2003 Academic All-Big Ten
2003: Played in 12 of the first 14 matches.... Career-high 20 kills and 40 attempts vs. American (9/20)... Tied career-best two service aces and 10 digs against American (9/20)... Recorded career-high three block assists against South Carolina (9/5)... Had 10 kills against both Villanova (8/29) and South Carolina (9/5)... Hit .333 against North Carolina (9/6)... Provided a big emotional lift off the bench in MSU's 3-1 loss at Minnesota Oct. 25... Averaged 2.18 kills per game... Notched a 1.88 digs per game average... Had seven total blocks, including two block solos, on the season... Academic All-Big Ten honoree... Named to Dean's List.
2002: Saw action in 11 matches and 17 games ... 12 digs and two service aces on the season ... six digs and three kills vs. Minnesota (11/16) ... a 2002 Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2001: Played in every game during the last 13 matches after seeing action in only four games through the first 16 matches ... played in 17 matches and 50 games overall ... totaled 93 digs, averaging 1.86 digs per game ... had career-high 14 digs vs. Illinois Nov. 23, and followed that with 11 digs vs. Indiana Nov. 24 ... averaged 2.56 digs per game in last 18 games ... also added seven assists and 10 service aces, including three aces in NCAA Tournament second-round match at Wisconsin and two aces Oct. 24 in victory against Michigan ... recorded three kills ... received Provost's Award as MSU's Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year.
High School: A 1999 and 2000 first-team Illinois All-State selection ... named to 1999 and 2000 all-area teams by the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Arlington Daily Herald ... played for coach Chris Trzyna ... set school record as a senior with a .419 hitting efficiency ... three-time volleyball MVP ... named to the 2000 Illinois High School Association All-Star team ... received Libertyville's Best Athlete award three times ... also starred on the basketball team ... recipient of the President's Award for Education Excellence.
Club Ball: Played for the Sky High Volleyball Club in 1996-2000 under the direction of coach Scott Harris and then moved to the Sports Performance Volleyball Club and coach Rick Butler ... 1999 USA Volleyball High Performance Camp MVP ... competed in USA junior nationals in 1998, 1999 and 2000 ... led 2001 AAU team to third-place national finish.
Personal: Born Diana Leigh Steplyk on March 20, 1983, in Lake Forest, Ill... Daughter of Dr. Tony and Judy Steplyk... Uncle, James Dennor, played first base for the Philadelphia Phillies... Sister, Hayley, is a freshman on the Dartmouth College volleyball team... Majoring in finance.
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