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Penn State will face Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Louisville
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 scheduled to play 15 matches at Rec Hall
Penn State is now 74-26 all-time in NCAA Tournament play
Pronounced: Aye-yawn-uh Whitney
2014 (Redshirt Junior): Played in every match during the 2014 season ... Earned second team AVCA All-America honors, as well as All-Big Ten honorable mention distinction ... Finished second on the team with 2.95 kills per set ... Her .353 hitting percentage closed out the year ranked fifth in the Big Ten ... Put down eight kills and three blocks in the season-opener against TCU (8/29) ... Tallied nine kills on nine perfect swings against the Tribe (8/30) ... Had seven kills on .583 hitting without any attack errors against UCLA (9/6) ... Put down double-digit kills in two matches at the Villanova Classic, highlighting the event with a then-season high 13 kills and six blocks against Kansas (9/13) ... Served up two aces against DePaul (9/19) ... Led the team with 13 kills on 18 errorless swings against UIC (9/20) ... Tallied eight kills at No. 5 Wisconsin (9/24), with a team-high six blocks ... Notched double-digit kills (12) and six blocks at No. 17 Minnesota (9/27) ... Set a career-high mark with seven blocks against No. 24 Northwestern (10/8), adding a team-high 12 kills on .500 hitting ... Led the team for the second consecutive outing with a season-high 15 kills against No. 15 Illinois (10/11) ... Led the team with 12 kills on .362 hitting against Michigan State (10/25) ... Posted a match-high 16 kills on .714 hitting against Iowa (11/12) ... Recorded 17 kills on .682 hitting against Minnesota (11/15) ... Had seven blocks at Maryland (11/22) ... Tallied 13 kills on .571 hitting in the NCAA regional semifinals against UCLA (12/13) ... Notched 16 kills against Wisconsin in the NCAA regional finals (12/13) ... Put down 10 kills in the NCAA national semifinals against Stanford (12/18) ... Tied for first on the team with 11 kills in the NCAA national finals against BYU (12/20).
Second Team AVCA All-American ... AVCA All-Northeast Region ... Louisville Regional All-Tournament ... All-Big Ten honorable mention .. Big Ten Player of the Week (11/17) ... Villanova Classic All-Tournament Team ... Penn State Alumni Classic MVP.
2013 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 21 matches during the season, recording three starts ... Tied for second on the team with six kills against Syracuse (8/31), on .455 hitting, recording three digs and two block assists ... Had one kill against No. 19 Louisville (8/31) ... Registered one kill and one block at No. 6 Texas (9/7) ... Recorded one kill against Marquette (9/13) ... Saw time on the court against Central Arkansas (9/14) ... Registered one kill, one dig and one block at FGCU (9/14) ... Set a season-high with seven kills against Albany (9/20), adding one dig and four blocks ... Notched two kills against Eastern Kentucky (9/21) and Yale (9/21) ... Saw action on the court against No. 15 Michigan State (9/27) ... Recorded two kills, one dig and two blocks against No. 11 Minnesota (10/9) ... Tallied three kills and one dig against No. 19 Wisconsin (10/12) ... Notched two kills and a dig at Illinois (10/18) ... Registered two kills against No. 24 Ohio State (10/23) ... Pounded five kills and one block against Iowa (10/26) ... Posted one dig at No. 17 Michigan (11/1) ... Notched one kill against Indiana (11/9) ... Saw time on the court against No. 14 Wisconsin (11/15)... Played at No. 10 Nebraska (11/30) ... Tallied two kills and one dig against LIU Brooklyn (12/6) ... Registered two kills against No. 7 Stanford (12/14).
2012 (Sophomore): Redshirt season.
2011 (Freshman): Saw action in 24 matches and 64 sets at outside hitter ... totaled 113 kills for the season and also recorded 14 digs and 25 blocks ... made collegiate debut against New Hampshire (9/3) and had six kills and two blocks ... put down 15 kills vs. Texas (9/10) ... pounded six kills vs. Long Island (9/16) ... had seven kills and three blocks vs. Rutgers (9/17) ... had nine kills on .353 hitting against Nebraska (9/21) ... pounded nine kills and had three blocks at Minnesota (11/4) ... totaled six kills at Illinois (11/11) ... had eight kills in 16 errorless swings vs. Delaware (12/3).
Four-year varsity letterwinner and captain at Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, N.J. ... was a three-time First team All-League, First Team All-County and two-time First Team All-State honoree ... selected as a First Team Under Armour All-American as a senior ... guided her team to three League Championships, two Bergen County Championships and the 2010 New Jersey State Championship ... 2011 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year.
Born Aiyana Tremayne Abukusumo-Whitney on April 6, 1993 in New York, N.Y. ... Parents are Alvin and Vanessa Whitney ... Has one brother, Khalil, and one sister, Anissa ... Uncle, Ubusuku Abukusumo, played soccer for the Columbus Crew from 1997-2000, competed on the USA U-20 Youth National Team/Olympic Pool Team in 1998-99 and the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Team in 1996 ... Uncle, Mochtar Abukusumo, played soccer earning All-America honors in 1992 and was part of the California Jaguars A League National ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Names singing and writing as hobbies, “The Secret Garden” as favorite book, Drake and Rihanna as favorite entertainers, “Glee,” “Scandal” and “Game of Thrones” as favorite TV shows, the Dallas Cowboys as favorite sports team, “Avatar” as favorite movie, Kerry Walsh as favorite athlete, Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman as favorite actor and actress, lists lasagna and macaroni & cheese as favorite foods.
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