2007: Appeared in a career-high 30 matches, including all 20 Big Ten contests... Academic All-Big Ten selection... Made move from outside hitter to defensive specialist... Third on the team with 2.10 digs per game (183 total)... Her digs average in conference play increased to 2.31... Also added a career-best 23 assists and nine aces... Had seven double-digit dig efforts, all in Big Ten play, including a career-high 13 against Northwestern (10/3)... Added a career-best six assists in MSU's upset at Wisconsin (11/2)... Earned third varsity letter.
2006: Saw action in 22 matches, including 14 Big Ten Conference contests to earn second varsity letter... Academic All-Big Ten selection... Tallied a career-high nine kills on 15 attempts (.533) vs. Villanova (9/1) at the Spartan Invitational... Contributed eight kills in non-conference sweep against Oakland (9/12)... Turned in top defensive performance of the year with four total blocks against Illinois (10/28) in Big Ten play... Tallied four kills and one total block in NCAA Tournament opening-round loss to Utah (12/1).
2005: Played in nine matches to earn first varsity letter... Saw first collegiate action against Ball State (9/3), posting one dig... Recorded two kills in 3-1 victory vs. Miami (Fla., 9/17)... Posted one kill and one block assist vs. Illinois (10/28)... Saw action vs. Purdue (10/29) and Ohio State (11/26).
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner for coach Reay Zoellner at Lutheran High Northwest... Garnered team MVP honors during sophomore, junior and senior seasons... Posted 13.2 kills per match during senior year, adding 7.9 digs per match and 82 aces... Also competed for the track team where she was the state high jump champion during her junior and finished second her senior season.
CLUB: Competed for Total Performance Volleyball in 2004 and Michigan Elite Volleyball 18's in 2005... Member of squad that captured 2005 Lakeshore Invitational as well as the Junior Olympic Girls Invitational... Was honored as the Junior Olympic Girls Invitational 18 & Under Club Most Valuable Player in 2005.
PERSONAL: Full name is Heather Ann McDaniel... Daughter of Mark and Cynthia McDaniel... A kinesiology major.