Bridgette  Villano

8Bridgette Villano


Davie, Fla.

High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.




  • Kills: 1, 3x (last vs. Georgia, 9/27/15)
  • Attacks: 4 (Cleveland State, 8/30/14)
  • Hitting Pct.: --
  • Assists: 8 (Cleveland State, 9/2/16)
  • Aces: 4 (Cincinnati, 8/26/16)
  • Solo Blocks: --
  • Block Assists: --
  • Total Blocks: --
  • Digs: 28, 2x (last vs. South Carolina, 10/18/15)

AS A SENIOR (2016)

  • Had 11 digs against Cincinatti and 12 digs against Middle Tennessee during the DISH Tennessee Classic
  • Earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team during the DISH Tennessee Classic
  • Earned All-Tournament honors during the Cleveland State Tournament in Ohio with 61 digs throughout 3 matches
  • Had 30 digs throughout 2 matches during the Holiday Inn West Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Had 12 assists and 32 digs throughout 3 matches during the GW Invitational
  • Had 10 digs during the SEC opening weekend against Mississippi State and Georgia
  • Had 2 aces and 13 digs against South Carolina on 9/28/16
  • Had 8 digs versus Florida on 10/2/16
  • Had 6 digs versus Ole Miss on 10/14/16
  • Had 10 digs against Arkansas on 10/16/16

AS A JUNIOR (2015)

  • Played libero in the first 26 matches of the year before suffering a season-ending knee injury against LSU (Oct. 30). She led the team with 4.52 digs per set (425 total) and had 14 aces (0.11 aces/set).
  • Named MVP of the DISH Tennessee Volleyball Classic (5.0 digs/set)
  • Recorded a career-high 27 digs against Wofford on Sept. 11
  • Had three aces against Jacksonville on Sept. 12
  • Led the team in both digs and digs/set


  • 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 digs, 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


  • 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)


  • 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's top 250 recruits in the class of 2013
  • Two-time 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


  • Majoring in political science
  • 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 7, 1995 in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Recipient of the James R. and Beverly A. Farrell Volleyball Scholarship


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