SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016: Earned the team's Most Valuable Player award...only Falcon to play in all 115 sets...member of the starting rotation for 22 matches...became just the fourth Air Force player in Division I history to record more than 400 kills in a season...ranked third on the program's all-time DI list with 410...also debuted on the program's DI single-season list for points (470.5, third) and service aces (33, 10th tie)...collected a career-high 24 kills against San Jose State...also surpassed the 20-kill plateau against Montana State (23), Colgate (23), Cal State Fullerton (22) and Jacksonville State (21)...reset the Clune Arena record for kills in a match three times...led the squad in kills during 13 contests, while tying for the team lead in five others...posted a season-best hitting percentage of .374 at Cal State Fullerton (22k-4e-48a)...registered at least 20 points during nine matches, highlighted by a 25.5-point performance against San Jose State...accounted for a career-best five service aces against Grand Canyon...added 49 blocks (six solo, 43 assisted) and 79 digs...matched career high with two solo blocks against Fresno State...equaled that tally one week later at Colorado State...assisted on a season-high three blocks five times (Georgetown, at Fresno State, New Mexico, at San Diego State, at Utah State)...posted a career-high six digs against Grand Canyon, Cal State Fullerton and Colgate...named MVP of the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic...also named to the all-tournament team of the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic...academic all-conference selection.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015: Saw action in 110 sets...member of the starting rotation for nine matches...ranked fourth on team with 176 kills...registered a season-high 14 kills against Army...also tallied double-digit kills against Nevada (12) and Montana State (10)...hit at least .400 in all three of those matches, including a .467 against the Bobcats (10-3-15)...led the team in kills against Nevada...ranked third on the team with a .207 hitting percentage (176k-84e-444a)...combined for 62 blocks (seven solo, 55 assisted)...that total was tied for fourth on the team...registered a season-high two solo stops against UNLV and again at New Mexico...posted seven assisted stops against Weber State...led the team in blocks three times...also accounted for 30 digs, 11 assists and 11 service aces...tallied a season-high five digs against San Jose State and again at Utah State...notched a pair of assists at Wyoming...recorded a season-best three aces during both matches against New Mexico...named to the Mountain West All-Star Team that competed at the European Global Challenge in Croatia...academic all-conference selection.
PRIOR TO AIR FORCE: Attended Texas Woman's University during the 2014-15 academic year...was a starter for the Pioneers' volleyball team (18-10)...became just the second TWU player to earn AVCA All-America (honorable mention) status...selected as the AVCA South Central Region Freshman of the Year...also claimed first-team all-region honors from the AVCA...first-team all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Byron Nelson High School...coached by Libby Pacheco...three-year starter on the varsity team...named a TGCA All-Star in 2014...earned MVP honors in 2013...named District 5-4A Most Valuable Blocker that year...member of the 2013 squad that won the district championship and advanced to the regional quarterfinals...served as team captain that year...earned academic all-state and academic all-district honors...finished within the top six-percent of the Class of 2014...graduated with a 3.89 overall GPA...maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA as a junior and senior...member of the National Honor Society...CollegeBoard AP Scholar...competed at the club level for Tejas 18 UA...coached by Sean Kirakofe...member of four teams that qualified to the Junior National Championships...member of the 2014 team that won the Disney National Qualifier (open division).
PERSONAL: Full name is Elizabeth Stacey Pennington...daughter of Jim Pennington and Wendy Gibson...has one older sister and younger twin siblings...majoring in systems engineering...hobbies include singing, reading, playing beach volleyball and spending time with family and friends...has a grandfather and uncle that served in the Air Force, as well as a cousin that served in the Navy...greatest personal moment in sports came from winning the Disney National Qualifier in 2014...completed Operation Air Force at McGuire AFB, N.J., over the summer...also served as an Element Leader during Basic Cadet Training...member of Cadet Squadron 05.
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