16 - Ayana Whitaker
Ayana Whitaker
Birth Date: 08/16/1992
Height: 6-3
Year: Junior
Hometown: Murrieta, Calif.
High School: Vista Murrieta HS
Position: MB
Experience: 1V

TITANS `10: Played in 49 sets over 16 matches, making 14 early-season starts • Made her collegiate debut on Aug. 27 scoring a kill, two digs and two block assists • Had a season-best three kills on three occasions (Sept. 17 vs. Penn, Sept. 22 vs. San Diego and Sept. 25 at Long Beach ) • Averaged 0.78 blocks per set and registered a season-high five blocks on Sept. 25 at Long Beach State • Solo blocked a season-high two attack attempts on Sept. 25 at Long Beach State and had a share of three block assists on Aug. 28 against Loyola Marymount • Had four of her 13 total digs on Sept. 4 against Colorado.

VISTA MURRIETA HS: Was a four-year letterwinner at Vista Murrieta High School (Murrieta, Calif.) for Head Coach Kristen Robarts and the Broncos • Was named to the AVCA's High School All-American Watch List in 2009 (senior year) and eventually earned All-Southwestern League Second Team honors for volleyball when she was the team-leader in kills and blocks • She was also a four-year track and field athlete, earning all-league first team recognition • Was a VMHS Scholar Athlete from 2007 to 2010.

PERSONAL: Born on Aug. 16, 1992, in Poway, Calif. • Full name is Ayana Jean Whitaker • Parents are Walter and Fay Whitaker • Has a younger brother, Walter (16) • Major is civil engineering • Her cousin, Tempest Bledsoe, portrayed the character Vanessa on TV's "The Cosby Show" • Is a Harry Potter enthusiast • Is an avid reader • Favorites include: Lil Wayne (musical artist), New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (athlete), New York Giants (team), curry goat with fried rice and plantains (food), "The Goonies" (movie), and "House" (TV show).