Penn State is now 74-26 all-time in NCAA Tournament play
Pronounced: Aye-yawn-uh Whitney
Lion Career 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 (16), and one sister, Anissa (21) ... 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", "The Office" and "True Blood" as favorite TV shows, the Dallas Cowboys as favorite professional sports team, "Avatar" as favorite movie, Kerry Walsh as favorite athlete, Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman as favorite actors and lasagna and macaroni & cheese as favorite foods.