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Simone Lee earns Player of the Year, Haleigh Washington earns Defensive Player of the Year, and Penn State places four on All-Big Ten teams
Penn State women's volleyball hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday
The Nittany Lions women's volleyball team heads to Iowa for a midweek match
Kendall White earned her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor
Penn State will recognize three seniors in regular-season finale
2013 (Senior): Slay's .403 hitting percentage ranks third in the Big Ten and 26th nationally, while her 1.68 blocks per set ranks third in the nation and leads the conference ... Had led the squad in blocking in 22 of 26 matches played in 2013 ... Has led the team in kills three times ... CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honoree ... Preseason All-Big Ten team ... Earned Penn State Invitational All-Tournament team honors ... Tied for second on the squad with five kills against Syracuse (8/31), while also recording a team-high five blocks ... Notched three kills against No. 19 Louisville (8/31), adding three blocks ... Recorded double-digit kills with 12 against No. 6 Texas (9/7), adding four blocks. Had four kills and three blocks against No. 8 Florida (9/8) ... Ranked second on the team with eight kills on .800 hitting against Marquette (9/13), adding a team-high four block assists ... Pounded six kills and a squad-best eight blocks, including two solo stuffs against Central Arkansas (9/14) ... Tied for first on the team with nine kills on 11 perfect swings for a season-high .818 hitting percentage against FGCU (9/14), while also tallying four blocks ... Tied for team leader with eight kills, adding three block assists against Albany (9/20) ... Led the squad with 11 kills against Eastern Kentucky (9/21), recording five blocks ... Logged eight kills, two digs and five blocks against Yale (9/21) ... Totaled 11 kills, two digs and six blocks against No. 15 Michigan State (9/27) ... Set a season-high mark with nine blocks against No. 10 Michigan (9/28), adding six kills ... Had five kills against Indiana (10/3), posting five blocks, ... Notched 11 kills at No. 24 Purdue (10/5) as well as one dig and eight blocks ... Matched a career-high mark with 16 kills against No. 11 Minnesota (10/9), totaling a season-high 10 blocks for her first double-double of the season ... Had six kills and eight blocks against No. 19 Wisconsin (10/12) ... Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her efforts against the Gophers and the Badgers ... Recorded 12 kills and four blocks at Illinois (10/18) ... Led the team with eight blocks at Northwestern (10/20) adding four kills ... Tied for team leader with five blocks against No. 24 Ohio State (10/23), adding three kills ... Led the team with six blocks against Iowa (10/26), adding five kills ... Led the team with seven blocks at No. 17 Michigan (11/1), adding four kills ... Notched five kills on .556 hitting, while also tallying five blocks at No. 14 Michigan State (11/2) ... Posted a team-high five blocks against No. 14 Purdue (11/8), tallying nine kills ... Led the team with five blocks against Indiana (11/9), adding six kills, on her way to Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Led the team with eight blocks at No. 14 Wisconsin (11/15), adding four kills ... Ranked first on the team with eight blocks at No. 11 Minnesota (11/16), tallying seven kills for her second consecutive Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor.
2012 (Junior): AVCA Second Team All-America ... Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-America ... AVCA Mideast Region ... All-Big Ten ... Preseason All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (8/27, 10/8, 11/26) ... Penn State Classic MVP ... played in 35 matches, starting 27, at middle hitter ... led the Nittany Lions in blocking with 164, averaging 1.34 blocks per set ... her 1.34 blocks per set led the Big Ten and ranked 27th nationally ... had at least one block in every match with 30 multiple block matches ... led the team in blocks 22 times ... led the team with a .462 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation ... finished the season third on the team in kills with 279, averaging 2.29 kills per set ... had double-digit kills 10 times ... had 10 kills in 21 errorless swings with seven blocks vs. Stanford (8/31) ... led the team with four blocks and had nine kills vs. Oregon State (9/8) ... had a match-high eight blocks vs. UIC (9/9) ... posted 10 kills on .600 hitting vs. Nebraska (9/19) ... had 12 kills and six blocks vs. Iowa (9/22) ... led the team with four blocks at Wisconsin (9/28) ... had nine kills on 13 swings vs. Minnesota (9/29) ... led the team with 11 kills and seven blocks at Northwestern (10/5) ... had 15 kills and seven blocks at Illinois (10/6) ... had nine kills on .750 hitting against Purdue (10/12) ... put up six blocks vs. Indiana (10/13) ... had 14 kills on .737 hitting at Ohio State (10/17) ... had seven kills and a career-high 12 blocks at Michigan (10/20) ... had eight kills on .800 hitting with four blocks at Iowa (10/24) ... put down 10 kills and had seven blocks at Nebraska (10/28) ... posted 11 kills and five blocks vs. Minnesota (11/2) ... led the team with five blocks vs. Illinois (11/8) ... had nine kills on 12 swings with five blocks at Indiana (11/16) ... led the team with five blocks vs. Kentucky (12/7) ... had seven kills against Minnesota (12/8).
2011 (Sophomore): AVCA Second Team All-America ... AVCA All-Mideast Region ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year ... First Team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/9, 10/3) ... Hampton Inn Classic MVP ... Preseason All-Big Ten ... started all 33 matches at middle hitter ... led the team in blocking with 173, averaging 1.42 blocks per set ... her 1.42 blocks per set led the Big Ten and ranked 13th nationally ... had at least two blocks in every match ... finished third on the team with 257 kills, averaging 2.11 kills per set with a team-best .386 hitting percentage ... her .386 hitting percentage ranked second in the league and 15th in the nation ... had double-digit kills nine times ... had 11 kills vs. Oregon (8/26) ... pounded a career-high 12 kills vs. USC (8/27) ... had five kills and six blocks vs. New Hampshire (9/3) ... tallied 11 kills at Stanford (9/9) ... posted eight blocks vs. Texas (9/10) ... had 27 kills on .561 hitting and 19 blocks in the Hampton Inn Classic (9/16-17) ... had six kills and four blocks against Nebraska (9/21) ... led the team with five blocks at Iowa (9/24) ... totaled 12 blocks in matches vs. Wisconsin (9/30) and Minnesota (10/1) ... had 10 kills and a team-best seven blocks vs. Illinois (10/8) ... led the team with four blocks at Purdue (10/14) ... tied for first on the team with five blocks at Indiana (10/15) ... had nine kills in sixteen errorless swings vs. Michigan (10/22) ... had 10 kills and a team-best six blocks vs. Iowa (10/28) ... had a team-best eight blocks vs. Nebraska (10/29) ... posted seven blocks at Minnesota (11/4) ... had 16 kills and six blocks at Wisconsin (11/6) ... had six blocks at Northwestern (11/12) ... led the team with seven blocks vs. Indiana (11/18) ... had nine kills and a team-best eight blocks vs. Purdue (11/19) ... tied for first on the team with five blocks vs. Delaware (12/3).
2010 (Freshman): Played in 23 matches, starting 11, and 52 sets ... totaled 54 kills on .404 hitting for the season ... had at least one kill in 21 matches, with a career-high 10 at Michigan State (11/6) ... registered a career-best attack percentage of .700 (7-0-10) at Michigan (11/5) ... was fifth on the team with 83 total blocks (1.60 blocks per set) ... led the team in blocks seven times ... had at least one block in 21 matches with 18 multiple-block matches ... posted a personal-best 10 blocks, including two solo stuffs, at Michigan (11/5) ... led the team with six blocks vs. Texas in the NCAA National Semifinals (12/16) ... had a match-high seven blocks against California in the National Championship (12/18).
Four-year varsity letterwinner and two-year captain at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C. ... three-time Cap-7 All-Conference honoree ... 2009 Cap-7 Conference Player of the Year... named Cap-7 Academic All-Conference three times ... 2008-09 Wakefield High Female Athlete MVP... First Team AVCA/Under Armour, ESPN RISE, Volleyball Magazine and PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American (2010)... Sports Imports - Fab 50 ... ranked No. 18 college recruit by PrepVolleyball.com ... named Raleigh News and Observer 2009 Volleyball Player of the Year ... as a member of Triangle's 18 Black club team, placed first in 18 Open Lone Star Qualifier and second in 18 Open Mid-East Qualifier (2009-10) ... named to the USA Women's Junior National Team sophomore and junior year ... won the NORCECA Continental Championship U-20 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico... four-year Lamp of Knowledge award winner ... member of National Honor Society... also lettered in basketball.
Born Kathleen Elizabeth Slay on Nov. 4, 1991 in Plano, Texas ... parents are Alan and Maureen Slay ... has one brother, Ryan (22) ... mother, Maureen, played basketball at Fairfield University ... majoring in communication sciences and disorders with plans to be a speech therapist ... names spending time with friends and watching movies as favorite hobbies, "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen as her favorite book, Dane Cook as her favorite entertainer, "Grey's Anatomy" as favorite TV show, "Just Friends" as her favorite movie, Ryan Reynolds as her favorite actor and Sandra Bullock as favorite actress and Nutella as favorite food.
"We're all really excited for this season because we've been working really hard. We returned a lot of the same people and we've had a lot of experience playing together. As seniors we know what to expect and so it's our job to pass that on to the freshmen and make sure that they know what's going on, too."