and "Dear John" as favorite books, "Criminal Minds," "How I Met Your Mother," "Glee" and "Lost" 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."