16 Mandy Daniels
16 Mandy Daniels
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: University HS '05
Position: L/DS
Experience: 3L

2007: Daniels was a stabilizing force in the back row throughout the 2007 season for the Eagles and, as a result of her outstanding play throughout the season, she was named the Big Sky Conference's Libero of the Year. She became the first Eagle to ever earn sole LOY accolades (Andrea Verdoljak shared honors in 2004). She also earned honorable mention accolades from the league. Daniels secured one school record and nearly had another in an incredible year for the libero. She finished 2007 with 4.81 digs per game, easily breaking the previous school record of 4.62, then held by Andrea Verdoljak, who posted that average in 2005. Daniels' outstanding digs per game rate placed her second among Big Sky players in 2007 and 104th in the NCAA Division I ranks. Daniels had 20+ dig totals on 14 occasions. Her most incredible dig total came against Sacramento State on Nov. 16, when she had 33 in a four-game match with the Hornets. Not only was that sum the most by an Eagle since Verdoljak had 34 on Oct. 11, 2005, but it set a school record for digs in a four-game contest. On Oct. 13, she tallied 24 digs versus Sacramento State, the highest total attained by an Eagle in a three-game match since Verdoljak had 24 on Oct. 27, 2005. That total also tied for the most recorded by a Big Sky player in a three-game match in 2007. In the first weekend of league play, she had two of the best defensive performances in Eagle history, tallying 29 digs in each contest. To put that into perspective, only seven times from 2002 through 2006 had an Eagle tallied 29 digs in a contest. Near the end of the fifth game of Eastern Washington's incredible 30-26, 35-37, 40-38, 22-30, 17-15 win over Montana on Oct. 25, the second-highest scoring match in NCAA Division I history, the Eagles were trailing 14-12 when Daniels put her own crazy touch on the contest. That's when she bumped the ball over the net and saw it land between Grizzly players for a point and helped ignite Eastern's remarkable comeback.

2006: Daniels placed 152nd among NCAA Division I players and sixth among Big Sky Conference players with 4.4 digs per game. She led all Big Sky sophomores and all Eagle players in that statistical category, as well. When conference matches only were considered, her outstanding average of 5.36 digs per contest placed her second in the league. Her season-high total of 30 was attained in the most important contest of the year, the Big Sky Conference championship match versus Sacramento State. That total was just two shy of the Big Sky Tournament record for digs in a four-game match and helped the Eagles as a team hit the 101 mark, breaking the previous season high by 12. The 30-dig output for Daniels tied for the sixth-most accumulated by a Big Sky player in 2006. She accumulated high dig totals throughout the season. Daniels had 20 digs in a 3-1 loss to Portland State on Sept. 16 and 21 in a 3-1 loss to Northern Colorado a week later. A 24-dig output helped Eastern outlast Montana State, 3-1, while 15 digs were essential to EWU's 3-0 road sweep over Montana. Twenty-three digs helped Eastern defeat Portland State, 3-1. She earned the second-highest dig output by any Eagle in 2006 with 29 in a four-game victory over Northern Colorado. Daniels would tie for the fourth-highest Eagle dig total of the year with 24 in a four-game victory over Northern Arizona. She had an incredible sum of 20 digs through the first two games of a 3-0 sweep of Montana and finished the match with 21. In a 3-0 win in the Big Sky quarterfinals over Weber State, she led the squad with 19 digs. Her 16-dig output also set the Eagle pace the next night in a 3-0 sweep of Portland State in the semifinals. Her season would end with the 30-dig performance in the championship match.

2005: In limited time with the Eagles, Daniels saw action in 16 games and 10 matches. She had both of her season's service aces in a three-game sweep of North Florida on Sept. 7. She had six digs on the season, with a high of two coming in a five-game win over Idaho.

High School: In 2005, she won the Buzzy Welch MVP Award in the Greater Spokane League. Her high school volleyball team made the state playoffs two straight years. She was also a member of the University High School softball team, which won the state championship in 2003 and qualified for the state playoffs three consecutive years. Her last two years at U-High, Daniels was named First Team All-GSL, while she earned Second Team accolades as a sophomore. Her parents are Timothy and Karen Daniels, both Eastern graduates. She is majoring in business marketing.

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