Blazers, Noles play first sanctioned collegiate sand volleyball match
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Competed in all 32 matches and made 16 starts...saw game action in 115 of 118 sets...just shy of 200 kills for the season with 193...connected for 1.68 kills per frame...hit at a .236 attacking clip for the season...totaled 71 swats and 22 digs...five matches of 10+ kills...hit .400 or better in eight matches...recorded seven matches with four-or-more blocks...tied a career-high with 13 kills vs. Marshall on a .458 (13k-2e-24ta) hitting clip in a victory on Sept. 23...registered a career-best .600 (12k-0e-20ta) attacking percentage in a four-set win at Creighton on Sept. 17...swatted a career-best seven blocks at Kennesaw State on Sept. 10...hit .467 with seven kills on 15 attacks with no errors in a 3-1 victory over UTEP on Nov. 6.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010) Played in 24 matches with five starts in her first season at UAB ... ranked fourth on the team with a 0.65 blocks-per-set average ... also managed 1.61 kills per frame ... reached double-figure kills four times and posted a season-best 13 kills Nov. 19 against UTEP ... hit for a season-high .522 percentage in that match with just one error in 23 total attempts ... collected a season-high 7.0 blocks Oct. 22 at UCF and reached 6.0 blocks in two other matches.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009 AT GEORGIA) Saw her first college action in 2009 after redshirting during her first collegiate season in 2008 ... played in 23 matches, tallying 49 kills and 12 blocks ... earned Dean's List honors during Georgia's 2009 Maymester.
HIGH SCHOOL A standout at Thompson High School for coach Carla Ragland ... a two-time all-state and all-county performer ... named her team's offensive MVP for three years ... selected to USA Volleyball's Youth National A2 Team in 2007 ... was named a PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace in 2008 as one of the top 250 players in the country.
PERSONAL Erin Michele Simmons ... born Jan. 3, 1990 in Louisville, Ky. ... daughter of Vincent and Rosalind Simmons ... has two sisters, Kristyn and Lauren ... majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations.