#12 - Danielle Bletso
Position: MB
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Boardman, Ohio
High School: Boardman
Height: 6-2
Major: Early Childhood Education

AS A JUNIOR (2010)
Selected All-Sunshine State Conference SecondTeam…AVCA All-South Region HonorableMention…Competed in all 29 matches…Played in105 sets…Blasted down 223 kills (2.12 K/S)…Aced 19serves…collected 13 assists…Accumulated 63 digs (0.60D/S)…Led team with 94 blocks (0.90 B/S), including 23 soloand 71 assisted…Had seven double-digit killperformances…Set career-high with 18 kills against ValdostaState (11/05/10)…Totaled a career-high nine blocks in 3-2win over Florida Tech (10/08/10)...Assembled three service acesagainst Regis (09/10/10).

Bletso concluded 2009 with multiple accolades, including beingnamed to the Daktronics All-South Region Second Team and All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team…She was also namedSSC Player of the Week twice (10/19/09, 11/02/09) and Saint LeoUniversity Athlete of the Week two times (11/16/09,11/23/09)…On the season, Bletso competed and started in all34 contests and participated in 116 games… she led the teamand Sunshine State Conference  in blocks with 119 (1.03blk/s), including a career-best 19 solo blocks…She had aseason-high eight total blocks game against Harding (10/17/09) andfinished 46th in the country in blocks per set  (1.03b/s)… Bletso finished the season with career-best 21 serviceaces and a .906 serving percentage…She finished forth on theteam in kills with a career-high 270…She accumulated a.335attack percentage and had 10, double-digit kill performances whiletying a career-high for kills in a game with 16 against BemidjiState (09/04/09)…Bletso finished fifth in the SSC and 47thin the country in hitting percentage (0.335).

Bletso made an immediate impact in the Lions rotation playing in 37of the 40 games…She started in 30 of the Lions’matches and competed in a total 113 games…She concluded theseason with 218 kills (1.93 k/g) and had a .376 attackpercentage…She had one service ace and eightassists…On the defensive side of the ball, Bletso came upwith 11 digs and was second on the team in blocks with 109,averaging just a tick under one block per game (0.96b/g)…Her 18 solo blocks was also second on the team and her91 block assists was good enough for third on thesquad…Bletso’s 0.96 blocks per game ranked her 72nd inthe country and her .376 hitting percentage ranked her 11thoverall…She had eight contests of 10 or more kills includingfour straight to close out the season…She set her careerhigh in kills against Rollins (11/2/08) with 16…The middleblocker also made her presence known against Lynn (10/3/08) whenshe totaled a career-high 10 blocks…In total, she had10  matches of four or more blocks…Her efforts on thecourt earned her numerous accolades including AVCA South RegionFreshman of the Year. Sunshine State Conference Freshman of theyear and was member of the SSC All-Freshman team…She wasalso named SSC Player of the Week on Nov. 17.

Bletso played four seasons at Boardman HS...She was named highschool varsity MVP…Was named to the All-Federalleague…Named district Player of the Year...Played club forTri-County Volleyball under the leadership of Curt Cosner.

Born October 28th in Youngstown, OH…Early ChildhoodEducation major…Lists beach volleyball as her favoritehobby…Her career goal is to become a teacher and win anational championship…She lists Keri Walsh as her favoriteathlete...Daughter of Robert and Barbara Bletso...Has threesiblings, Chris, Craig, and Nicole.