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NC A&T Volleyball BIO
11 Aleena McDaniel

Was a 2014 All-MEAC Academic team selection for the second straight season…Continued to thrive on the offensive end for the Aggies in 2014 … She is a two-time All-MEAC Academic team member…Earned a selection in the Pre-Matriculation program for biology before entering college as a freshman…Also worked at Indiana University as a STEM research intern…. Was the Aggies’ offensive leader during the 2013 season as she earned third-team All-MEAC honors … Was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season and received all-tournament honors at the Radford Invitational and the UNC Wilmington Volleyball Classic …McDaniel brings a high level of volleyball knowledge and experience to the Aggies…She was a starter on the nationally-ranked Brebeuf Jesuit High team and a starter for the highly accomplished Team Indiana volleyball club…Head coach Hal Clifton says she adds an awesome presence to the right side with her ability to attack and block and that McDaniel will also see some time in the middle. In 88 matches and 308 sets played, McDaniel has recorded 699 kills (2.27 per set), 2,447 attempts, 629 digs (2.04 per set) and 67 (0.22 per set) services aces.

2014 Season: Played in 28 matches with 24 starts in 99 sets played … Was second on the team in kills (223/2.25 per set) and fourth in digs (205/2.07 per set) … Finished with 39 blocks (0.39 per set), 19 assists, and 14 aces … Tallied seven double-doubles … Recorded double-figure kills 13 times and double-digit digs nine times …Had a career-high 17 kills to go along with 10 digs in a five-set loss at Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 3 … Finished with 16 kills twice in matches against The Citadel on Sept. 5 and Alabama A&M on Sept. 13 at Moore Gymnasium where she also had 13 digs … Posted 13 kills and a career-high 19 digs in a five set loss at N.C. Central on Oct. 26… Recorded a season-high six blocks in a three-set win at Savannah State on Oct. 12 … Had double-doubles in back-to-back matches with 14 kills and 11 digs in a four-set loss to Florida A&M at Moore Gymnasium before posting 10 kills and 11 digs in a five-set win over Bethune-Cookman at Moore.

2013 Season: Played and started in all 32 matches and competed in 107 sets … Led A&T in kills (280), averaging 2.62 per set and was second on the team in digs (256), averaging 2.39 per set … Tallied 29 blocks, 18 service aces and nine assists … Posted five double-doubles … Led the Aggies with 13 double figure kills matches … Recorded six matches with 15 or more kills and four matches with 12 or more digs … Posted a career-high 17 kills twice, once against Alabama State along with 10 digs to help A&T secure its first non-conference win since 2010 and against S.C. State on Oct. 11 with a career-high 18 digs … Tallied three consecutive games in double figure kills beginning with 13 at N.C. Central on Sept. 27, 15 at Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 4 and 11 at Florida A&M on Oct. 6 … Hit .500 with 12 kills on 22 attacks with one error against N.C. Central on Oct. 25 … Tallied a career-high five blocks against Eastern Kentucky on Aug. 31 …Registered a career-high four service aces at Savannah State on Nov. 8 … Helped A&T to its most wins in a season since the 2008 season.

2012 Season: Played in 28 matches over 102 sets with 22 starts…Tallied 196 kills in 679 total attacks for a .087 hitting percentage…Had eight assists, 35 service aces, 168 digs and 27 total blocks…Was third on the team in points (245.0) and digs …Finished second on the team in kills, total attacks and aces…Ranked 8th in the MEAC and 67th in the nation with 0.34 aces per set…Had her first career double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs, and posted season highs in hitting percentage (.233) and service aces at Campbell on Sept. 22…Posted her second double-double on Oct. 5 against Bethune-Cookman with 11 kills and 15 digs… Led the team in kills in all three matches at the Western Carolina Catamounts Classic…On Aug. 31 against Chicago State, she posted 15 kills in a season-high 50 attacks…Her 15 kills at Chicago State also tied Aprill McRae for most kills in a 4-set match in 2012…Ended the Coppin State Invitational with 32 kills, four aces and 14 digs…Set a new season-best with 16 kills on Sept. 28 against N.C. Central…Tallied a season-best 15 digs against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 5…Had four aces in the win against Savannah State on Oct. 14, and a season-high four blocks on Nov. 2 at Florida A&M…She matched a season-high with 16 kills and set a season-best with 17.0 points at Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 4…Tallied eight double-figure kills matches, and four double-figure dig matches…Led the team in kills six times, in digs once, in aces 11 times, and in blocks once.

High School: Played three varsity seasons at Brebeuf Jesuit ...During her time there, she was a starter on Brebeuf Jesuit's nationally-ranked team ...Named first-team all-county and second-team all-state as a senior in 2011...Named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team in 2010...Helped Brebeuf Jesuit win the 2009 State Championship title...A year later, the team was the state runner-up...Helped her Team Indiana 18-and-under Elite club team place third at the 2010 AAU Nationals.

Personal: Full name is Aleena Patrice McDaniel...She is the daughter of Maurice and Patricia McDaniel...Has two siblings, Ryan and Sydney...Majors in biology/pharmacy, and was born on December 28, 1993...Plans to have a career as a pharmacist and volleyball coach...Also plays the violin...Member of the Students Taking Responsibility Against Poverty club.

Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Brebeuf Jesuit
Club: Team Indiana
Major: Biology/Pharmacy
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