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      Bridgette Villano
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Davie, Fla.

High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.

Height:
5-8

Position:
DS

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CAREER HIGHS
Kills: 1, 2x (MR vs. South Carolina, 11/19/14)
Attacks: 4 (vs. Cleveland State, 8/30/14)
Hitting Pct.: --
Assists: 7 (Mercer, 9/20/14)
Aces: 2 (vs. Loyola Maryland, 9/12/14)
Solo Blocks: --
Block Assists: --
Total Blocks: --
Digs: 24 (vs. Loyola Maryland, 9/12/14)
*Through November 29, 2014

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014)
    • Appeared in all 32 matches on the year for the Lady Vols, splitting time between libero and defensive specialist
    • Led the team in total digs (328) and ranked second on the squad in digs per set (3.01)
    • Finished the season ranked 15th in the SEC in digs per set at 3.01
    • Scooped up a career-high 24 digs in a 3-1 win over Loyola Maryland on Sept. 12
    • Closed the year with 15 matches of 10 or more kills, including five of 15+
    • Led UT in digs a team-high nine times in 2014
    • Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the season-opening Appalachian Invitational after recording 44 digs in three matches, including a 16-dig performance against Tennessee Tech on Aug. 30
    • Had 12 service aces on the season, including a season-best two against Loyola Maryland on Sept. 12
AS A FRESHMAN (2013)
  • Appeared in 29 matches, totaling 162 digs and a .936 reception percentage
  • Served up a career-best two aces against then No.25-ranked Mizzou (10/11)
  • Recorded 10 digs in UT's SEC home opener against South Carolina (9/29)
  • Tallied seven digs against Jacksonville State (9/21)
  • Posted four straight games with double-digit digs, including a career-best 17 against UNC-Asheville (9/06)
  • Scooped up two digs in UT's first three matches against Morehead State (8/30), Cincinnati (8/30), and Butler (8/31)

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB
  • Played high school volleyball at legendary St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she was a four-year letterwinner
  • Earned AVCA Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention and Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine third team All-American honors
  • Listed as one of PrepVolleyball.com's top 250 recruits in the class of 2013
  • Two-time PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandies honoree
  • Helped guide the Raiders to the Florida 7A State Championship match, finishing as the runner-up her senior year and a semifinalist her junior campaign
  • Won four district championships and two regional championships at St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Named a Broward Country Athletic Association All-Star and recipient of the Miami Herald Athlete of the Week Award her senior season

  • Earned Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald all-county honors as a junior
  • Played club with Boomers Volleyball Club, placing ninth at the 2011 AAU Nationals
  • In 2010, Villano helped Boomers place 15th at the AAU Nationals, won the Florida Regional Championship and picked up bronze at the Colorado Crossroads and the USA Volleyball Nationals
  • Also played sand volleyball
  • Two-year track & field letterwinner at St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Won the Florida 4A high jump and long jump district championship and placed 12th in the state championships in both events
  • Two-time Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald all-county honoree in track & field

PERSONAL
  • Majoring in sport management
  • Strives to win a NCAA National Championship and compete in the Olympics
  • Chose Tennessee because she wanted to be a part of something big and because of a positive experience in Knoxville while competing in Track & Field Nationals during high school
  • Picked the Lady Vols over offers from Maryland, Florida Southern and TCU

  • Modeled herself after Olympic athlete Lolo Jones because of her perseverance through adversity and her continuous fight for perfection
  • Has one younger brother, Braedon (15), and two younger sisters, Brooklynne (13) and Bria (4)
  • Bridgette Michele Villano, the daughter of Christopher and Michele Villano, was born on March 3, 1995 in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Recipient of the James R. and Beverly A. Farrell Volleyball Scholarship
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