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Academic Honors -- Named to the Superintendent's and Commandant's Lists for the 2009 spring semester ... qualified for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior.

2008 -- Is one of three returning players to have appeared in all 30 matches on the season ... posted a career-high 11 kills (and hit .450) vs. Holy Cross ... tallied seven or more kills in an additional nine matches on the year ... hauled in 10 or more digs in six matches, with a career-high 13 coming at American ... also added eight kills and five blocks in that contest ... totaled three or more blocks in eight matches, including a career-high tying seven against Hampton ... posted an attack percentage of .900 (9-0-10) against Winston-Salem State ... dropped in three or more service aces in seven matches ... recorded a career-high six aces against Lehigh ... ranked sixth in the league and 37th nationally in aces per set ... her 44 service aces tied for the team lead and ranks first among returning players.

2007 -- Appeared in every match but one on the year ... recorded eight kills in back-to-back matches at Wagner and against NJIT ... added a season-high 12 digs in the match at Wagner, while totaling five blocks against NJIT ... totaled four or more kills in 12 matches ... tallied a career-high seven blocks against UMBC ... recorded six blocks at American ... produced a hitting line of 6-1-11 (.455) against Lafayette ... recorded four kills on nine swings (.444) and five blocks in league tournament match against American.

2006 -- Recorded a season-high five kills in three-set match against La Salle ... proceeded to knock down four kills in the following match against Youngstown State ... also posted three kills in four matches ... tallied a season-best five blocks at Elon ... hauled in a season-high two digs in four matches.

High School -- Graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School ... earned four letters in volleyball and totaled six letters in outdoor and indoor track as a high jumper ... in volleyball, earned a trio of all-conference accolades, was selected as her team's MVP three times, garnered all-county honors as both a junior and senior and received all-metro laurels as a senior ... was selected as the MVP of the indoor track team three times, while earning all-conference honors three times and garnering all-county accolades twice ... served as the captain of the volleyball team as a junior and senior and captained the indoor track team as a senior.

Personal -- Abbie Jane Merkl ... born Dec. 16, 1987, in Washington, D.C. ... multiple family members, including her father, sister and brother, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy ... was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society ... applied mathematics major ... is interested in service selecting Navy aviation and becoming a flight officer.

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