2014 All-American Ebony Nwanebu enters her sophomore season with the Women of Troy as an outside hitter... she was named to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team selected to play in matches in China during the summer... played with the U.S. Senior National Team at the Montreux Volley Masters tournament in Montreux, Switzerland, and helped USA to a silver medal.
2013 Nwanebu was named the AVCA National Freshman of the Year and earned AVCA All-America First Team honors in a spectacular freshman campaign... named AVCA Pacific South Region Freshman of the Year... AVCA Pacific South All-Region Team... Volleyball Magazine Freshman of the Year... Volleyball Magazine All-America Second Team... chosen to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament Team... received Pac-12 All-Conference and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year... earned a record six Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards (Sept. 2, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 2)... chosen to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team in her first week of collegiate action... led USC with 3.47 kills per set (413 kills)... her .358 hitting percentage (413k, 78e, 935att) ranked sixth in the Pac-12; the only freshman and the only non-middle blocker to rank in the league's top 10 for hitting percentage... registered 97 blocks (0.82 bps)... scored 469.5 points and reached double-digit points in 27 matches... recorded double-digit kills 24 times including a career-high 30 kills without an error (53att) for a .566 hitting percentage against Washington in the NCAA regional final on Dec. 14.
HIGH SCHOOL Nwanebu prepped at Lovejoy High School in Lucas, Texas, under head coach Ryan Mitchell... named the Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine High School Player of the Year... PrepVolleyball.comSenior Ace No. 7... named an Under Armour All-American and helped Team West win the Under Armour All-American game... chosen as the Under Armour Skills Competition Hardest Hitter... picked to the Dallas Morning News SportsDayHS All-Area Team (first team as a sophomore and senior, and second team as a junior) and named the DMS Player of the Year in her senior season... three-time selection to the LoneStarVolleyball.com All-Texas First Team... a finalist for the PrepVolleyball.com Freshman of the Year award in 2009... led Lovejoy HS to three Texas 3A state championships (2010-12) and was named tournament MVP in 2010 and 2012... had 26 kills and 11 digs in the championships match and finished her senior season with 701 kills, 356 digs, 103 blocks, and 35 service aces.
CLUB VOLLEYBALL Nwanebu played for Texas Advantage Volleyball Club in Fort Worth, Texas, under coaches John Sample and Ping Cao... named Most Valuable Playerof the 2013 USAV Junior National Championships after leading TAV 18s to the national title... helped lead her club to the silver medal at the Junior National Championships in 2012... selected to the 2012 JNC All-Tournament Team.
PERSONAL Ebony Chinyere Nwanebu was born on June 5, 1995, in Austin, Texas... parents are Joyce Newell and Maxwell Nwanebu... has one younger brother named Max (11)... mother Joyce Newell played volleyball for Iowa Central Community College... lists Olympic volleyball silver medalist Flo Hyman as her sports heroine... aspires to become a teacher and a volleyball coach... majoring in education.