Savannah Banyai
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Savannah  Banyai

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chandler, Ariz.

High School:
Hamilton

Height:
5-10

Position:
DS

Club Team:
East Valley Juniors

06/27/2013

Air Force Welcomes Three to Class of 2017

Savannah Banyai, Collette Foster and Lauren Ossolinski entered the Academy as the Class of 2017.


SENIOR YEAR | 2016: Team captain.

JUNIOR YEAR | 2015: Saw action in 14 sets...registered three aces, five digs and one assist...collected an ace and a dig in season debut against Montana...accounted for a season-high two digs at Fresno State and again in the regular season finale with New Mexico...also recorded lone assist at Fresno State.

SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2014: Saw action in 59 sets...recorded first collegiate kill in season debut against Marist...also accounted for a season-best three digs in that match...matched that dig total in contests against Omaha, UNLV and Nevada...recorded a service ace against Houston Baptist.

FRESHMAN YEAR | 2013: Played in three sets...made collegiate debut at home against Utah Valley...also saw action in two sets at Utah State...accumulated no statistics.

HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Hamilton High School...coached by Sharon Vanis...received the 2013 Husky Award, which is awarded by the coaching staff for character and leadership, both on and off the court...member of the 2010 Hamilton team that finished second at the Arizona 5A State Championships...the runner-up finish happened during the program's first-ever appearance at the state tournament...that team also earned Hamilton's first ranking in the Top 100 (#56)...member of the 2011 squad that earned the school's best finish (third) at the Nike Tournament of Champions...also played on teams that advanced to the state's final four in 2012 and finished fifth in 2013...three-time Student of the Month award recipient...earned three academic letters for maintaining a GPA above 3.8...three-year member of the National Honor Society...competed at the club level for East Valley Juniors (18s)...coached by Brian Hosfeld and Mindy Williams...finished sixth in the state, despite having just six players remaining in final tournament..."we rotated like a YMCA team, everyone played every position; it was the most fun I've ever had playing volleyball in my life"...played four years (14-17) for Aspire Volleyball Club.

PERSONAL: Full name is Savannah Elizabeth Banyai...nickname is "Sav"...daughter of Chris and Peggy Banyai...father played soccer at Hope College and mother played volleyball at Grand Canyon University...has two younger siblings, Ryan and Kayla...majoring in operations research...future plans included becoming an intelligence officer ...currently serving as Executive Officer for squadron...has previously served as BCT II Element Leader (2015), squadron First Sergeant (2016) and BCT II Aggressors Squadron DO (2016)...hobbies including snowboarding, hiking and being with friends...loves dogs and breakfast food...grandfather was a flight surgeon and served two years as a colonel...completed a Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) at the National Security Agency (NSA)...was able to shadow David Recordon, the Director of White House IT...also worked the second session of Basic Cadet Training...member of Cadet Squadron 02.

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