2010: Played in all 30 matches, drawing the start in 13 of them ... Named to the SEC Community Service team for the second year in a row for her efforts in the Ole Miss and Oxford communities ... Split time between setter and defensive specialist for the Rebels ... Posted a season-high 34 assists against Southern Miss (9/10) at the Magnolia Invitational ... Posted 12 double-digit dig performances on the year ... Came up with a season-high 18 digs against South Carolina (10/31) ... Tied a career-high with three service aces against Kentucky (11/19) ... Posted a pair of double-doubles (vs. Southern Miss - 9/10 and vs. UL-L - 9/11), both at the Magnolia Invitational to help the Rebels claim the title for the fourth straight year ...
2009: Appeared in 28 matches on the season, starting 17 as she earned her third letter ... Named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service team for her efforts in the community ... Tallied 578 assists on the year to lead the team and was second with a 6.49 assist per set average ... Posted 165 digs and 17 service aces, tied for second on the team with Morgan Springer ... Opened the season at setter before transitioning to defensive specialist primarily in the second half of the season ... Posted six double-doubles on the year ... Came up with a season-high 48 assists in a win over Southeast Missouri (9/11) ... Posted six double-digit dig performances with a season-high 15 digs against UAB (9/5) ... Put down a season-high four kills in back-to-back matches against Florida (9/18) and South Carolina (9/20) ... Came up with a season-high 4.0 blocks (4 BA) against Georgia Tech (9/12) at the Courtyard Classic ...
2008: Appeared in all 29 matches, starting 14 ... Spent most of the season playing a mixed role of setter and defensive specialist ... Tallied 233 digs, second-most of any returning player and averaged 2.31 digs per set ... Posted 10 double-digit dig performances, including a season-high 19 digs at UW-Milwaukee (8/29) to open the season ... Posted 18 digs at No. 23 Kentucky (10/19) ... Tied her season-high with four assists against SMU (9/13) and again at Arkansas (11/29) ... Put down a season-high seven kills at No. 23 Kentucky (10/19) and hit .208 ...
2007: Saw action in six matches for the Rebels, including the NCAA Tournament match against BYU ... Notched her first double-double against Prairie View A&M (9/7) at the SMU Radisson Invitational with 10 kills and 12 digs ... Hit .350 for the match with only three errors on 20 attempts ... Also recorded kills against Wright State (9/1) and Sam Houston State (9/8) ... NCAA TOURNAMENT: Saw action in one game against BYU in the first-round matchup ... Came up with two digs in the contest ...
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years under Barb and Mike Crist at Quincy Senior High ... Named All-State First Team by the Champaign News Gazette in 2006 as she helped lead her team to the Illinois Sweet 16 in class 2A ... Also Named All-State Second Team in 2005 and All-State Honorable Mention in 2004 ... Named Western Big 6 First Team in 2005 and 2006, while earning Honorable Mention Honors in 2004 ... Named MVP of the Quincy Early Bird Tournament in 2006 ... Named Quincy Herald Whig All-Area Player of the Year in 2005 and First Team in 2005 and 2004 ... Named Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2006 ... Was the team leader in kills in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... Also led the team in digs in 2004 and 2006 ... Led her team in service aces in 2005 and 2006 ... Finished her career with 1,046 kills, 832 digs and 156 service aces ... The 1,046 kills is the school record for kills in a career ... Also lettered two years in basketball and two years in track ... Set the school record in the 300-meter hurdles in 2004 and 2005 ...
CLUB EXPERIENCE: Played with the St. Louis CYC 17s in 2005-06 and Team Missouri in 2006 ... Played in the Mid-East Qualifier Championship in 2006 ...
PERSONAL: Daughter of Kirk and Barbara Kvitle ... Born July 6, 1989 ... Finished sixth in her class in high school ... Active in the National Honor Society and named Scholar Athlete in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... Earned the HOBY Award in 2004-05 ... Grandfather, Emil Verban, was a three-time National League All-Star selection (St. Louis 1945; Philadelphia 1946, 47) in a seven year career in Major League Baseball ... Cousin, Mariel Verban, was an All-American in tennis at Wake Forest and Georgia ... Cousin, Brian Verban, played tennis for Marquette ... Major is Exercise Science.
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